The Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand

logo The purpose of the Association 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.

Founded in 2001, the Health Services Research Association of Australia & New Zealand (HSRAANZ) supports and promotes the conduct and dissemination of applied research to improve the delivery and organisation of health services in Australia and New Zealand. With a wide range of individual and corporate members from universities, research centres, government departments, independent government agencies,  and consumer groups the Association bridges the gap between research and policy, as well as reflecting consumer issues.  We also have two special interest groups, focussing on Emerging Researchers and Indigenous Health Services Research, both of which have a prominent role at our main conference.

Our 3-day biennial conference attracts over 300 attendees and focuses on health services and policy research in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. The next conference will be held in Melbourne in December 2015. We also run webinars on a wide range of topics, most recently Melissa Sweet (Croakey) on twitter for HSR; and Professor Nick Black on Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios and host a number of workshops, such as the ongoing ‘Closing the research policy gap’ workshop series.  HSRAANZ also runs various awards schemes that are designed to recognize and reward high quality health services research undertaken at all levels. Visit our website.

Health Services and Policy Research Conference

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Our next  biennial conference is being held on the Gold Coast in November 2017 .

The conference will focus 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 will bring 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 will be convening the 2017 conference.  If you are a HSRAANZ member and are  interested in serving on the organising committee you can contact http://Megan Campbell at

The conference will bring together a variety of disciplines including medicine, health policy, health economics, public health, health promotion, epidemiology, informatics and sociology. We look forward to seeing you there and sharing contributions.

HSRAANZ Webinar Series

We have recently launched our webinar seminar series.  You can view past webinars at here.   We welcome suggestions for webinars.  If you have a health services or policy research project that you think would be of interest to colleagues please send a short abstract and biography using this FORM.  The HSRAANZ Executive will review submissions and invite speakers to present.  The webinars will be approximately 30/40 minutes with 10 minutes for questions, and will be hosted by the HSRAANZ using ZOOM Web and Video Conferencing.

Next Webinar – Panel on commissioning health care in Australia – reflecting on Primary Health Networks

Thursday 23 June 2016 at 2pm (GMT+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Qland, Sydney (12pm WA, 1.30pm SA, 4pm New Zealand)

There is no cost to attend the Webinar but registration is essential.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Helen Dickinson, Associate Professor of Public Governance at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne

Learne Durrington Chief Executive WA Primary Health Alliance

Suzanne Robinson, Associate Professor and Theme Leader for Health Systems and Health Economics, Curtin University

Jason Trethowan, Chief Executive Officer, Western Victoria Primary Health Network Ltd

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2016 HSRAANZ Awards & Prizes – Call for Nominations

The HSRAANZ’s awards and prizes program recognises individuals who have made significant contributions to the fields of health services research and health policy in Australia and New Zealand.

The following awards and prizes will be presented at an HSRAANZ event and AGM to be held in October/November 2016.  The best applicants may be invited to present their work at the event.

Applications for all 2016 awards close on 29 July 2016.

To discuss sponsorship of any of the following awards please contact Sarah Green on 02 9514 4723/email

All Awards and Prizes

  • Health Services and Policy Research Paper of the Year
  • Health Services and Policy Research Paper of the Year
  • Best Policy Impact Health Services and Policy Research Project/Program
  • 2016 HSRAANZ Best PhD Prize

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HSRAANZ  Mentoring Program

The aim of the HSRAANZ Mentoring Program is to encourage health services researchers to be active professionals, to nurture HSR talent, retain excellent researchers, develop future leaders, improve networking and communication opportunities and overcome professional and geographical isolation. The program offers a partnership where both parties can benefit.

We are currently inviting expressions of interest for a mid 2016 Mentoring Program from both potential mentees and mentors.  Expressions on interest are due on Friday 10 June 2016

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