AHSRI Organisation and Management
The Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) is a self-funded health services research and development (R&D) institute. It had its origins in an agreement between the Illawarra Area Health Service and the University of Wollongong to establish a health services research and development centre. The UOW established AHSRI (then Centre for Health Service Development) in 1993 at the request of, and in full cooperation with, the (then) Illawarra Area Health Service (now the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District).
The AHSRI has a Management Advisory Board that is responsible for its governance. The Terms of Reference of the AHSRI Management Advisory Board are to:
- Determine, in conjunction with the AHSRI Director and AHSRI staff, AHSRI research and development strategic directions, priorities and policies;
- Represent the views of the broader health and health service research sectors;
- Examine and evaluate health service research and development opportunities and strategies;
- Receive and consider reports on:
- the range of activities undertaken by the AHSRI; and
- financial management and expenditure;
- Provide advice on policy issues related to health service research and development that emerge from the concerns of industry or government, or that may be referred to it; and
- Provide advice on health service research policies, strategies and activities to assist the AHSRI to remain relevant and useful to its industry partners and the wider community.
The AHSRI Management Advisory Board consists of an independent Chair; two nominees of the University of Wollongong (UOW); two nominees of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District; the AHSRI Director; up to six AHSRI staff representatives; and invited individuals including community representatives. Such individuals have experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas: clinical practice and clinical research; public health; social health and social justice issues; health policy and health services research; Aboriginal health; community health; aged care; the management of health services; the private health sector; consumer perspectives; rural health; and the university / higher education sector.