• AUGUST 25, 2016
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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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    • AUGUST 25, 2016
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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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    • AUGUST 25, 2016
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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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    • AUGUST 1, 2016
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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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    • AUGUST 1, 2016
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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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NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, Health Economics Webinar Series - Remedies to low-value care in Australian and International Health Systems http://www.hsraanz.org/event/nhmrc-clinical-trials-centre-health-economics-webinar-series-remedies-to-low-value-care-in-australian-and-international-health-systems/

"If you want to change the world pick up your pen and write" (Martin Luther). Creating impact is about taking action, however small or large. Every action matters. Every impact counts. Let's celebrate the impact we are making together globally. #WorldEBHCDay #EvidencetoImpact

If you've got some #HealthServicesResearch you'd like to show off, why not submit to the @hsraanz end of year event! http://www.hsraanz.org/hsraanz-end-of-year-event/

Details of how the Australian National Aged Care Classification (AN-ACC) will be implemented were discussed several times at the @RoyalAged hearing this week. Here is the link to our @AHSRI_UOW paper in @theMJA describing it & reporting on its performance https://www.mja.com.au/system/files/issues/213_08/mja250703.pdf

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