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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 interview is with Nadine Hillock, a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide.  Nadine's research is investigating alternative regulatory and funding models for antimicrobial drugs in Australia.

Nadine worked in a number of clinical roles as a pharmacist, before moving to positions in State Government (SA Health), including managing the SA Medicines Evaluation Panel (SAMEP).  She won a SA Health award for ‘Excellence in non-clinical services’ for work evaluating the cost-effectiveness of non-PBS high cost medicines used in public hospitals.

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    • 08 FEB 18

    10-year review of the Closing the Gap Strategy

    The Close the Gap campaign 10-year review of the Closing the Gap Strategy, was released on 8 February. It calls on Australian governments to join forces with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to urgently address the national shame of a widening life expectancy gap for our nation’s First Peoples.

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    • 08 FEB 18

    Private Health Insurance

    News has centred this week on a new private health insurance policy the Labor Party will take to the next election. The Productivity Commission (PC) will be asked to review of the private health system to improve the value, quality and affordability of health insurance. In the meantime annual PHI premium rises would be capped at 2% for 2 years.

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    • 06 FEB 18

    Registration for Inaugural National Women’s Health Summit closing Monday 12 February

    Australia’s top 100 influencers in the field of women’s health and related disciplines will attend the summit. Attendees will put women on the agenda in the run up to the Federal elections.

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    • 05 FEB 18

    Precision Medicine Pros and Cons

    A report was released last week by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) arguing that precision medicine has the potential to transform Australia’s health care system. Debate has followed concerning the potential harms of screening and diagnosing the genes of healthy people, and the risk of widespread overdiagnosis.

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    • 05 FEB 18

    New Grattan Institute Report on Using Data to Make Hospitals Safer

    A new report from the Grattan Institute “All complications should count: Using our data to make hospitals safer” shows that a patient’s risk of developing a complication varies dramatically depending on which hospital they go to: in some cases, the additional risk at the worst-performing hospitals can be four times higher than at the best performers.

    The report calls for all hospitals to lift their safety performance to the level of the best 10 per cent of Australian hospitals. This would mean an extra 250,000 patients leaving hospital each year free of complications.

    Patients should have access to the information on complication rates in different hospitals and for different procedures, so they – and their GPs – can make better-informed decisions about how and where they are treated.

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    • 05 FEB 18

    Victorian Cancer Agency – Travel Scholarship for Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer

    The National Cancer Institute is currently accepting applications for participants in the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (TIDIRC).

    The Victorian Government through the Victorian Cancer Agency will support all successful applicants to the TIDIRC through a one-off travel scholarship of $10,000 AUD (ex-GST). Read further for information about this travel scholarship application process and requirements.

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    • 05 FEB 18

    12 Week Online Course in Health Economic Evaluation & Decision Making

    The School of Public Health, University of Adelaide is offering a 12 week online course in Health Economic Evaluation & Decision Making, during the March-June 2018 (midyear break).

    An introduction to the principles of assessing health technologies’ and services’ economic value—an important element of the justification of funding decisions throughout the health care system.

    Health economic evaluation provides a critical basis for assessing the value of health technologies and services. It is increasingly used to inform funding decisions for not only new health technologies but broader services across the entire health care system.
    It is also an expected component of most health-related research grant applications, making greater knowledge and experience of health economic evaluation vitally important for researchers.

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    • 11 JAN 18

    New resource – – health sector news, information, opinion and discussion harnesses the collective depth and breadth of New Zealand Media and Entertainment’s (NZME) health content from market-leading and award-winning websites and publications, such as,, Nursing Review, INsite and NZME’s regional daily newspapers.

    In addition, provides unique opinion pieces from some of New Zealand’s most high-profile thought leaders, including health researchers and commentators, policy makers, union leaders, and peak body organisations.

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