• 25 AUG 16
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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 sarah.green@chere.uts.edu.au.

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    • 12 JUL 16
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    HSRAANZ Webinar Series – Strategies to implement evidence: audit and feedback 27 July at 12pm (GMT+10:00)

    Evidence-based healthcare relies on the use of the best available evidence in healthcare. This often requires a change in the way care is delivered, and change can be difficult. This presentation by Associate Professor Zachary Munn from the Joanna Briggs Institute will describe methods for evidence implementation, with a focus on audit and feedback as a mechanism to change and improve practice.

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    • 27 JUN 16
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    HSRAANZ Response to the ARC Engagement and Impact Assessment Paper

    The HSRAANZ’s response to the Australian Research Councils Engagement and Impact Assessment Consultation Paper argues that a key issue with the impact measurement of Medical and Health Sciences research through the analysis of citations in peer reviewed journals is that Public Health and Health Services research is generally mostly relevant to the jurisdiction in which it is conducted and therefore research undertaken in Australia is less likely to be cited in other jurisdictions than laboratory-based or clinical Medical and Health Sciences research.

    Analyses of citations in peer reviewed journals do not reflect impact on healthcare policy and practice and on patient outcomes and population health within Australia. Policymakers do not tend to report in peer reviewed journals, but are more likely to cite research that influences policy and practice in non-peer reviewed government reports and other publications found in the grey literature.

    Consideration should therefore be given the expansion of citation analyses to include the grey literature and the inclusion of case studies or exemplars of research that has influenced policy and practice in the assessment of research impact and engagement in the Medical and Health Sciences division.

    For a more general research assessment exercise, it might be more appropriate to count significant examples of research translation to active researchers. Analogous to the analysis of average citation rates across research papers within an ANZSRC group, the average frequency and grade of policy or practice impact and engagement across eligible researchers assigned to each ANZSRC group could be estimated.

    Assessments of research impact based on citation analyses and case studies or exemplars could be reported separately.

    A single, pooled measure of research impact would be more consensus-based and subjective than the numbers driven assessment of citations (noting that quantitative citation measures may provide false quality assurance by not explicitly accounting for differences in research applicability across jurisdictions).

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    • 24 JUN 16
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    HSR17 – ‘Shifting Priorities: balancing acute and primary care services’

    Professor Nick Graves looks forward to our 10th Health Services and Policy Research Conference which will be held at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Gold Coast Queensland on Wed 1st –Fri 3rd November 2017. This is a wonderful location for a meeting. The theme is ‘Shifting Priorities: balancing acute and primary care services’ and it’s topical.

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    • 07 JUN 16
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    HSRAANZ Submission – Australian Medical Research and Innovation Five Year Strategy

    The HSRAANZ has made a submission to The Australian Medical Research Advisory Board’s (Advisory Board) call for views and ideas on its Strategy and Priorities, which are intended to ensure a coherent and consistent approach is adopted when disbursing MRFF funding into the health and medical research sector. The Association’s submission concentrates on the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy (Strategy). The submission “A Research Strategy to Improve Health Services Research” defines two broad forms of HSR – local HSR and large scale HSR – and provides a rationale and some broad suggestions to improve the conduct and impact of both forms of HSR in Australia. It concludes that further work is required to develop and appraise specific actions, but an overarching component of the submission is the call for a National Centre for Health Services Research. The Centre will oversee both forms of HSR and provide the basis for developing the necessary infrastructure to ensure HSR reaches its potential to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians. We would welcome comments on our approach.

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