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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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Megan Campbell is the Centre Manager of the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation, and Program Leader for Health Services Research at QUT.    Megan's expertise lies in the strategic management of large scale research programs, with a strong interest in Implementation Science.

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    • 06 MAR 17

    How to slash half a billion dollars a year from Australia’s drugs bill

    In this article for The Conversation Jonathan Karnon, University of Adelaide; Laura C Edney, University of Adelaide, and Michael Sorich, Flinders highlight how Australia is spending too much for pharmaceuticals because of a little known loophole that allows drug companies to overcharge the government for a wide range of drugs. Their latest research suggests that by closing this loophole – so the price of these newer but equivalent drugs drops to those of existing, equally beneficial drugs – the government could save more than A$500m a year on its drugs bill.

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    • 23 FEB 17

    HSRAANZ Webinar Series – Understanding the potential of telehealth for people in remote locations

    In this HSRAANZ Webinar Dr Anthony Smith , Associate Professor and Director of the University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health reviewed the successes and failures of telehealth use for patients in remote locations. You can view a recording of the Webinar here.

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    • 21 FEB 17

    MRFF and the NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres (AHRTCs)

    The four accredited AHRTCs have formed an Alliance and a recent communique described discussions with the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing in relation to the MRFF and opportunities for the AHRTCs to undertake prioritised research through their partners that align with MRFF priorities. The Association’s President Jon Karnon recently met with Professor Steve Wesselingh (head of the SA Academic Health Science and Translation Centre) to get an update on progress and to emphasise and discuss the Association’s potential role in promoting and supporting the conduct of high quality health services research as part of the MRFF.

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    • 09 FEB 17

    HSRAANZ Webinar – Understanding the potential of telehealth for people in remote locations

    Presented by Dr Anthony Smith, Associate Professor and Director of the University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health, this webinar will give an overview of a range of telehealth projects led by the University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health (COH). Over time, most projects have been successfully translated from a research idea into routine service delivery in Queensland. Critical steps in establishing these projects will be discussed, as well as key research findings, challenges and lessons learnt.

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    • 23 JAN 17

    New Research – Birth date associated with ADHD Diagnosis

    New research from Western Australia has found that the youngest children in a school class are twice as likely to have received medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as their older classmates.

    Published in the Medical Journal of Australia, the research analysed data from 311 384 WA schoolchildren aged 6 to 10 years (born July 2003 – June 2008) or 11 to 15 years (born July 1998 – June 2003). A total of 5937 children (1.9%) received medication for ADHD; the proportion of boys receiving medication (2.9%) was higher than that of girls (0.8%).

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    • 19 JAN 17

    Developing capacity and collaboration in HSR

    In this blog, the Association’s President Jon Karnon makes the case for an Australian HSR-related PhD program similar to the SPHeRE (Structured Population and Health-services Research Education) Programme currently running in Ireland to produce the health services researchers of the future.

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    • 13 JAN 17

    The current state of play of health services research across Australia and New Zealand – Interim Results of the HSRAANZ Review

    In December 2016 the HSRAANZ held a Symposium at the National Press Club Canberra. The theme for the day was Health Services Research – where to from here? A review of the state and potential of HSR in Australia and New Zealand. The morning session included a presentation on the current state of HSR, drawing on the interim results from a study commissioned by HSRAANZ and conducted by the University of Newcastle. Whilst some caution needs to be aired when interpreting the information presented (given the analysis is not yet complete), there are some interesting observations coming through.

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    • 13 JAN 17

    Right Care

    A Series of four papers and accompanying comments published in The Lancet examines the extent of overuse and underuse worldwide, highlights the drivers of inappropriate care, and provides a framework to begin to address overuse and underuse together to achieve the right care for health and wellbeing. The authors argue that achieving the right care is both an urgent task and an enormous opportunity.

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