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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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    • 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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    • 15 DEC 16

    HSRAANZ President’s Wrap of 2016

    Our President, Jon Karnon, looks back at the Association’s activities and achievements in 2016. This has been a very productive and positive year for the Association and for HSR. A great deal of our year has been taken up with responding on behalf of the HSR community to the large number of consultations on health reform and research funding. Throughout the year we have been working hard to raise the profile of HSR and show its real world impact on healthcare and population health. Initiatives have included growing our HSR webinar series and HSR blog; commissioning research with Newcastle University into the state and potential of health services research in Australia and New Zealand; engaging with clinicians and policy makers at our end of year Symposium and AGM and recognising the best health services research through our HSR awards.

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    • 13 DEC 16

    Health and Self

    When women receive a breast cancer diagnosis they face choices not only about their immediate treatment but also about how to manage the risk of recurrence. For a growing number of women that involves surgery to remove a healthy breast. This study by Richard De Abreu Lourenco, of the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) at UTS, which was nominated for the HSRAANZ Best PhD Prize, seeks to understand what factors influence this choice.

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    • 06 DEC 16

    Congratulations to our 2016 HSRAANZ Award Winners

    The best and most impactful health services research has been celebrated at the HSRAANZ Symposium and AGM in Canberra on 1 December. Leading researchers and policy makers gathered at the National Press Club to consider the future direction of health services research and heard from leading health services researchers about how their work is having real world impact. At the end of the event awards were made in the categories of Best Impact Project, Best Paper and Best PhD Student.

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    • 06 DEC 16

    New HSRAANZ Executive Committee

    Read about the Association’s new Executive Committtee announced at our AGM on 1 December 2016. And let our Executive Officer, Sarah Green know if you would like to get more actively involved with the work of the Association.

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    • 05 DEC 16
    Screening for important unwarranted variation in clinical practice: a triple-test of processes of care, costs and patient outcomes

    Screening for important unwarranted variation in clinical practice: a triple-test of processes of care, costs and patient outcomes

    Andrew Partington from the School of Public Health, University of Adelaide talks about his paper which won the HSRAANZ Best Quantitative Paper Award .

    Quality improvement initiatives in healthcare are not trivial pursuits. They require resources and engagement with clinicians and front line staff. Policy levers are needed to prioritise initiatives with the greatest ‘bang for buck’ to reduce the risk of seemingly ‘inefficient policy’ being scrapped.

    Andrew’s paper presents a case study of a practicable approach to using routinely collected data to compare risk-adjusted costs, outcomes and processes across providers and patient sub-groups. Such analyses improve on the use of singular, non-adjusted measures of performance to identify priority areas for non-trivial investments in time and financial resources to improve service quality.

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    • 05 DEC 16

    Stopping futile treatment – the challenge for doctors

    The winners of the HSRAANZ Best Qualitative Paper Award talk about their research on the reasons doctors provide futile treatment.

    There is evidence that doctors sometimes provide treatment at the end of life even though they believe it will not benefit the patient. However, little is known about why this occurs. Recent empirical research (96 interviews of doctors from a range of specialties in three tertiary public hospitals) undertaken in Australia has shed light on this. Doctors attribute this to a wide range of inter-related factors: characteristics of treating doctors (including their orientation towards curative treatment); attributes of the patient and family (including their requests for further treatment and prognostic uncertainty); and hospital factors (including a high degree of specialisation).

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