Comment and opinion on the latest in health services research from HSRAANZ members and invited bloggers.


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    • 21 FEB 17

    MRFF and the NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres (AHRTCs)

    The four accredited AHRTCs have formed an Alliance and a recent communique described discussions with the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing in relation to the MRFF and opportunities for the AHRTCs to undertake prioritised research through their partners that align with MRFF priorities. The Association’s President Jon Karnon recently met with Professor Steve Wesselingh (head of the SA Academic Health Science and Translation Centre) to get an update on progress and to emphasise and discuss the Association’s potential role in promoting and supporting the conduct of high quality health services research as part of the MRFF.

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    • 09 FEB 17

    HSRAANZ Webinar – Understanding the potential of telehealth for people in remote locations

    Presented by Dr Anthony Smith, Associate Professor and Director of the University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health, this webinar will give an overview of a range of telehealth projects led by the University of Queensland’s Centre for Online Health (COH). Over time, most projects have been successfully translated from a research idea into routine service delivery in Queensland. Critical steps in establishing these projects will be discussed, as well as key research findings, challenges and lessons learnt.

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    • 02 FEB 17

    Have your say through our Health Services Research Survey

    Has your health services research influenced policy change or impacted the research community? Have you experienced challenges in conducting health services research (HSR) or assessing its impact? We want to encourage health services researchers to tell us about their research.

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    • 23 JAN 17

    New Research – Birth date associated with ADHD Diagnosis

    New research from Western Australia has found that the youngest children in a school class are twice as likely to have received medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as their older classmates.

    Published in the Medical Journal of Australia, the research analysed data from 311 384 WA schoolchildren aged 6 to 10 years (born July 2003 – June 2008) or 11 to 15 years (born July 1998 – June 2003). A total of 5937 children (1.9%) received medication for ADHD; the proportion of boys receiving medication (2.9%) was higher than that of girls (0.8%).

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    • 19 JAN 17

    Developing capacity and collaboration in HSR

    In this blog, the Association’s President Jon Karnon makes the case for an Australian HSR-related PhD program similar to the SPHeRE (Structured Population and Health-services Research Education) Programme currently running in Ireland to produce the health services researchers of the future.

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    • 13 JAN 17

    The current state of play of health services research across Australia and New Zealand – Interim Results of the HSRAANZ Review

    In December 2016 the HSRAANZ held a Symposium at the National Press Club Canberra. The theme for the day was Health Services Research – where to from here? A review of the state and potential of HSR in Australia and New Zealand. The morning session included a presentation on the current state of HSR, drawing on the interim results from a study commissioned by HSRAANZ and conducted by the University of Newcastle. Whilst some caution needs to be aired when interpreting the information presented (given the analysis is not yet complete), there are some interesting observations coming through.

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    • 13 JAN 17

    Right Care

    A Series of four papers and accompanying comments published in The Lancet examines the extent of overuse and underuse worldwide, highlights the drivers of inappropriate care, and provides a framework to begin to address overuse and underuse together to achieve the right care for health and wellbeing. The authors argue that achieving the right care is both an urgent task and an enormous opportunity.

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    • 15 DEC 16

    HSRAANZ President’s Wrap of 2016

    Our President, Jon Karnon, looks back at the Association’s activities and achievements in 2016. This has been a very productive and positive year for the Association and for HSR. A great deal of our year has been taken up with responding on behalf of the HSR community to the large number of consultations on health reform and research funding. Throughout the year we have been working hard to raise the profile of HSR and show its real world impact on healthcare and population health. Initiatives have included growing our HSR webinar series and HSR blog; commissioning research with Newcastle University into the state and potential of health services research in Australia and New Zealand; engaging with clinicians and policy makers at our end of year Symposium and AGM and recognising the best health services research through our HSR awards.

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    • 13 DEC 16

    Health and Self

    When women receive a breast cancer diagnosis they face choices not only about their immediate treatment but also about how to manage the risk of recurrence. For a growing number of women that involves surgery to remove a healthy breast. This study by Richard De Abreu Lourenco, of the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) at UTS, which was nominated for the HSRAANZ Best PhD Prize, seeks to understand what factors influence this choice.

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    • 06 DEC 16

    Congratulations to our 2016 HSRAANZ Award Winners

    The best and most impactful health services research has been celebrated at the HSRAANZ Symposium and AGM in Canberra on 1 December. Leading researchers and policy makers gathered at the National Press Club to consider the future direction of health services research and heard from leading health services researchers about how their work is having real world impact. At the end of the event awards were made in the categories of Best Impact Project, Best Paper and Best PhD Student.

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