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About the HSRAANZ

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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We are pleased to welcome our latest Corporate Member.  The NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre is an academic research organisation at the University of Sydney, Australia and a leader in the conduct of large-scale collaborative clinical trials and high quality trial related research in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and perinatal disorders.

The Centre's health economics group undertakes methodological and applied health services research including within-trial and modelled economic evaluations, preference studies and meta-analyses that inform health policy and decision making.


    • 08 JUN 17

    Adding Health Economics to Your Cancer Research

    On Tuesday 23 May 2017 the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer held a workshop on “Adding health economics to your cancer research”.

    The workshop was designed to illustrate how health economics can be incorporated into health-based practice or research, with a focus on cancer research.

    The methods and results of health economics research conducted within the cancer field were be presented by leaders in this field, including the HSRAANZ President Prof Jon Karnon and member Dr Alison Pearce.

    A recording of the workshop is now available.

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    • 08 JUN 17

    Practice nurse-led weight management in Australian general practice

    Australia has one of the highest rates of overweight and obesity among developed nations. General practitioners and practice nurses are well placed to intervene, but there are currently no widely implemented weight management programs in Australian general practice. The UK-based Counterweight Program provides a structured, evidence-based model for managing obesity in adults that can be delivered by practice nurses as part of routine clinical care. A recent Australian feasibility study demonstrated that Australian general practice staff and patients found Counterweight to be feasible, acceptable and perceived it as valuable; however, funding limitations were identified as the biggest challenge to continued program delivery.

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    • 01 JUN 17

    Waves of health reform: not so impressive after all?

    In this article from Croakey unpacking current health policy concerns, long-term rural health advocate, Gordon Gregory, argues that “health reform” is a term that is much over-used and inappropriately applied.

    In particular, he queries the usefulness of Health Minister Greg Hunt’s characterisation of three “waves of health reform”.

    However, Gregory, former CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA), does offer the Minister a way out of the froth and boil of crashing waves – with a list of 16 areas where “real and desirable” reforms could be made.

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    • 01 JUN 17

    Dr Karen Luxford appointed CEO of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons

    Dr Karen Luxford

    Lifetime HSRAANZ member Dr Karen Luxford has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS).

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    • 29 MAY 17

    HSRAANZ Webinar Series – The Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice – Recording Available

    The recording of this webinar held on 18 May is now available. It features:

    Robin Osborn (Vice President and Director, The Commonwealth Fund) discussing how the Fellowship works, the program throughout the year, and eligibility

    Jane Hall (Director of Strategy, Centre for Health Economics and Research Evaluation, University of Technology Sydney) on he Fellowship and its relevance to Australian applicants.

    Robyn Whittaker (2010-11 New Zealand Harkness Fellow) discussing her Harkness Fellowship experience, her project, and how the Harkness Fellowship changed her life, personally and professionally.

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    • 29 MAY 17

    HSRAANZ Webinar Series – Weekend allied health services in rehabilitation – Recording Available

    This webinar presented by Prof Nicholas Taylor and Dr Natasha Brusco looked at research on provision of additional weekend rehabilitation services. A series of preliminary studies including systematic reviews, a national survey of practice, and a pilot study were conducted prior to completion of a large randomised controlled trial of rehabilitation inpatients allocated to either a 6-day rehabilitation service (Monday to Saturday) or to standard care (5-day rehabilitation service Monday to Friday).

    A recording is now available.

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    • 29 MAY 17

    HCF Research Foundation Research Grants – 2017 Call for Expressions of Interest Now Open

    The HCF Research Foundation is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from research teams interested in funding for health services research to begin in 2017 that will drive improvements in the quality, safety, appropriateness and cost effectiveness of health care in Australia.

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    • 29 MAY 17

    NHMRC announces overhaul of grant funding program

    The Federal Health Minister, the Honourable Greg Hunt, has announced the National Health and Medical Council’s (NHMRC) grant funding program restructure.

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