Emerging Researchers' Group (ERGO)

The Emerging Researchers' Group (ERGO) is the HSRAANZ's network of undergraduate, masters, doctoral students, early career researchers and other experts working in the field of Health Services Research in Australia and New Zealand. A priority of ERGO is to engage others working or studying in this field to better define and understand the identity of the Health Services Researcher - to explore who are we, what we do, where we work, and overall how we fit with other types of health research.

ERGO hosts a number of activities and events. Our Face book page provides a platform for networking, and the group regularly provide professional development opportunities that aim to address the needs of early career researchers. The biggest ERGO events coincide with the biannual conference. Events at the 2015 conference include a speed mentoring session with senior leaders within the Association, an informal networking dinner, and a 3 minute presentation competition for early career researchers. Other ongoing initiatives to support early career researchers include our biannual PhD student prize, and a professional mentoring program.

There are two representatives for the ERGO group: one from New Zealand, Braden Te Ao; and one from Australia, Tilley Pain. The HSRAANZ appoints two facilitators (who must be HSRAANZ members) who are co-opted to represent the emerging researchers to the Executive Committee. The facilitators are responsible for overseeing the operation of the Group and reporting on its activities to the Executive Committee.

Dr Tilley Pain, Research Fellow for Research Capacity Building Initiative, Queensland and Adjunct Research Fellow, James Cook University -

Tilley is a Principal Research Fellow for allied health professionals at the Townsville Hospital and Health Service and an Adjunct Principal Research Fellow at James Cook University. Her primary role in the Health Service is to build research capacity and over the last seven years has increased the research activity resulting in approximately 50 allied health research projects, 9 PhD students across the service and numerous grants. Her research interests include research capacity, economic evaluations of allied health new models of care and evaluations of service delivery.




Dr Braden Te AoDr Braden Te Ao - Braden is a Research Fellow at Auckland University of Technology, he is seconded on a part-time basis to the Middlemore Clinical Trials (Middlemore hospital). He is a health services researcher and has research interest in areas relevant to public health and health economics. He has conducted and published a number of economic evaluations including a cost-of-illness study for traumatic brain injury and evaluating the cost effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing health disparities for people after having a stroke.



For more information about our group or to join, please contact Braden (braden.teao@aut.ac.nz) or Tilley (Tilley.Pain@health.qld.gov.au).

To join the group, follow the four simple steps below:

  1. Click on the link (or copy and paste into your browser) https://www.facebook.com/groups/240765912700961/?fref=ts
  2. Enter your Facebook log in details
  3. You will see a banner of member photos (including the HSRAANZ logo) across the top of the page, and just below that on the right is a button to ‘join group’. Please click that button, and your request will be sent to the ERGO representatives. (To try to prevent too much spam, we have made the group a closed one, so that an administrator will need to approve group members before they join)
  4. Once ‘approved’ you, you will receive a notification on Facebook that you are now a member of the group!

Emerging Researcher Resources - the ERGO group (with the assistance of the PhD Group at CHERE) has put together a list of online resources. The list is aimed at early career researchers, including PhD students, but many of the resources listed may be of interest to anyone working in health services research.

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