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About the HSRAANZ

Founded in 2001, the Health Services Research Association of Australia & New Zealand (HSRAANZ) supports and promotes the conduct and dissemination of applied research to improve the delivery and organisation of health services in Australia and New Zealand. With a wide range of individual and corporate members from universities, research centres, government departments, independent government agencies, and consumer groups the Association bridges the gap between research and policy, as well as reflecting consumer issues. We also have two special interest groups, focussing on Emerging Researchers and Indigenous Health Services Research, both of which have a prominent role at our main conference. [read more]
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We are pleased to welcome our latest Corporate Member.  The NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre is an academic research organisation at the University of Sydney, Australia and a leader in the conduct of large-scale collaborative clinical trials and high quality trial related research in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and perinatal disorders.

The Centre's health economics group undertakes methodological and applied health services research including within-trial and modelled economic evaluations, preference studies and meta-analyses that inform health policy and decision making.

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    • 12 JUL 16

    HSRAANZ Webinar Series – Strategies to implement evidence: audit and feedback 27 July at 12pm (GMT+10:00)

    Evidence-based healthcare relies on the use of the best available evidence in healthcare. This often requires a change in the way care is delivered, and change can be difficult. This presentation by Associate Professor Zachary Munn from the Joanna Briggs Institute will describe methods for evidence implementation, with a focus on audit and feedback as a mechanism to change and improve practice.

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    • 27 JUN 16

    HSRAANZ Response to the ARC Engagement and Impact Assessment Paper

    The HSRAANZ’s response to the Australian Research Councils Engagement and Impact Assessment Consultation Paper argues that a key issue with the impact measurement of Medical and Health Sciences research through the analysis of citations in peer reviewed journals is that Public Health and Health Services research is generally mostly relevant to the jurisdiction in which it is conducted and therefore research undertaken in Australia is less likely to be cited in other jurisdictions than laboratory-based or clinical Medical and Health Sciences research.

    Analyses of citations in peer reviewed journals do not reflect impact on healthcare policy and practice and on patient outcomes and population health within Australia. Policymakers do not tend to report in peer reviewed journals, but are more likely to cite research that influences policy and practice in non-peer reviewed government reports and other publications found in the grey literature.

    Consideration should therefore be given the expansion of citation analyses to include the grey literature and the inclusion of case studies or exemplars of research that has influenced policy and practice in the assessment of research impact and engagement in the Medical and Health Sciences division.

    For a more general research assessment exercise, it might be more appropriate to count significant examples of research translation to active researchers. Analogous to the analysis of average citation rates across research papers within an ANZSRC group, the average frequency and grade of policy or practice impact and engagement across eligible researchers assigned to each ANZSRC group could be estimated.

    Assessments of research impact based on citation analyses and case studies or exemplars could be reported separately.

    A single, pooled measure of research impact would be more consensus-based and subjective than the numbers driven assessment of citations (noting that quantitative citation measures may provide false quality assurance by not explicitly accounting for differences in research applicability across jurisdictions).

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    • 24 JUN 16

    HSR17 – ‘Shifting Priorities: balancing acute and primary care services’

    Professor Nick Graves looks forward to our 10th Health Services and Policy Research Conference which will be held at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Gold Coast Queensland on Wed 1st –Fri 3rd November 2017. This is a wonderful location for a meeting. The theme is ‘Shifting Priorities: balancing acute and primary care services’ and it’s topical.

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    • 07 JUN 16

    HSRAANZ Submission – Australian Medical Research and Innovation Five Year Strategy

    The HSRAANZ has made a submission to The Australian Medical Research Advisory Board’s (Advisory Board) call for views and ideas on its Strategy and Priorities, which are intended to ensure a coherent and consistent approach is adopted when disbursing MRFF funding into the health and medical research sector. The Association’s submission concentrate’s on the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy (Strategy). The submission “A Research Strategy to Improve Health Services Research” defines two broad forms of HSR – local HSR and large scale HSR – and provides a rationale and some broad suggestions to improve the conduct and impact of both forms of HSR in Australia. It concludes that further work is required to develop and appraise specific actions, but an overarching component of the submission is the call for a National Centre for Health Services Research. The Centre will oversee both forms of HSR and provide the basis for developing the necessary infrastructure to ensure HSR reaches its potential to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians. We would welcome comments on our approach.

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    • 06 JUN 16

    HSRAANZ Data Availability Survey

    If you have accessed external existing datasets to support health services research, we would like to use your views and experiences to inform a submission to the Australian Productivity Commission public inquiry into data availability and use. Please take 10 minutes to complete our “Data Availability Survey”.

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    • 02 JUN 16

    HSRAANZ Mentoring Program

    Final call for mentors and mentees for a 2016 Mentoring Program. Applications close on Friday 10 June 2016.

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    • 31 MAY 16

    Interview with Professor Colette Browning, Director RDNS Institute

    We recently interviewed Professor Colette Browning, the Director of the RDNS Institute, our latest corporate member. The RDNS Institute has forged a unique place in the field of primary and community care research. By translating its research into improved services for its clients and the community, the Institute has grown a reputation for high impact community health and aged care service research. Its research assists clients to gain more independence, comfort and choice in relation to their healthcare and helps them to remain at home, living fuller and more satisfying lives.

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    • 27 MAY 16

    Slides and Video from our latest webinar on “Obesity and General Practice” now available

    This webinar jointly presented by Prof Jon Karnon and Jodi Gray (University of Adelaide) and Mark Harris (University of New South Wales) addressed: the issues around the management of obesity in primary care; what referral options are needed and the role that local health authorities and PHNs can play in developing these; and an opportunity to express an interest in involvement in further research in this area.

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