• 10 DEC 19
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    HSRAANZ endorses the Uluru Statement from the Heart

    At our 2019 Annual General Meeting in Auckland Health Services Research Association of Austrlia and New Zealand member Dr Kim O’Donnell, who is a Malyankapa/Barkindji woman, mother and public health researcher read and explained the importance of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and it’s call for a First Nations Voice enshrined in the constitution. The Statement was endorsed by the Association.

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    • 10 DEC 19
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    HSRAANZ Awards 2019 – Best Overall Paper– Highly Commended – Katherine Harding

    Katherine Harding’s highly commended paper “A model of access combining triage with initial management reduced waiting time for community outpatient services: a stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trial”.was published in BMC Med. It demonstrates that waiting times for community and outpatient services are not inevitable. Improvements in access can be achieved by addressing service inefficiencies and encouraging service providers to make priority decisions about service delivery in response to demand.

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    • 10 DEC 19
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    HSRAANZ Awards 2019 – Winner Best Qualitative Paper – Kristie Weir

    Kristie’s paper “Decision-Making Preferences and Deprescribing: Perspectives of Older Adults and Companions about their Medicines” was published in the Journal of Gerontology. It found that there are new ways to characterise older people who take multiple medicines and those who are open to “deprescribing”. The study provides a novel way to describe differences between older people who are happy to take multiple medicines and those who are open to deprescribing.

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    • 10 DEC 19
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    HSRAANZ 2019 Awards – Best Paper by an Early Career Researcher – Highly Commended, Andrea Schaffer

    Andrea Schaffer an early career researcher from the Centre for Big Data in Health, UNSW was highly commended for her paper ‘”Trajectories of antipsychotic use before and during pregnancy, and associated maternal and birth characteristics” published in Aust N Z J Psychiatry. The paper described a study of antipsychotic use in a cohort of 137,993 women from the Maternal Use of Medications and Safety (MUMS) study who gave birth in New South Wales, and characterised them according to their mental health characteristics and birth outcomes using linked administrative health data (perinatal data, medicine claims data, hospital admissions, and death registry data). Women using antipsychotic medicines around pregnancy were heterogeneous, with varying mental health needs and complexity of treatment, and high rates of risk factors such as smoking and substance use disorder. It is therefore important that clinical guidance about use of antipsychotics in pregnancy be tailored to a woman’s individual circumstances as much as possible.

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    • 10 DEC 19
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    HSRAANZ 2019 Awards – Best Paper by an Early Career Researcher – Winner, Sopany Saing

    Sopany Saing and researchers from the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation at the University of Technology Sydney used real-world data to provide the first ex-post evaluation study of the cost effectiveness of mandatory folic acid fortification of bread-making flour in Australia. Equity in outcomes were demonstrated by larger reductions in the neural tube defect rate in babies of teenage mothers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers, both sub-groups who had the highest rates of neural tube defects prior to the introduction of the mandatory policy.

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    • 10 DEC 19
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    HSRAANZ 2019 Awards – Highly Commended PhD Paper – Michelle Tew

    Michelle’s paper “Incorporating Future Medical Costs: Impact on Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Cancer Patients” was published in Pharmacoeconomics. The aim of the study was to demonstrate the impact of incorporating future medical costs through an applied example using original data from a clinical study evaluating the cost-effectiveness of a sepsis intervention in cancer patients. The study was able to demonstrate the practicability of including future medical costs using publicly available data and the importance of capturing existing heterogeneity between cancer types which can give rise to different cost-effectiveness results. This provides important input into treatment, planning and policy decisions.

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    • 10 DEC 19
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    HSRAANZ 2019 Awards – Highly Commended PhD Paper -Jodie Bailie

    Jodie’s paper “Comparing and contrasting ‘innovation platforms’ with other forms of professional networks for strengthening primary healthcare systems for Indigenous Australians”, was published in 2018 in the BMJ Global Health. The author’s compare and contrast the concept of innovation platforms with other types of networks that can be used in efforts to strengthen primary healthcare systems, such as communities of practice, practice-based research networks and quality improvement collaboratives. They reflect on thier ongoing research programme that applies innovation platform concepts to drive large-scale quality improvement in primary healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and outline plans for evaluation. Lessons from thier experience will find resonance with others working on similar initiatives in global health.

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    • 09 DEC 19
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    HSRAANZ 2019 Awards – Winner Best Paper by a PhD Student – Dr Jonathan Kaufman

    Dr Jonathan Kaufman, a general paediatrician at Sunshine Hospital and PhD student in the Health Services Research Group, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne is the winner of our HSRAANZ Best PhD Paper Award 2019 for his paper “Liquid Gold: the cost-effectiveness of urine sample collection methods for young pre-continent children”. The study aimed to determine the cost-effectiveness of urine sample collection methods used for young children in the emergency department setting.

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    • 27 NOV 19
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    11th Health Services and Policy Research Conference

    We are counting down the days until our 11th Health Services and Policy Research Conference.  There is still time to register but if you are unable to attend you can still engage with all the action and with your health services research colleagues on twitter.   Our twitter handle is @hsraanz and the official conference #hashtag is #hsr19.

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    • 27 NOV 19
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    HSRAANZ Distinguished Investigator Professor Libby Roughead wins the Research Australia 2017 Health Services Research Award

    These prestigious awards are a celebration of the outstanding efforts and achievements of individuals and teams who drive and support the opportunities that health and medical innovation bring to each and every one of our lives.  It was great to see our nominee and HSRAANZ Distinguished Investigator Professor Libby Roughead and Kathryn North, CEO of one of our Corporate Groups, the  Murdoch Children’s Research Institute of Medical Research, take out category wins.

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