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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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    • 01 JUN 17

    Waves of health reform: not so impressive after all?

    In this article from Croakey unpacking current health policy concerns, long-term rural health advocate, Gordon Gregory, argues that “health reform” is a term that is much over-used and inappropriately applied.

    In particular, he queries the usefulness of Health Minister Greg Hunt’s characterisation of three “waves of health reform”.

    However, Gregory, former CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA), does offer the Minister a way out of the froth and boil of crashing waves – with a list of 16 areas where “real and desirable” reforms could be made.

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    • 01 JUN 17

    Dr Karen Luxford appointed CEO of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons

    Dr Karen Luxford

    Lifetime HSRAANZ member Dr Karen Luxford has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS).

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    • 29 MAY 17

    HSRAANZ Webinar Series – The Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice – Recording Available

    The recording of this webinar held on 18 May is now available. It features:

    Robin Osborn (Vice President and Director, The Commonwealth Fund) discussing how the Fellowship works, the program throughout the year, and eligibility

    Jane Hall (Director of Strategy, Centre for Health Economics and Research Evaluation, University of Technology Sydney) on he Fellowship and its relevance to Australian applicants.

    Robyn Whittaker (2010-11 New Zealand Harkness Fellow) discussing her Harkness Fellowship experience, her project, and how the Harkness Fellowship changed her life, personally and professionally.

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    • 29 MAY 17

    HSRAANZ Webinar Series – Weekend allied health services in rehabilitation – Recording Available

    This webinar presented by Prof Nicholas Taylor and Dr Natasha Brusco looked at research on provision of additional weekend rehabilitation services. A series of preliminary studies including systematic reviews, a national survey of practice, and a pilot study were conducted prior to completion of a large randomised controlled trial of rehabilitation inpatients allocated to either a 6-day rehabilitation service (Monday to Saturday) or to standard care (5-day rehabilitation service Monday to Friday).

    A recording is now available.

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    • 29 MAY 17

    HCF Research Foundation Research Grants – 2017 Call for Expressions of Interest Now Open

    The HCF Research Foundation is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from research teams interested in funding for health services research to begin in 2017 that will drive improvements in the quality, safety, appropriateness and cost effectiveness of health care in Australia.

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    • 29 MAY 17

    NHMRC announces overhaul of grant funding program

    The Federal Health Minister, the Honourable Greg Hunt, has announced the National Health and Medical Council’s (NHMRC) grant funding program restructure.

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    • 15 MAY 17

    2017 Awards & Prizes – Call for Nominations now open

    The call for nominations for the HSRAANZ Distinguished Investigator Awards and the Health Services and Policy Research Papers of the Year are now open. The call for nominations close on 31 July and the awards will be presented at the HSRAANZ Conference on 1-3 November.

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    • 10 MAY 17

    The Thinking that Drives Low Value Care

    In this blog Jason Soon, Senior Policy Officer (Health Economics), Policy & Advocacy, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians discusses the recent MJA article on “Countering cognitive biases in minimising low value care”

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