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Pre-Conference Indigenous Workshop Sunday 1 December 2013

Odlins Square, Taranaki St Wharf, Wellington Waterfront

Please note this Workshop is for Indigenous conference delegates only. The workshop is supported by the Conference Committee and registration is free. Lunch will be provided.

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Te RaukuraA Trans-Tasman Indigenous Sub-Committee, comprising Indigenous members of the HSRAANZ, has been working closely with the conference organizing committee to ensure the momentum and enthusiasm that was generated amongst Indigenous health researchers at the 2011 Conference is maintained in Wellington. Following on from the successful event held at Tandanya, the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, the 2013 conference will once again feature a pre-conference workshop for Indigenous health researchers. The workshop will provide Indigenous delegates with a chance to network and to share stories about the work they do as health services researchers.

The 2013 pre-conference workshop will be held at Te Raukura, Te Whare Waka o Poneke on Sunday 1st December 2013. Built to house and showcase two ceremonial waka taua and waka ama, Te Wharewaka o Poneke (i.e. the Waka House) is located on what was once the harbour frontage of Te Aro Pā, one of the largest Māori communities in Wellington up until the 1880s. The venue offers a unique mix of tradition within a contemporary context.

The name Te Raukura refers to an important symbol to the tribes of Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngati Ruanui, Ngati Tama and Ngati Mutunga. This symbol is captured in the form of a white feather, or a plume of white feathers. Te Raukura represents spiritual, physical, and communal harmony and unity. It is an acknowledgement of a higher spiritual power, which transcends itself upon earth. It is a symbol of faith, hope, and compassion for all of mankind and the environment that we live in. The symbolism of Te Raukura will set the scene for the day – one in which we as Indigenous health researchers can contemplate issues of concern for us in our work and how we enhance the health of our respective peoples in difficult times.

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Post-Conference Workshops Wednesday Intercontinental Wellington

Workshop 1: Fostering Health Equity in PHC: Implications for Research and Heath Service Delivery 2:00pm-4:30pm 4 December 2013


Workshop Facilitators: Annette J. Browne, PhD, RN, Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada Pat Neuwelt, PhD, FNZCPHM, FRNZCGP, Senior Lecturer, The University of Auckland, NZ

The Workshop is free and places are limited. You must book at the time of Conference registration.

Background: The last decade has ushered in a remarkable increase in calls for attention to equity in health and healthcare. Despite international commitments to primary health care (PHC), health and healthcare inequities remain a pressing concern in many local, national and international contexts. At a population level, health and social inequities have profoundly negative effects on peoples’ health status and access to health services. In this workshop, we consider the role and responsibility of the PHC sector in responding to health inequities and in fostering greater health equity. Drawing on PHC research conducted in Canada and New Zealand, this workshop will focus on innovative qualitative and quantitative research methodologies designed to study the effectiveness of PHC interventions aimed at enhancing responsiveness to health inequities.

In this workshop we’re aiming to share research experience as PHC researchers, and explore ways to work for more equitable PHC through our research. The workshop will have two parts to it. In the first half, we will draw on examples from studies currently in progress, including (but not exclusive to):

The second part of the workshop will be a structured discussion, during which we will do the following together:

Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their current or emerging research ideas. This workshop is based on a broad and inclusive understanding of what “counts” as PHC and health services research, and is inclusive of research conducted in physicians’ and nurses’ practices, community-governed health centers, indigenous-controlled health centers, community health agencies, larger institutions, and at a population level.

Workshop 2: APHCRI Master Class – Implementation research to strengthen Primary Health Care - 2pm -5pm, 4th December 2013

This workshop will focus on a current initiative to identify the role of international collaboration and networking of research initiatives to support translation of evidence to policy and practice change in primary health care. The Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, the APHCRI Centre of Research of Excellence in Primary Health Care Microsystems, the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the Robert Graham Center are developing this initiative at the NAPCRG conference in Ottawa in November. View the flyer (PDF 918KB)

Professor John Marley, chair of the APHCR Research Advisory Board, will report the outcome of this meeting and lead a discussion about the potential value of international collaboration in implementation, research methodology and shared priorities for joint initiatives.

APHCRI and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) have collaborated to fund the Australian Canadian Joint Centre of Research Excellence focused on improved access to primary health care for vulnerable populations. Similarly the Health Research Council of New Zealand and CIHR have jointly funded a research project to identify and implement innovative integrated community-based primary health care models that address the health and social needs of older adults with complex care needs.

Professor Toni Ashton, University of Auckland, will explore the challenges and opportunities involved in developing these types of collaborations between nations.

The workshop will be highly participatory and will provide the opportunity to share experience and engage in an emerging network of researchers interested in international collaboration and the emerging field of ‘implementation science’ applied to primary health care.


Professor John Marley(MD MBChB FRCP(Edin) FRACGP FACRRM DA DRCOG FPCert MAICD) Director Internationalisation & Alumni, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Queensland

Professor Marley holds a Chair in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Queensland and conjoint Chairs at the University of Adelaide and at the University of Newcastle. He was Director of Strategy and Role Redesign for NSW Health. Professor Marley’s clinical experience includes practice in cardiology and in metropolitan and rural and remote general practice. He continues clinical practice in emergency medicine and general practice. His research spans from the laboratory bench to the largest of clinical trials. He has published extensively in major journals. Professor Marley serves on a number of other boards and major national and international committees.

Professor Toni Ashton

Toni Ashton (PhD) is a Professor of Health Economics in the School of Population Health, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her main research interests are in the funding and organisation of health systems and health care reform, with much of her recent research focusing on various dimensions of health reform in New Zealand over the past decade. Recent research topics have included the roles of the public and private sectors in health systems, the structure and performance of primary health services, and issues in the funding and provision of aged residential care. In addition to numerous articles in referred journals and several book chapters, she has co-edited (with Peter Davis) a book on health policy in New Zealand. She has also co-authored (with Susan St John) three books on superannuation. Professor Ashton has been a member of a number of government working parties and taskforces has also undertaken a range of consultancies, including two for the World Health Organization.


The Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) was established at The Australian National University (ANU) in 2003 as part of the Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development (PHCRED) Strategy of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. The mission of APHCRI is to provide national leadership in improving the quality and effectiveness of primary health care through the conduct of high quality priority-driven research and the support and promotion of best practice. It focuses on important sectoral questions relating to the organisation, financing, delivery and performance of primary health care, including its interaction with public health and the secondary and tertiary health care sectors. APHCRI is a sponsoring a key note speaker at the HSRAANZ Conference, Dr Rebecca Rosen, providing scholarships for early career researchers and conducting a workshop about the potential for and value of international collaboration to the implementation of research findings in primary care.

Workshop 3: Meet the Editor – How to successfully publish your research 2pm – 4.30pm Wednesday 4 December 2013

Workshop Facilitator – Professor Nick Mays

Professor Mays currently directs the Department of Health funded Policy Research Unit in Policy Innovation Research which is a collaboration between LSHTM, the London School of Economics, Imperial College and other leading health research institutes ( He is also co-editor with Prof Nick Black of the Journal of Health Services Research & Policy (

Background: Developing a successful publication track record is an essential part of a successful research career. This workshop aims to provide advice to early career health services researchers on strategies and approaches to get their research published in leading journals.

The HSRAANZ has invited Professor Nick Mays who is the co-editor of the international Journal of Health Services Research and Policy to provide advice on ways to increase the likelihood of publication in leading journals and will illustrate this with examples of accepted and rejected manuscripts. This will be followed by an interactive session with a number of junior researchers who will present a manuscript in progress to the group and will receive feedback from Nick.

Attendees will leave the workshop with concrete examples of ways to improve journal writing skills, as well as strategies and advice to increase the likelihood of publication.

If you have a manuscript that you would like to have reviewed as part of this workshop please send details to Sarah Green

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Workshop 4: Pacific Grant Fund Workshop, Wednesday 4 December 2013, 1.30pm-5.00pm

Wharewaka Function Centre, Odlins Square, 15 Jervois Quay, Wellington Waterfront

The Workshop is free and places are limited. You must book at the time of Conference registration.

Please note this Workshop is intended for organisations that have received funding through the Pacific Grant Fund, a fund of the Ministry of Health. Attendees with an interest in issues relating to the delivery of health services to Pacific peoples, and related policy and funding issues are also invited to attend.

The workshop is supported by the Ministry of Health and the Conference Committee and registration is free. Lunch will be provided from 1.30pm with the workshop commencing at 2pm.

The Pacific Grant Fund is designed to enable selected health and disability service providers to undertake initiatives that will lead to service and clinical quality improvements and innovation to address Pacific peoples’ health needs, and collect and share evidence about what works and does not work with the wider health sector.

Representatives from the selected health and disability service providers will present on the key findings of their respective projects, and their experience implementing their innovative services.

The conference workshop will provide Pacific health and disability service providers and organisations working with Pacific peoples with an opportunity to network and to share stories about the work they do, and provide important insights to policy makers and funders about innovative service delivery.

The 2013 post-conference workshop will be held at Te Raukura, Te Wharewaka o Poneke, Wellington on Wednesday 4 December 2013 (1.30pm-5pm). For more information on the Pacific Grant Fund please visit