Links and Affiliations
Within the University of Wollongong
The Australian Health Services Research Institute's relationship with the Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong and Faculty of Business reflects the way the Institute's links have strengthened across faculties in areas such as management, information systems and health economics.
At the same time, the Institute has established working relationships with the Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, closely collaborating with researchers from a variety of disciplines.
With other Australian Universities
AHSRI has collaborations with a variety of other health service research organisations. We have strong links with researchers at Newcastle, UNSW, Queensland and Melbourne Universities, Queensland University of Technology, Flinders and Edith Cowan University. The NSW-based Australian Mental Health Outcomes and Classification Network (AMHOCN) is a partner that shares the AHSRI interest in data and classification issues, and the use of nationally agreed mental health outcome measures. AHSRI also has links with The George Institute for Global Health (University of Sydney).
With the health industry
We continue to have strong connections to influential industry partners, particularly governmental health authorities including the Australian Government and state and territory departments, local health districts and primary health networks.
Strong links have also been fostered with a wide range of non-government organisations (e.g. ACOSS), local government and industry groups like the Australian Healthcare Association, the NSW and ACT Aged and Community Services Association, private providers and health insurance groups.
The AHSRI has a growing international reputation. Its staff are regularly invited to present papers at international conferences and to international organisations, e.g. the OECD (on measuring health system performance), the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, consultancies and development projects on health financing for the World Health Organisation and AusAID; and Oxford Outcomes in the UK (to undertake the Australian language revisions of a number of health outcomes assessment instruments).
Links between our health outcome centres and New Zealand continue to be strengthened, with New Zealand rehabilitation units well represented in AROC's membership and pain services in New Zealand coming on board to ePPOC.
AHSRI hosts a number of international visitors annually. For example, PCOC coordinated a study tour for 10 members of the Singapore Palliative Care Guidelines Implementation Task Force in March 2015, and Professor Lynne Turner-Stokes, Director of the Regional
Rehabilitation Unit at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow UK, visited in May 2015.
AHOC continues to collaborate with the MAPI Institute in France and the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) as well as the International Consortium Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM).
The education program offered by AHSRI also has an international reach. Members of AHSRI are part of the an advanced school on the design and implementation of casemix-based funding models ran by Patient Classification Systems International, which provides programs to an international audience. Further, the course 'Health Economics from Theory to Practice', running since 2005, has been consistently rated by participants as the best course of its type internationally.
A range of groups and individuals with diverse areas of expertise from across the globe frequently collaborate on and participate in AHSRI's varied research projects.