• 26 APR 17
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    New Report on General Practice Trends

    GP job satisfaction falls while the challenges to the sector increase, says the ANZ – Melbourne Institute Health Sector Report released today.

    Government funding reforms, demographic shifts and structural changes are transforming general medical practice in Australia, according to a major new study from the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne.

    Led by Professor Anthony Scott, the ANZ and Melbourne Institute Health Sector Report analyses 10 years of the latest available public data about general practice as well as the Institute’s custom-designed longitudinal study – the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment and Life (MABEL) survey of doctors.

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    • 26 APR 17
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    World Report on Health Policy and Systems Research – Tracing the evolution of HPSR over 20 years:1996-2016

    The report describes the evolution of the field of health policy and systems research (HPSR) and provides figures on the number of publications produced, funding trends and institutional capacity in Low Income Countries (LMICs) to conduct HPSR. It provides insight into how the multidisciplinary and systems approach used in HPSR can help countries advance the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) agenda. In the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era, where tackling inequity is centre stage, the report provides practical and insightful recommendations on how to reorient health research so that it may respond more effectively to public health challenges on a national and global level.

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    • 26 APR 17
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    Otago researchers scrutinise DHBs’ spend on outside consultants

    The amount of money spent on external consultants by New Zealand’s 20 District Health Boards (DHBs) is substantial and poorly monitored, University of Otago research suggests. In research published in the international journal Health Policy, Research Fellow Dr Erin Penno and Professor Robin Gauld of the Otago Business School estimated that each year DHBs pay external consultants anywhere between $10m and $60m. The pair also found many boards were unable to easily identify the extent or purpose of this consultancy activity, or distinguish it from other contracting. Only six said they had formalised policies in place regarding engaging such consultants.

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    • 04 APR 17
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    HSRAANZ Webinar Series – Needs must: Changing the focus of workforce planning models. Recording Now Available

    The slides and video from Dr Steve Birch’s webinar are now available. In his webinar Steve presented a new approach to health workforce planning that accommodates changes in population needs, changes in the services planned to address needs and changes in the way those services are to be delivered was presented. The approach provides an important input to policies aimed at addressing the continuing rapid increases in the costs of publicly funded health care systems and answering claims that such systems are no longer sustainable.

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    • 23 MAR 17
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    10th Health Services and Policy Research Conference – Call for Abstracts Now Open

    10th Health Services and Policy Research Conference – Call for Abstracts Now Open

    The call for abstracts for the 10th Health Services and Policy Research Conference are now open. The call for symposiums closes on 7 April 2017 and for oral presentations and posters on 9 June.

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    • 23 MAR 17
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    HSRAANZ Webinar 29 March – Needs must: Changing the focus of workforce planning models

    And don’t forget our tomorrow’s webinar, presented by Dr Steve Birch, Professor in The Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis at McMaster University in Canada and in the Centre for Health Economics at the University of Manchester. 10am AEDT

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    • 14 MAR 17
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    Congratulations to Dr Kim Dalziel awarded Harkness Fellowship

    Dr Kim Dalziel, Senior Research Fellow from the Health Economics Unit in the Centre for Health Policy, has been awarded the Harkness Fellowship by the Commonwealth Fund. Kim will study how the health system supports children with special health care needs and how government can use private health insurance to achieve equity and efficiency objectives.

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    • 06 MAR 17
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    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
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    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
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    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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