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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 Hamish Robertson, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Services Management, Faculty of Health, UTS.  Hamish's research interests are health and medical geography in the fields of health, ageing and disability.

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    • 22 JUN 17

    HSRAANZ Webinar Series – An introduction to the GRADE approach in systematic reviews and guideline development – 18 July

    A video of our latest webinar is now available to view. In this short webinar A/Professor Zachary Munn Director Transfer Science, Joanna Briggs Institute and Director JBI Adelaide GRADE Center provides an introduction to the GRADE approach in systematic reviews, health technology assessment and in developing trustworthy clinical guidelines.

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    • 22 JUN 17

    Improving health outcomes, wellbeing and equity for refugee background women, children and families

    This week is Refugee Week – a celebration of the contribution refugees make to our country, and to help raise awareness about issues affecting refugees.

    Through their research, or Corporate Member the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Refugee and Migrant Health Research Program is working to find ways to improve health outcomes, wellbeing and equity for refugee background women, children and families. Their Group Pregnancy Care project is trialling a new way of providing antenatal care to refugee background women and children to encourage a culturally safe, healthy start to life – and this is just one of their groundbreaking projects!

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    • 20 JUN 17

    State Health Budgets

    A look at how health has fared in the 2017-18 State Budget announcements.  

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    • 20 JUN 17

    Burden of cancer in Australia: Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011

    Cancer was the greatest cause of health burden in Australia in 2011, accounting for around one-fifth of the total disease burden, according to a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Most (94%) of this burden was due to dying prematurely, with only a small proportion of the burden due to living with a cancer diagnosis. This report explores in further detail the burden of cancer in Australia, including cancer burden in Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people, and by remoteness and socioeconomic group. It also looks at how the cancer burden has changed since 2003, and the potential burden of cancer expected in 2020.

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    • 20 JUN 17

    ‘Buurtzorg’. The Dutch word that could revolutionize healthcare

    A proactive approach to social care has enabled the Dutch healthcare system to reduce costs by around 40%, while the time it takes to administer care has been slashed by a staggering 50%. ‘Buurtzorg’, meaning ‘neighbourhood care’, allows nurses to act as a ‘health coach’ for their patients, advising them on how to stay healthy, caring for their needs and using their initiative. These impressive achievements have not gone unnoticed, with a host of other countries around the world considering a similar style of community care.

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    • 15 JUN 17

    Commissioning no cure for Australian health equity

    Though it has the potential to increase objectivity, improve targeted delivery of services and reduce conflicts of interest, opening primary care to market forces is a poor fit for the Australian context and stands to entrench disadvantage, according to a new study published this week.

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    • 13 JUN 17

    HSRAANZ Webinar – Conclusions versus Decisions in Quantitative Research – Recording Now Available

    Presented by Dr Catalin Tufanaru from the Joanna Briggs Institute this webinar draws on the insights from the works of brilliant statisticians, such as Fisher, Neyman, Pearson, Lindley, Birnbaum, Pratt, Raiffa, Good and Tukey to present the fundamental issues related to the debate regarding the distinction between conclusions and decisions in quantitative research.

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    • 08 JUN 17

    Productivity Commission Draft Report – Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Reforms to Human Services

    The productivity commission has released their draft report on competition and user choice in human services for comment by written submission by Friday 14 July and public hearings. The report makes a number of recommendations for improving the provision of health care including caring for people at the end of their life as well as hospital and dental services.

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