10th Health Services and Policy Research Conference
The 10th Health Services and Policy Research Conference was held at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Gold Coast Queensland on Wed 1st –Fri 3rd November 2017.
The theme was ‘Shifting Priorities: balancing acute and primary care services’.
The conference focused on current and future priorities for resources in acute and primary care, in order to achieve a sustainable and functional system into the future. The conference brought us back to the basics of health services research - examining the structures and processes for the organisation and delivery of healthcare services to society - as we look to build a sustainable, future-ready, and patient focused health care system.
Professor Nick Graves, Health Economist, Queensland University of Technology and the team from AusHSI were the Conference Convenors.
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"The plenaries covered a nice selection of topics that appealed to the majority of the audience. Similarly, the research presentations were diverse and interesting. What I found most enjoyable was the mix of academics and clinicians across many disciplines. Previous conferences that I have attended have usually been discipline specific or predominantly focused on medical practitioners. The HSRAANZ Conference was different. I met pharmacists and dentists and really enjoyed finding out about their work, the challenges they faced and the type of research they were conducting. This offered me an opportunity to look beyond my own challenges and areas of interest. It was wonderful!"
"I was able to meet other clinician-researchers who were looking at the area I am researching and exchange details. This type of networking and collaboration will ultimately be of enormous benefit to my PhD. It may lead to future research collaborations."
"Excellent quality international speakers that related to Australia/Queensland"
"Outstanding presentations from keynote speakers"
"The keynotes, plenaries and shark tank were all excellent, and very well thought out."
"Was interesting from the perspective of a clinician with an emerging involvement in research, to hear perspectives of mostly academic health researchers. Really appreciated mix of practical topics as well as policy issues etc."
"All the sessions were well planned with a nice balance between the primary care and acute care sessions. The emphasis on integrated, patient-centered care in many sessions was impressive."
"I loved the indigenous workshop and indigenous presentation stream for greater diversity of topics and presenters."
"I thought the way the conference embraces early career researchers is excellent (after all these individuals are our future)."
"It's a great conference. One of the best globally. Keep up the great work."
“Given the scarce resource of time and money in academia and the distance WA is from everywhere in the world, when I travel for work I always assess the cost effectiveness of the trip. That is did the outcomes from the conference out way the cost (i.e. time spent travelling and the lack of sleep due to time differences, alongside the conference costs). I am pleased to say for this year’s HSRAANZ conference the answers was an outstanding yes. So what are some of my highlights from this year’s conference.
I thought the way the conference embraces early career researchers is excellent (after all these individuals are our future) – I had the pleasure of working with colleagues delivering the writing for publication workshop. There were lots of questions around the publication process and three excellent papers from ECRs up for review. I also got to chair the 3MT session – what a great session (the content not the chairing!), our ECRs did an excellent job of presenting their work. The other session that springs to mind was the choosing wisely session organised by Adam Elshuag. The topic was of interest given my own work in this field, but what I really enjoyed was hearing Adams PhD students present the work they are involved in evaluating the Choosing Wisely program. What I took home from all the ECR presentations and the workshop is what a bright and engaging group we have coming through- some excellent work going on.
Then there were the plenary sessions – all of which delivered excellent presentations. Judith Smiths and Robin Gauld did a great opening address that really set the stage for the conference. I think having plenary speakers that challenge our thinking is important and the conference got this right. All that said for next time I would have liked to see some stronger rebuttals and exploration of some of the plenary speakers’ views (just to spark debate and get us all thinking outside of our normal sphere. Finally the conference allowed for networking with old friends making new connections which is always a wonderful opportunity.
Things to develop – I really liked the three- minute oral but less in a session would be good – maybe cut the number and have at the end of the parallel sessions. Some different formats maybe panel discussion in the plenary. Finish at lunch on the last day (it’s a long way back home).
Thanks to the organisers for all their hard work – a truly enjoyable cost-effective conference!”
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