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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HSRAANZ 2017 conference: Through the eyes of a PhD Student


"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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9th Health Services and Policy Research Conference

December 7, 2015 - December 9, 2015

The Conference

The conference was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Monday 7 December to Wednesday 9 December 2015 and was our ninth Conference, following on from our successful 2013 Conference held in Wellington, New Zealand.

The conference was a mixture of international and local speakers and in-depth scientific papers.  There was also plenty of opportunity for delegate contribution and discussion.


The Theme

The conference theme this year was “From data to delivery: Connecting research, policy and practice for better health outcomes.” Health services research is all about making a difference to how we go about achieving health. The 2015 international conference focused on the interface between research, practice and policy, with the ultimate aim of using research to improve health outcomes for society. The conference brought together a variety of disciplines including medicine, health policy, health economics, public health, health promotion, epidemiology, informatics and sociology.

The Presentations

You can view a list of oral presentations and abstracts here and a list of poster presentations here.

To access any of the presentations from the conference please contact our Executive Officer sarah.green@chere.uts.edu.au


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8th Health Services and Policy Research Conference 2013

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 - Report
  • Donisha Duff, APHCRI-AHCWA Indigenous Health Research Partnership - Report
  • Bernadette 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.


6th Health Services and Policy Research Conference

The 2009 Conference was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and lived up to the very high standards set over the past ten years.  The conference provided a great forum for the presentation of the latest research in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the opportunity to receive updates from key international speakers about developments in other parts of the world and the opportunity to hear from and exchange views with policy makers.


This year’s theme ‘Health Services Research – Reforming, Responding, Rewarding’ reflected the fact that in Australia we have seen the Health and Hospitals Reform Commission’s final report,  together with proposals for the future of both primary and preventive health services. And in New Zealand, incremental change and innovation continues apace, while memories of earlier radical restructuring and subsequent reform fatigue still lingers.


The 2009 conference saw an exceptional group of international visitors headed by James Marone, Professor of Political Science at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. James lived up to his reputation as an entertaining speaker and an original thinker and kicked the event off with a thought provoking look at healthcare and politics in the United States. His new book, the Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office from Roosevelt to Bush and an earlier publication Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American Society (2003) which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction,  were in huge demand from the Co-op Bookshop who had a stand at the event.


Andrew Bazemore, the second keynote speaker was sponsored by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, Andrew is the Assistant Director of the Robert Graham Center in Washington, DC and a leading researcher in primary health care and under-served populations.  The third keynote international speaker was Gert Westert, Professor of Health Services Research at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. Gert led the team which produced the Dutch Health Care Performance Report in 2006 and 2008 and he outlined how the Dutch, currently the most reformist health system, are doing health reform.

There was also a great line up of speakers from Australia and New Zealand and a range of special sessions, including one on Harkness Fellowships in Health Policy and Practice sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund and special sessions and workshops for early career researchers, including a presentation from the NHMRC on grant and fellowship opportunities and developing an HSR career, and new activities for corporate members. The innovate approach to the presentation of posters, which allowed poster presenters an opportunity to talk on their research for 5 minutes, was well received.

And an excellent Conference Dinner was held at the picturesque Customs House.

There was a great atmosphere at this year's conference, which was attended by over 250 delegates and a strong feeling that the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand. (which was an initiative that grew from the very fist conference) has come of age and that there is now a very strong and vibrant health services research community in Australia and New Zealand.  The Association is looking forward to a very busy and successful two years, in the lead up to the next conference, which will be held in Adelaide in late 2011.

2009 Conference Handbook

PHCRIS conference report.

2007 Biennial Conference

5th Health Services & Policy Research Conference 2007

2005 Biennial Conference

The theme for the Fourth Health Services and Policy Research Conference was Health Systems, Services and Strife

 This year's theme was heath systems, services and strife.

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