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On behalf of the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ), I am pleased to invite you to our biennial Health Services and Policy Research Conference. The next conference will be held in Adelaide in December 2011, and will be our seventh Conference, following on from our lively 2009 Conference held in Brisbane.

The purpose of the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand is to facilitate communication across researchers, and between researchers and policymakers, to promote education and training in health services research, and to ensure sustainable capacity in health services research in Australia and New Zealand.

Adelaide composit viewOur Conferences are the focal point of the Association’s activities, which also includes ongoing workshops, seminars and working behind the scenes to promote health services research to research funding agencies and policymakers.

The 2011 Conference is really taking shape, with the full line-up of invited speakers now confirmed, and the online abstract submission and registration portals fully operational (make sure you submit your abstract before the 10 July deadline).

The conference theme is ‘Opportunities for health services research: to inform, improve, and inspire’, reflecting the potential roles of Health Services Research and its influence on health service policy and practice in Australia and New Zealand. We strive to inform priority areas for action and change, to improve existing modes of policy and practice, and to inspire belief and optimism that our health care systems can be organised to provide population-based health care in an equitable and efficient manner.

We are fortunate to have attracted two first class international speakers from the UK and the USA. Professor Jon Nichol has led a health services research group at the University of Sheffield for almost 20 years and is a key figure in health services research in the UK. Professor Elizabeth McGlynn is Director of Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research (CESR), having previously held the position of Associate Director of RAND Health. Recent returnee, from Directing the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford, Professor Paul Glasziou will share more overseas experience, whilst Geraint Martin will draw on his time as Director of Health and Social Care Strategy for the Welsh Assembly Government, as well as more recent experiences as Chief Executive Officer of Counties Manukau District Health Boards. Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite is Foundation Director of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, and so we can expect some interesting insights into new developments in health services policy and delivery.

We are expecting a vibrant session around the use of incentives in health and health care in varying contexts, with contributions from three experts with a wide range of academic and policy backgrounds: Dr Suzanne Hill is the new chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, having previously held senior positions at the World Health Organisation; Professor David Ben-Tovim is an internationally recognized pioneer in the application of manufacturing based 'lean thinking' to health care through the Redesigning Care program at Flinders Medical Centre; Professor Tony Scott is an ARC Future Fellow and NHMRC Professorial Research Fellow, who helped found MABEL: The Australian Longitudinal Survey of Doctors.

In addition to an exciting pre-conference Indigenous Health Services Workshop, we will again have a plenary session around Health Services Research and Indigenous Health, titled ‘Time for Some Inspiration’. Speakers come from both sides of the Tasman, and we will be pleased to hear from the chief executive of the prestigious Lowitja Institute, Dr Kerry Arabena, and former Harkness Fellow Dr Sue Crengle, who has great insights from both an academic and policy perspective.

We have also organized a broad ranging plenary session, with a common thread of ‘data’ to inform health services research. Professor Tony Blakely, who is director of the Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme in New Zealand, will talk about approaches to overcoming the seemingly inevitable trade-off between equity and efficiency. Dr Michelle Foster has a focus on the use of qualitative data to inform health policy, and will share her experiences in this area, whilst Professor Robyn McDermott is Foundation Director of the South Australian and Northern Territory Data Linkage Unit.

Professor Chris Baggoley Chief Medical Officer of Australia and current Chief Executive of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. He will provide a lively opening address to the conference.  

Members receive discounted attendance fees for the Conference, as well as regular newsletters imparting information on upcoming Health Services Research activities locally and overseas. Get involved in the organised arm of Health Services Research on both sides of the Tasman. Join Now

We look forward to seeing you in Adelaide in December 2011.

Jon Karnon
Conference Convenor


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