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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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    • 25 AUG 16

    Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program – HSRAANZ Survey Results and Submission

    To inform its submission to the Structural Review of the NHMRC’s Grant Program the HSRAANZ undertook an online survey of health services researchers’ views on the three possible alternative models to the existing grant program. The survey report and our submission to the NHMRC can be read here.

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    • 25 AUG 16

    The organisational benefits of a strong research culture in a health service

    A systematic review published in Australian Health Review sheds light what impact investments that contribute to a research culture have on organisational performance of health services. Do research activities distract from clinical care, reducing efficiency and productivity? Or conversely, do they have benefits for health service organisations? For example, can a strong research culture lead to a more stimulating workplace that attracts and retains quality staff and encourages the uptake of evidence based practice, with flow on benefits for improved service delivery?

    The results provide evidence that a positive research culture and interventions directed at the health workforce are associated with patient, staff and organisational benefits. However, questions remain about the nature of this association, and more evidence is needed to help managers and policy makers to determine the return on investment in activities that contribute to a research culture.

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    • 25 AUG 16

    Significant differences in use of linked hospital data for research in Australia: NSW and WA leading the way

    A recent paper, Growth of linked hospital data use in Australia: a systematic review, published in the Australian Health Review highlighted large variations in the use of hospital data linkage for health services research purposes across Australian states. This study conducted by researchers at the Centre for Health Policy at the University of Melbourne showed that the large majority (83%) of the published literature which uses linked hospital data for health research were contributed by two states, Western Australia and New South Wales while other states significantly lag behind (see attached figure). The paper also highlighted the lack of publications utilising multi-state data through data linkage which could indicate the presence of significant barriers in conducting cross-jurisdictional research. There have been significant investments to build up Australia’s data linkage capabilities and in establishing a data linkage unit in each state. Given that appropriate infrastructure is now in place, it is important to identify and overcome the barriers limiting the gains from this investment and to start maximising the potential of using linked data in health services research.

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    • 01 AUG 16

    Results of the HSRAANZ Data Availability Survey

    The report of the HSRAANZ’s survey on data availability, can be viewed here. The report informed the Association’s submission to the Productivity Commission.

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    • 01 AUG 16

    HSRAANZ Webinar Series – Strategies to implement evidence: audit and feedback

    The slides and video form our latest webinar with Associate Professor Zachary Munn form the Joanna Briggs Institute are now available. In his presentation Zachary described methods for evidence implementation, with a focus on audit and feedback as a mechanism to change and improve practice.

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    • 01 AUG 16

    HSRAANZ Survey on the NHMRC Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program.

    The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is inviting comment on the Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, 25 August 2016, 11:59pm (AEST).

    The HSRAANZ has created the attached survey to collect the views of the Health Services Research Community on the three models proposed by the NHMRC and to inform its response to the consultation document.

    Please take the time to complete the survey by Wednesday 17 August.

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    • 26 JUL 16

    The changing role of community pharmacists

    Professor Jackie Cumming from Victoria University of Wellington has received a $1.2 million project grant from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) to explore the effects of changes to community pharmacy services in New Zealand, particularly the emphasis on extending the role of pharmacists.

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    • 14 JUL 16

    Public consultation on the Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program

    The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is inviting comment on the Structural Review of NHMRC’s Grant Program. The HSRAANZ will be preparing a response to the consultation questions and views and comments to inform the response are welcomed and should be sent to

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