• 18 OCT 16
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    HSRAANZ Members – tell us about your research

    We want to encourage and help HSRAANZ members to publicise their research. You can do this simply, by completing our template. All we require is a 500 word summary for the HSRAANZ Blog, a 100 word summary for the HSRAANZ email newsletter and a 140 character summary for @hsraanz so that we can tweet about the paper and share a link to the blog. You can also post a photo of yourself or your team. For an example of how this can be done take a look at the post below “When newer isn’t better: We’re paying too much for patented pharmaceuticals” which looks at the latest research from our President, Jon Karnon

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    • 18 OCT 16
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    When newer isn’t better: We’re paying too much for patented pharmaceuticals.

    New pharmaceuticals are often listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule at the same price as an equivalent pharmaceutical. Analysis of denosumab for the treatment of osteoporosis shows that the government has been paying almost $250,000 to gain the equivalent of one additional quality adjusted life year (QALY) since its comparator, alendronate went off patent. The Australian government should review listed pharmaceuticals as their comparator comes off patent to reflect the lower price of the comparator as well as any new clinical and economic data.

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    • 04 OCT 16
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    HSRAANZ AGM and Call for nominations for the Executive Committee

    The Association is seeking nominations for its eight elected office bearers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and four ordinary members). Office bearers are elected by and from among the members of the Association and hold office from the end of the Annual General Meeting immediately following their election is declared until the end of the second Annual General Meeting held thereafter. The results will be announced at our Annual General Meeting on 1 December.

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    • 30 SEP 16
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    Watch the video from our latest webinar – Choosing Wisely – where we came from, where we are going and why we need you.

    In this webinar held on Sep 28, 2016 11:30 AM (AEST) Dr Robyn Lindner from NPS MedicineWise and Professor Adam Elshaug who is a member of the Choosing Wisely Advisory Group outlined the road travelled thus far in facilitating the roll out Choosing Wisely Australia: the challenges, successes and lessons learned. A video of the webinar is now available.

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    • 29 SEP 16
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    HSRAANZ Webinar Series (19 October 2016) – Developing primary care that is fit for the future: cross-country comparisons

    In this webinar, Professor Judith Smith, Director, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham will draw on her extensive research and policy experience of primary care in the UK, New Zealand and Australia to examine the opportunities and risks of developing new models of primary care that are fit for the future. She will draw out cross-country comparisons and learning, and identify the particular challenges that need to be addressed (and researched) if current policy ambitions for primary care are to be realised.

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    • 22 SEP 16
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    HSRAANZ Webinar Series – Choosing Wisely – where we came from, where we are going and why we need you.

    This webinar to be held on Sep 28, 2016 11:30 AM (AEST) will be jointly presented by Dr Robyn Lindner from NPS MedicineWise and Professor Adam Elshaug who is a member of the Choosing Wisely Advisory Group. They will outline the road travelled thus far in facilitating the roll out Choosing Wisely Australia: the challenges, successes and lessons learned.

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    • 08 SEP 16
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    SAVE THE DATE – HSRAANZ Annual General Meeting and Symposium – Health Services Research – where to from here? A review of the state and potential of HSR in Australia and New Zealand

    The Association will be holding the above event on 1 December 2016 at the National Press Club, Canberra, at which we will be launching a commissioned report on the state and potential of HSR in Australia and New Zealand, accompanied by short presentations by leading health services researchers describing the impact of their HSR on the Australian and New Zealand healthcare system and population health. SAVE THE DATE

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    • 06 SEP 16
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    Request for quotations for a study of the current state of Health Services Research in Australian and New Zealand

    We are seeking quotations for a study of the current state of Health Services Research in Australian and New Zealand to help inform the Association’s strategy over the next decade. The key deliverables of the study are to identify:
    • Who is doing what health services research in Australia and New Zealand?
    • How that research is being funded?
    • How that research is being used – by whom and how?
    • What real world impact is that research having?
    Closing date 19 September 2016.

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    • 25 AUG 16
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    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
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    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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