Department of Health Services Research & Policy

The Department of Health Services Research & Policy (HSR&P) aims to improve the provision, management, planning and financing of health services and to provide evidence to assist health management decision-making. HSR&P is a multidisciplinary scientific field that builds on methodology from healthcare and medicine, sociology, psychology, economics, management and political sciences. Applied HSR&P can inform the effective implementation of health services and evaluation of their efficacy, cost-effectiveness and equity in delivery.

In 2015, the Research School of Population Health (RSPH) established the Department which builds on strengths across the school in primary care research, comparative effectiveness, health economics, e-health, mental health and healthy ageing research, health systems and policy research, and epidemiology.

The Department will lead and contribute to the research, education and outreach agendas of the School both nationally and internationally and will have a pivotal role in strengthening and building relationships between the RSPH, federal, territory, state and regional policy makers, and other health stakeholders.

From 2016, the Department (HSR&P) became home to the former Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI). APHCRI operated from 2003 to 2015 as the Department of Health instrument to deliver an evidence base for informing decision-making to strengthen and improve Australian primary health care (PHC) systems and services.

Investing over $45M in commissioned PHC research funding, APHCRI provided national leadership in improving the quality and effectiveness of primary health care.

QualicoPC

The QUALICOPC study is an international survey of quality and costs of primary care in 34 countries conducted by the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL), which includes 28 EU countries, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. http://www.nivel.nl/en/qualicopc

The Australian arm of the QUALICOPC study began as a cooperative venture between the Australian National University and the University of Western Sydney (UWS). The University of NSW have recently joined the project and house the data.

GPs and patients of those GPs were surveyed in 2012/13 to explore how GP and patient experiences are related to the primary health care systems of the different countries. The data permit studies of the primary health care systems within countries, and ANU/UNSW will be exploring the relationship between the patient experience and the GP views. We are currently collaborating with colleagues from Switzerland, and have presented findings on early comparative work with Canadian and New Zealand colleagues.

Publications

ACERH archival publications

Professor Art Sedrakyan

Art Sedrakyan's Publications listed on PubMed

Associate Professor Suhail Doi

Suhail Doi's Publications listed on PubMed

Ms Jane Desborough

  • Gardner, K, Parkinson, A, Banfield, M et al 2015, 'Usability of patient experience surveys in Australian primary health care: a scoping review', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol. Early Online 2/9/15, pp. 1-7.

  • Desborough, J, Phillips, C, Banfield, M et al 2014, 'Impact of nursing care in Australian general practice on the quality of care: A pilot of the Patient Enablement and Satisfaction Survey (PESS)', Collegian, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 207-214.

  • Desborough, J, Banfield, M & Parker, R 2013, 'A tool to evaluate patients' experience of nursing care in Australian general practice: Development of the Patient Enablement and Satisfaction Survey (PESS)', Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol. Online, pp. 1-7.

  • Desborough, J, Parker, R & Forrest, L 2013, 'Nurse satisfaction with working in a nurse-led primary care walk-in centre: an Australian experience', Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 11-19.

  • Desborough, J 2012, 'How nurse practitioners implement their roles', Australian Health Review, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 22-26.

  • Parker, R, Desborough, J & Forrest, L 2012, 'Stakeholder perceptions of a nurse led walk-in centre', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 1-7.

  • Desborough, J, Forrest, L & Parker, R 2012, 'Nurse-led primary healthcare walk-in centres: an integrative literature review', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 68, no. 2, pp. 248-263.

 

Dr Nasser Bagheri

  • Ivory, V., Blakely, T., Pearce, J., Witten, K., Bagheri, N., Badland, H., Could strength of exposure to the residential neighbourhood modify associations between walkability and physical activity? Journal of Social Science and Medicine 2015

  • Bagheri, N., Gilmour, B., McRae, I., Konings, P., Dawda, P., Del Fante, P., van Weel, C., Community Cardiovascular Disease Risk From Cross-Sectional General Practice Clinical Data: ASpatial Analysis, Prev Chronic Dis 2015;12:140379. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd12.140379

  • Bagheri, N., McRae, I., Douglas, K., Butler, D., Del Fante, P., Adams, R., Undiagnosed diabetes from cross sectional GP practice data: An approach to identify communities with high likelihood of undiagnosed diabetes, BMJ Open, 2014 (4:e005305. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005305

  • Sarfati, D., Gurney, J., Bee, l., Bagheri, N., Simpson, A., Koea, J., Dennett, E., Identifying important comorbidity among cancer populations using administrative data: Prevalence and impact on survival. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 2014 DOI: 10.1111/ajco.12130

  • Bagheri, N., Holt, A., & Benwell, G. L. Using geographically weighted regression to validate approaches for modelling accessibility to primary health care. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy 2009, 2, 177-194

  • Milosavljevic, S., Bagheri, N., Vasiljev, R. M., McBride, D. I., Rehn, B., Does daily exposure to whole-body vibration and mechanical shock relate to the prevalence of low back and neck pain in a rural workforce? Annals of Occupational Hygiene, 2012, 56(1):10-7

  • Bagheri, N., Benwell, G. L., & Holt, A., Primary Health Care Accessibility for Rural Otago: “A Spatial Analysis”. Health Care and Informatics Review Online 2006, 10 (3)

 

Ms Laurann Yen

  • Jowsey, T, Yen, L, Dennis, S et al 2016, 'Time to manage: patient strategies for coping with an absence of care coordination and continuity', Sociology of Health and Illness. [hide] [edit]

  • Banfield, M, Gardner, K, McRae, I et al 2013, 'Unlocking information for coordination of care in Australia: a qualitative study of information continuity in four primary health care models', BMC Family Practice Journal, vol. 14, no. 34, pp. 1-21.

  • Yen, L, McRae, I, Jowsey, T et al 2013, 'Health work by older people with chronic illness: how much time does it take?', Chronic Illness, vol. Online (published dates tbc), pp. 1-15.

  • Yen, L, Jowsey, T & McRae, I 2013, 'Consultations with Complementary and alternative medicine practitioners by older Australians: results from a national survey', BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 13, no. 73, pp. 1-15

  • Douglas, K, Yen, L, Korda, R et al 2011, 'Chronic disease management items in general practice: A population-based study of variation in claims by claimant characteristics', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 195, no. 4, pp. 198-202

  • Islam MM, Yen L, Valderas J et al. 2014. Out-of-pocket expenditure by Australian seniors with chronic disease: the effect of specific diseases and morbidity clusters. BMC Public Health, vol 14:1008.

 

Dr Anne Parkinson

  • Jowsey T, Dennis S, Yen L, Islam M, Parkinson A, Dawda, P (2015) Time to manage: Patient strategies for coping with an absence of care coordination and continuity. Sociology of Health and Illness. doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12404

  • Gardner K, Parkinson A, Banfield M, Sargent G, Desborough J, Kalia Hehir K (2015) Usability of patient experience surveys in Australian primary healthcare: A scoping review. Australian Journal of Primary Health. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY14179

  • Dawda P, McRae IS, Yen L, Islam M, Bagheri N, Jowsey T, Banfield M, Parkinson A (2015) Does it matter who organises your health care? International Journal of Integrated Care. http://www.ijic.org/articles/1598/

  • Parkinson A, Jorm L, Douglas KA, Gee A, Sargent GM, Lujic S, McRae I (2014) Recruiting GPs for surveys: Reflections on the difficulties and some lessons learned. Australian Journal of Primary Healthhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY13129

  • Parkinson A, Parker R (2013) Addressing chronic and complex conditions: What evidence is there on the role primary health care nurses can play? Australian Health Review [published online 13 September] Australian Health Review - http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AH12019

  • Hindmarsh R, Parkinson A (2012) The public inquiry as a contested political technology: GM crop moratorium reviews in Australia, Environmental Politics, doi:10.1080/09644016.2012.698882

  • Hogan A, Berry H, Ng S, Parkinson A (2011) Farmer health and adaptive capacity in the face of climate change and variability. Part 1: Health as a contributor to adaptive capacity and as an outcome from pressures coping with climate related adversities, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 8, no. 10, pp. 4039-4054. doi:10.3390/ijerph8104039

 

Dr Dagmar Ceramidas

  • Ceramidas, DM. and Glasgow, NJ. (2013). Multi-morbidity: a system design challenge in delivering patient-centred care. Australian Health Review. Online Early (open access) 17 May 2013. DOI: 10.1071/AH13003http://www.publish.csiro.au/?act=view_file&file_id=AH13003.pdf
  • Ceramidas, DM., Dienaar, R., Roberts, A. and Carroll, S. (2013, March). Health Destination Pharmacy Trial. The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. Embargoed.

  • Ceramidas, DM., Crouch, R., Eklund, M., Forn de Zita, C., & Kirsh, B., Pitts, D. (2012). Mental health occupational therapy: The infrastructure. World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). Perth, Western Australia: WFOT.

  • Ceramidas, DM. (2012). Reducing depression in residential aged care facilities: A gospel-based cognitive behaviour group work approach. The Journal of Christian Nursing, 21(1), 42-28. DOI: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e318238f288

  • Ceramidas, DM., Yen, LE., and Gillespie, JA. (2011, December). Serious and continuing illness policy and prevention study (SCIPPS): Roundtable 3 – Health literacy for individuals and communities to support self-management. Menzies Centre for Health Policy, The University of Sydney and the Australian National University. http://www.menzieshealthpolicy.edu.au/other_tops/pdfs_research/SCIPPS_RT...

  • Ceramidas, DM., and Jan, S. (2011, December). Serious and continuing illness policy and prevention study (SCIPPS): Roundtable 2 – The economic impact of chronic disease on individuals and families. Menzies Centre for Health Policy, The University of Sydney and the Australian National University. http://www.menzieshealthpolicy.edu.au/other_tops/pdfs_research/SCIPPS_RT...

  • Douglas, KA., Ceramidas, DM., Gardner. K., and McRae, IS. (2010, June). Capitation funding mechanisms for diabetes management in Australian general practice – A Briefing document. Canberra, The Australian Capital Territory: Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI), The Australian National University.

  • Ceramidas, DM. (2010). A case against generalisation of mental health OT in Australia. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 57(6), 409-416. DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2010.00876.x

  • Ceramidas, DM. and Parker, RA. (2010). A response to patient-initiated aggression in general practice: Australian professional medical organisations face a challenge. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 16(3), 252-259. DOI: 10.1071/PY09074

  • Parker, RA., Ceramidas, DM., Forrest, LE., Herath, PM., and McRae, IS. (2010, April). Patient-initiated aggression in the Australian General Practice Setting.[Final report]. Canberra, The Australian Capital Territory: Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI), The Australian National University.

Tanisha Jowsey

  • Jowsey T, Dennis S, Yen L, Islam M, Parkinson A, Dawda, P (2015) Time to manage: Patient strategies for coping with an absence of care coordination and continuity. Sociology of Health and Illness. doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12404
  • Jowsey, T, McRae, I, Valderas, J et al 2013, 'Time's Up. Descriptive Epidemiology of Multi-Morbidity and Time Spent on Health Related Activity by Older Australians: A Time Use Survey', PLOS ONE (Public Library of Science), vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 1 - 6.
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