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  • 8th Health Services and Policy Research Conference - Melbourne 7-9 Dcember 201

  • 8th Health Services and Policy Research Conference - Wellington

    The main conference theme of 8th Health Services and Policy Research Conference 2013 was ‘Doing better with less: Enhancing health system performance in difficult times’.

    Key subthemes around which the programme focused included:

    Achieving universal coverage, low costs for patients, and integrated care:
    75 years of the Social Security Act in New Zealand – In 2013, it is 75 years since the Social Security Act in New Zealand was passed into law. The Act established the principle of public financing of health care in New Zealand. Papers on how well New Zealand and Australia are doing and what more needs to be done to achieve the goals of universal coverage, low costs for patients, and integrated care were encouraged.

    Improving indigenous health and reducing inequalities for indigenous populations– Improving indigenous health and reducing disparities in health are key goals in both Australia and New Zealand, as well as in other countries. Indigenous-led health services research makes a significant contribution to our understanding of how to make health gains for indigenous peoples. Indigenous health services researchers were encouraged to submit abstracts on their health services research.

    Improving Pacific health and reducing inequalities for Pacific populations
    – There is a growing number of Pacific health services research projects underway, particularly in New Zealand. Pacific health services researchers were encouraged to submit papers on their health services research to the conference.

    Understanding how well new forms of governance work to improve health system performance – Both in Australia and New Zealand, there are changes occurring in how the health system is governed. Australia has new local area hospitals and Medicare Locals developing, while New Zealand has encouraged a range of ‘Alliances’ across both primary and secondary health care providers, more regional planning across District Health Boards, and amalgamations of Primary Health Organisations. Research that tells us how these arrangements are going and papers on public and patient involvement in governance were welcomed.

    Priority setting and disinvestment – With the recent economic downturn, many countries are again looking at how to ensure that health funding supports the most effective and cost-effective range of services, and at how to successfully disinvest from services no longer deemed effective or cost-effective. Papers on what we can learn about successful priority setting and disinvestment processes were particularly sought for this conference. Papers on public and patient involvement in priority setting and disinvestment were also welcomed.

    Developing and evaluating new models of care – Significant emphasis is being placed on developing new models of care, to shift services into community settings, reduce pressure on hospitals and enhance integration. Papers on how well new models of care achieve their goals and on implementation were also sought for this conference. Papers on public and patient involvement in the development of new models of care were also welcomed.

    Enhancing quality and safety – Improved quality and safety are key focal points for government policy at present in many countries, including in New Zealand and Australia. We encouraged papers focusing on how quality and safety can be improved, and the processes that help to support successful changes in service delivery to improve care. Papers on public and patient involvement in quality and safety initiative were also welcomed.

    Enhancing health services research methods – Enhanced health services research methods are key to our research and to finding new ways to answer difficult health services questions. We were very interested in papers that explores health services research methods in depth.

    Scholarship Recipients’ perspectives on the Conference
    The Australian Primary Healthcare Research Institute (APHCRI) supported 4 scholarships for researchers to attend the Association’s conference.

    Alister Thorpe, Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit, Centre for Health and Society, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health - ReportDonisha Duff, APHCRI-AHCWA Indigenous Health Research Partnership - ReportBernadette Rickards, Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute - Report
    Elaine Kite, Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Unit - Report
    Over 25 applications were received and all were of a very high standard.

    The recipients were asked to provide a written submission for HSRAANZ and APHCRI about their experience at conference and the sessions attended. You can read the reports from the scholarship recipients here.

    Abstracts.pdf

  • 7th Health Services and Policy Research Conference - Adelaide

    These awards will replace the HSRAANZ Professional Award from 2016. These awards recognise investigators who have made significant contributions to the fields of health services research and health policy in Australia and New Zealand through scholarship and teaching, advancement of science and methods, and leadership. Awards will be given in up to three categories:

    Life time achievement

    This category will recognise a lifetime of achievement in the fields of health services research and health policy in Australia or New Zealand. The Association is keen to recognise services to the field with respect to research, translation, training, and teaching.

    Mid-Career

    This category will recognise mid-career researchers who over a shorter career span have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of health services and health policy research through scholarship and teaching, advancement of science and methods, translation and leadership.

    New Investigator

    This category will recognise significant contributions of early career researchers.

    Submission requirements for all three categories of award:Nomination is by a third party and should include:

    Application form
    Letter of support
    Curriculum vitae

    Criteria

    Candidates must be individual HSRAANZ Members, or nominated by an individual or corporate member.

    Judging Criteria

    Initiated a strong research agenda (relative to level of award)
    Made an ongoing contribution to the profession of health services and health policy research (over life-time/mid-career/early career (taking account of career interruptions)
    Mentored and collaborated with other researchers
    Contributed to a supportive research environment

    Assessment: By a panel of experts and peers appointed by the HSRAANZ Executive.

  • Health Services and Policy Research Paper of the Year

    This award recognises the best scientific published work in the field health services research and health policy.

    Submission can be a single study or a collection of studies, qualitative or quantitative, or a synthesis of existing data

    Submission requirements:·

    Application form.
    Copy of Article/s published or accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal within a defined period.

    Criteria

    Candidates must be individual HSRAANZ Members, or nominated by an individual or corporate member.

    Papers may have multiple authors, but the applicant must be the first author and must declare their contribution to the paper.

    Judging Criteria

    Submissions will be judged on the authors demonstrated ability to:

    Write clearly and concisely.
    Present ideas and arguments logically
    Use appropriate, sound methods; and
    Show how their results are relevant to policy and/or practice.

    (Maximum marks 20, each criterion of equal weight).

    Assessment: By a panel of experts and peers selected by the HSRAANZ Executive.

  • Best Policy Impact Health Services and Policy Research Project/Program

    This award recognises the best scientific published work in the field health services research and health policy.

    Submission can be a single study or a collection of studies, qualitative or quantitative, or a synthesis of existing data

    Submission requirements:·

    Application form.
    Copy of Article/s published or accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal within a defined period.

    Criteria

    Candidates must be individual HSRAANZ Members, or nominated by an individual or corporate member.

    Papers may have multiple authors, but the applicant must be the first author and must declare their contribution to the paper.

    Judging Criteria

    Submissions will be judged on the authors demonstrated ability to:

    Write clearly and concisely.
    Present ideas and arguments logically
    Use appropriate, sound methods; and
    Show how their results are relevant to policy and/or practice.

    (Maximum marks 20, each criterion of equal weight).

    Assessment: By a panel of experts and peers selected by the HSRAANZ Executive.

  • Awards and Prizes at the Health Services and Policy Research Conference

    Early Career Researchers 3 Minute Presentation Competition.

    Early Career Researchers have the opportunity at the HSRAANZ Biennial Conference to present a snapshot of their research in the 3 minute presentation competition.

    Submission requirements/Assessment
    Entrants must provide a 200 word unstructured abstract. Entries will be assessed initially on the basis of abstracts, with finalists selected to present in a dedicated session at the conference.
    For further details go to the conference website.
    Best Abstract

    The Best (highest ranked) abstract overall.
    The Best (highest ranked) abstract by an ECR

    Submission Requirements/Assessment:
    The Conference Abstract reviewers will rank abstracts and identify the top 6-10 in each category. The top abstracts will then be further reviewed by a small panel on experts.

    Best Poster
    The Best (highest ranked overall)
    The Best (highest ranked) Undergraduate or PhD Student

    Submission Requirements/Assessment
    Awards will be based on the scores of a panel of experts and peers. Posters will be assessed during the conference.

  • Past Awards and Prizes

    Best PhD Student Prize

    This prize wasawarded biennially, at HSRAANZ Annual General Meeting. It has been eplaced with the new Research Paper of the Year Award

    Previous Winners2012
    Katherine Elkin
    Paul Harris
    The ERGO Best Poster and Oral Presentation Prizes

    Theseawrdspreviously made at the Health Services and Policy Research Conference have been replaced by the Early Career Researchers 3 Minute Presentation Competitionandthe Best Abstract and Poster Prizes.

    2013 Prize Winners
    2011 Prize Winners
    2009 Prize Winners

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