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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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Our latest member interview is with Sophie Hickey, a Postdoctoral Research Officer at Mater Health.   Sophie currently manages a large longitudinal cohort study of Indigenous mothers and children designed to provide feedback to local service providers on best practice maternity care. The Indigenous Birthing in an Urban Setting Study is an NHMRC-funded five-year multi-methods evaluation of a new model of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families: Birthing in Our Community. It is a partnership between the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane Ltd, and the Mater Mothers Hospital. Four years in and the new model is proving popular with women and families and improving maternal and infant health outcomes.

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    • 18 OCT 17

    50 years since citizenship: successes and challenges in Indigenous Health

    How far have we come in improving the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the past 50 years? The latest issue of Public Health Research & Practice (PHRP) explores some of the changes that have occurred since the 1967 referendum saw Australians vote “yes” to changing the constitution and allowing the Federal Government to create laws for Indigenous people.

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    • 12 OCT 17

    NHMRC – New Grant Program Public Consultation on Peer Review

    The NHMRC is inviting submissions to its consultation paper on peer review in the new grant program. It is also inviting researchers to nominate themselves to be considered for appointment to NHMRC peer review panels that will assess applications submitted to the 2018 round of funding schemes.

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    • 25 SEP 17

    Australia’s health system is enviable, but there’s room for improvement

    In this article from the Conversation’s global series about health systems, examining different health care systems all over the world, Stephen Duckett, Grattan Institute takes a look at the Australian system. He concludes that, although Australian’s are rightly proud of their health system and value Medicare highly, this is not to say they see the health system through rose-coloured glasses. Health care regularly rates as one of the top three issues of concern to voters.

    The general directions of policy in Australia are similar to international trends – more efforts to establish better relationships between hospitals and family doctors; more emphasis on rewarding health care providers for improved outcomes; and implementing new methods to pay doctors for managing the care of people with chronic conditions.

    But core to all reform proposals in Australia is a commitment to maintain universal access and tax-based financing.

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    • 21 SEP 17

    Over 45s report positive experiences with Australia’s health care system

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) jointly present information from the Survey of Health Care, Australia, 2016. This survey explored the experiences of people aged 45 years and over who had seen a GP in the previous 12 months, with a focus on coordination of health care, including information transfer between GPs, specialists and hospitals in Australia. Coordination of care is important for quality health care and has been shown to improve people’s health outcomes. It found that “Overall, the majority of people believe they are well-informed about their medical care or treatment but there are differing levels of satisfaction”.

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    • 21 SEP 17

    As Victorian MPs debate assisted dying, it is vital they examine the evidence, not just the rhetoric

    In this article from The Conversation Ben White, Queensland University of Technology; Andrew McGee, Queensland University of Technology, and Lindy Willmott, Queensland University of Technology consider how Victorian MPs will sift through competing claims as they prepare to debate an assisted dying bill.

    In late October Ben and Lindy will present a joint webinar for the Association on “Futile treatment and why doctors provide it to patients at the end of life: some empirical findings”

    Assisted dying in Australia is no longer a matter of “if” but “when”. Will the “when” be 2017 through the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill likely to be tabled in the Victorian parliament this week?

    The politics of assisted dying are notoriously unpredictable, and how our politicians ultimately vote may turn on last-minute lobbying. However, a robust process to develop the bill, coupled with government and high-profile political support, means reform is a real possibility.

    As with previous Australian assisted dying bills, Victorian parliamentarians have been offered a conscience vote. As politicians ponder how they will respond, interest groups on both sides of the debate are lobbying fiercely. MPs are being provided with a range of conflicting information about how assisted dying regimes operate overseas and the risks or benefits of these regimes.

    How can politicians sift through and assess these competing claims?

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    • 21 SEP 17

    Words of Wisdom from those who publish (and do not perish)

    This article from the Literary Hub debunks some of the myths surrounding academic writing, and not least the fallacy of effortless productivity.

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    • 21 SEP 17

    New Zealand’s health service performs well, but inequities remain high

    In this article, which is part of The Conversation’s global series about health systems, examining different health care systems all over the world, our past president Jacqueline Cumming explores New Zealand’s health care system. Comprehensive and largely publicly funded, the New Zealand System generally performs well, but there are significant inequities in access and outcomes.

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    • 31 AUG 17

    Uncovering Scandinavia’s health-data secrets

    While other countries are increasingly using health data in clever ways, Australia is being left behind according to a recent article published in the Medical Republic . “This is a global phenomenon and Australia, to its detriment, is not yet participating,” the Productivity Commission said in its March 2017 commission’s report.

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