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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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Katherine Harding is a Senior Allied Health Research Fellow and  Allied Health Clinical Research Office,  with Eastern Health.  Her research interest include improving access, triage processes and patient flow in outpatient health settings.  Katherine is a key member of the HSRAANZ Executive.

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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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    • 08 JUN 17

    High Value Data Collections Project – National Survey of Researchers

    An online national survey of researchers is underway to confirm the ‘High Value or Core data Collections’ that should be made available across Australia for linked data research in health and the range of human services. Have your say!

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    • 08 JUN 17

    Adding Health Economics to Your Cancer Research

    On Tuesday 23 May 2017 the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer held a workshop on “Adding health economics to your cancer research”.

    The workshop was designed to illustrate how health economics can be incorporated into health-based practice or research, with a focus on cancer research.

    The methods and results of health economics research conducted within the cancer field were be presented by leaders in this field, including the HSRAANZ President Prof Jon Karnon and member Dr Alison Pearce.

    A recording of the workshop is now available.

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    • 08 JUN 17

    Practice nurse-led weight management in Australian general practice

    Australia has one of the highest rates of overweight and obesity among developed nations. General practitioners and practice nurses are well placed to intervene, but there are currently no widely implemented weight management programs in Australian general practice. The UK-based Counterweight Program provides a structured, evidence-based model for managing obesity in adults that can be delivered by practice nurses as part of routine clinical care. A recent Australian feasibility study demonstrated that Australian general practice staff and patients found Counterweight to be feasible, acceptable and perceived it as valuable; however, funding limitations were identified as the biggest challenge to continued program delivery.

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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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