The results of the election for members of the HSRAANZ Executive Committee were announced at the Association's Annual General Meeting on 26 November.
New HSRAANZ President
Associate Professor Rachael Morton from the University of Sydney has stepped up the to the role of President, taking over from Professor Johnathan Karnon who will mentor Rachael as the Past President member of the committee.
Rachael is a health economist at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney and leader in the economic evaluation of treatments in cancer and chronic kidney disease. She has a MScMed (Clin Epi)(Hons) and a PhD in Health Economics from the University of Sydney, and her research program focuses on the incorporation of patient-centred and economic outcomes into clinical trials that facilitate policy decision-making on the basis of cost-effectiveness. She currently leads economic evaluations for 11 trials including diagnostic test evaluation, interventions in genomic information provision, surgery, and advance care planning. Her methodological research interests include patient reported outcomes for health system valuation, preference elicitation using discrete choice experiments, and value of information analysis. Since 2013, A/Prof Morton has published over 85 research articles in high impact medical and health services research journals and been awarded $32M in competitive research funding from NHMRC, Cancer Australia, DoH and the EU
In accepting her new role Rachael acknowledged the contribution that Jon Karnon has made to the Association's development. Jon was the Convenor of the Adelaide Conference 2011, becoming Vice-President in December 2013 and President in December 2014. During his tenure Jon introduced the new website, research blog, and the HSR Webinar series and expanded our Awards and Prizes program. He commissioned our State of HSR project and publication, and expanded our policy and advocacy roles, particularly engaging with the Commonwealth government and the Australia Health Research Alliance (AHRA) (comprising the NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres) to promote the value of funding high-quality health services research through the MRFF.
Rachael stated that her priorities as President would be to continue to demonstrate the value of health services research to the health system and health funders and to continue to work closely with the AHRA and the seven AHRTCs for support for HSR from the MRFF.
Life Membership for Professor Jackie Cumming
Jon will stay on the Executive as our Past-President member and in that role will act as a mentor to the new President. This means that Professor Jackie Cumming retires as Past President. Jackie has been involved with the Association right from that first conference in 1999, serving as Vice-President until the end of 2007, and then President until 2014, and in that time ran two highly successful Wellington conferences and implemented the Associations indigenous program and strengthened links with New Zealand researchers. It was agreed that Jackie should be awarded life membership of the Association in recognition of her outstanding service.
Laura Wilkinson-Meyers from Auckland University continues in the role of Vice-President, with Katherine Harding and Megan Campbell stepping up as Secretary and Treasurer. Two new faces on the Executive are ordinary members Associate Professor Julie Redfern and Emmanuel Gnanamanickam.
Co-opted and appointed members of the committee will be confirmed by the Executive at its first meeting in 2019.
Thanks were recorded for retiring member - Associate Professor Kim Dalziel. Kim joined the Executive in December 2012 and took over as Secretary in December 2014. She was the joint convenor of the 2015 Melbourne Conference. An enthusiastic committee member, Kim helped develop our awards and prizes program, chairing several judging panels and assisting in the delivery of our webinar series.
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