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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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    • 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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    • 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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