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.  The biggest ERGO events coincide with the Association's biennual conference. ERGO events at the conference generally  include a speed mentoring session with senior leaders within the Association, an ERGO social event,  and a 3 minute presentation competition for early career researchers. Other ongoing initiatives to support early career researchers include our PhD student prize, and a professional mentoring program.

The HSRAANZ appoints two facilitators (who must be HSRAANZ members) who are co-opted on to the Association's Executive Committee, to represent emerging researchers interests. 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 Research Fellow at the Townsville Hospital and Health Service.  Her role is to build research capacity among allied health professionals.  Over the last 9 years in the role Tilley supported over 50 research projects resulting in over 60 peer reviewed publications.  Her own research interest is to evaluate the economic benefits of new allied health new models of care introduced into acute care.  




Dr Braden Te AoDr Braden Te Ao -

Braden is a Lecturer at the University of Auckland. 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 (b.teao@auckland.ac.nz) or Tilley (Tilley.Pain@health.qld.gov.au).

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