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9th Health Services and Policy Research Conference


Opportunities for Early Career Researchers at the HSRAANZ Policy and Research Conference

Early career researchers (ECRs) and students of today will be our health services research leaders and policy makers of tomorrow. The 9th Health Services and Policy Research Conference in Melbourne on the 7-9th December 2015 has plenty of events and activities specifically designed to support ECRs and students to make connections, learn from the experts and showcase their work.

So if you are an Early Career Researcher or student, here are 5 reasons why you should come along and join us in Melbourne in December!

1. Speed Mentoring session for ECRs

Our lunch time speed mentoring session is an opportunity for ECRs to have a series of brief conversations with experienced researchers and policy makers, sparking conversations that can be continued throughout the conference.

2. Early Career Researchers Competition*.

There will be an opportunity for Early Career Researchers to present a snapshot of their research in 3 minute presentation competition. Entry to the competition may be in addition to other oral presentation or poster submissions.

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 and to download an application form click here.

*Early Career Researchers (ECR) are defined as researchers who have not published more than 15 papers as first author and do not hold an academic appointment at Associate Professor level or above. For those who have been awarded a doctorate (PhD) this needs to have been within five years of the conference date (longer periods will be considered on application for those claiming career disruption).

3. ECR social evening

On Monday 7th December ECRs are invited to come together for a casual meal close to the conference venue. Have a chat, make some friends, and expand your networks.

The ERGO dinner will be at the Boatbuilders Yard, 23 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, right outside the conference venue ( Participants will be able to wander out immediately after the welcome reception, to enjoy the atmosphere of this charming venue celebrating Melbourne’s maritime heritage. The ERGO dinner is intended to be a relaxed opportunity for casual networking. Food and drinks can be ordered at the bar.

4. Life after your higher degree: Tips and tricks to getting Early Career Fellowship funding

At this “Meet the Experts” Breakfast session you will hear from ECRs who have been successful in obtaining early career fellowship funding from organisations such as the NHMRC, as well as experienced researchers who have experience on selection panels for these schemes. The workshop is suited to those completing PhDs, as well as those embarking on their post doctoral career. More Information.

5. A terrific conference program

The conference program includes plenary sessions from highly respected international and local health services research and policy experts, as well as concurrent sessions that cover a broad range of health services topics. The Call for Abstract is now open and closes on 13 July. So don’t delay. Submit your abstract today.