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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