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Illawarra residents urged not to rush to change private health cover. Illawarra Mercury, 25 March 2019.

Resident’s payment class not provided to facility until after entry under new model. Australian Ageing Agenda, 20 March 2019.

Consultation commences on new residential care funding model. Inside Ageing, 15 March 2019.

New aged care funding model hailed as “game changer”. The Australian, 14 March 2019.

Health Institute’s standing receives further boost: Health services research featured in new film series. UOW News, 13 March 2019. 

Transport support urgently needed to improve road safety in remote communities: survey. UNSW Newsroom, 12 March 2019.

Nursing home funding to surge under blueprint for aged care. The Australian, 25 February 2019.

NSW study finds no narrowing of child injury gap. National Indigenous Times, 13 February 2019.

Australia failing to close the gap on injuries to Indigenous children, study finds. UNSW Newsroom, 6 February 2019.


UOW rehabilitation centre takes part in health datathon: Researchers provide insight into patient health care and rehabilitation. UOW News, 5 Octboer 2018.

Sharing the Limelight: Valuing Nursing an Midwifery - Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch) Annual Professional Conference 2018. Key note speakers including the Hon Julia Gillard AC and Professor Kathy Eagar, 1-2 August 2018.

Gong social enterprise sprooks the benefits of Googling grandparents tackling the digital divide. Illawarra Mercury, 16 May 2018.

Strength and balance training could reduce falls among elderly, new research shows. SBS News. 21 April 2018.

AHSRI Lunchtime Seminar Series. Jo Khoo (PhD candidate). The role of private health insurance in supporting the care of high-needs patients. 22 March 2018.

‘Hide and seek’ a barrier to GPs visiting residential aged care facilities. UOW News. 28 March 2018.

UOW employee named Wollongong Woman of the Year. UOW News. 9 March 2018.

Wollongong Electorate Woman of the Year: A fighter for fairness. Paul Scully MP Media Release. 9 March 2018.

Researchers flag concerns with department’s survey. Community Care Review, 15 February 2018.

Quality and funding dominate aged care agenda. Australian Ageing Agenda, 9 February 2018.


AHSRI Health Outcomes and Benchmarking Full Day Workshop - Holiday Inn Sydney Airport - Thursday 14 December 2017

Euthanasia: It's not just about unbearable pain, it's about self determination, expert says. ABC News. 3 December 2017.

AHSRI Lunchtime Seminar Series. Professor Dawn Besssarab (Director for the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health at the University of Western Australia). Yarning about Indigenous Research Methodologies. 29 November 2017.

2017 Alan Owen Lecture

Speaker - Senior Professor Kathy Eagar, Director, Australian Health Services Research Institute
Lecture - Choices at end of life: palliative care, euthanasia and other end of life decisions
24 November 2017, Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong  

Health Economics Short Course 2017

Putting theory into practice: optimally informing related decisions of reimbursement, research and regulation in practice.
22 – 24 November 2017
IHMRI Building, Room G32.01, Wollongong Campus, Northfields Ave

Professor Kathy Eagar - Interview on 'Choices at end of life: palliative care, euthanasia and other end of life decisions'. ABC Radio National, Health report with Norman Swan. 20 November 2017.

Professor Kathy Eagar - Interview on 'Choices at end of life: palliative care, euthanasia and other end of life decisions'. ABC Radio Illawarra, Breakfast with Melinda James. 20 November 2017.AHSRI News

Media release - Ombudsman New South Wales: NSW Child Death Review Team report. 15 November 2017.

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New research partnership to examine the impact of ageing on the population of the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and beyond. Illawarra Mercury, 31 October 2017.

Webinar for Primary Health Networks - Prolonged grief: Applying the evidence in Primary Health Networks. 31 October 2017.

University of Wollongong School of Medicine Seminar: Hospital Frequent Attenders: What can we learn from longitudinal and linked data. A/Prof Judy Mullan, Dr Luise Lago, Dr Victoria Westley-Wise (CHRISP). 24 October 2017 (Building 28.101). 

AHSRI Lunchtime Seminar Series. Assoc. Professor Mario Fernando (School of Management, Operations & Marketing, UOW). Human resource and decision-making challenges in the healthcare sector. 18 October 2017.

Eight life lessons from some of Wollongong's inspiring older people (Professor Helen Hasan). Illawarra Mercury, 14 October 2017.

The Nursing Home Where Kids Come to Play. The Feed (SBS Viceland). 3 October 2017.

Residential Aged Care Reform: Welcome to the 21st Century. Australian Association of Gerontology Seminar - presented by Professor Kathy Eagar, Director of AHSRI. 26 September 2017.

Vale Dr Garry Pearce. 18 August 2017.

AHSRI Lunchtime Seminar Series. Senior Professor Kathy Eagar (AHSRI Director). Consumer directed care - A new policy direction in aged and disability care: challenges and opportunities. 16 August 2017.

The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP (Minister for Aged Care, Minister for Indigenous Health) Media release: New Study Provides Insight into Residential Care Costs. The Australian Government has announced the start of a landmark investigation of the comparative costs of providing residential aged care to older Australians with varying needs. 15 August 2017.

Aged care review to iron out wrinkles. PS News, Independent News For The Australian Public Service. Edition Number 565. Updated 22 August 2017.

New investigation into residential aged care costs come as new ‘user-friendly’ website is activated. Talking Aged Care, Aged Care Guide. 17 August 2017.

New Study into Residential Care Costs. Pro Bono Australia News. 16 August 2017.

The health economics of ageing. Health Report presented by Dr Norman Swan. ABC Radio National. 24 July 2017.

AHSRI Lunchtime Seminar Series. Dr Lyn Phillipson (NHMRC-ARC Dementia Fellow). Presentation: Inclusive methods for assessing social care related quality of life for people living with dementia in receipt of a Home Care Package. 19 July 2017.

Why carers are still core business. Community Care Review. 6 July 2017.

Scholarship success for UOW PhD candidate. Illawarra Mercury, 26 June 2017.

Book by UOW professor calls for urgent healthcare funding reform. Illawarra Mercury, 20 June 2017.

Public policy lecture - Senior Professor Simon Eckermann. 19 June, Sydney Business School.

Health Economics from Theory to Practice book launch. 19 and 20 June 2017. 

Research partnership bringing together clinicians and researchers through linked data platform to benefit people with dementia. Media release, 16 June 2017.

Health Outcomes Workshops - 2 June 2017

  • Morning Workshop 1. Measuring and Managing Health Outcomes: An Overview (Presenter: Associate Professor Jan Sansoni, Director, Australian Health Outcomes Collaboration. Guest presenter: Dr Kate Williams, Research Fellow, Centre for Health Service Development)
  • Afternoon Workshop 2. Outcomes Evaluation and Benchmarking: Applications of Outcome Measurement (Presenters: Professor Kathy Eagar, Director, Australian Health Services Research Institute Ms Frances Simmonds, Director, Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre; Associate Professor Jan Sansoni, Australian Health Outcomes Collaboration) 

Coogee academic is named in Queen’s Birthday Honours for work with disadvantaged communities. Southern Courier, 1 June 2017.

Seminar - Dr Anna Kemp-Casey, Research Fellow, Medicines and Device Surveillance Centre for Research Excellence (University of South Australia) and Adjunct Research Fellow, Centre for Health Services Research (University of Western Australia). Working with MBS and PBS data. 24 May 2017.

AHSRI Lunchtime Seminar Series. A/Professor Grahame Simpson (Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research Group - Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research. Presentation: Current research and service development issues in brain injury. 17 May 2017.

Concerns and costs around aged care rise as more live longer. The Australian, 29 April 2017.

AHSRI Lunchtime Seminar Series. Dr Malcolm Masso: Rapid reviews of the literature: balancing rigour with realism. 19 April 2017.

Wollongong ‘Grow with nbn’ winner announced: Living Connected program recognised for its outstanding use of connectivity as part of the 2017 Grow with nbn grants program. iAccelerate News. 5 April 2017.

Specialist workers supporting younger people with dementia. Autumn edition of Community Care Review magazine. 30 March 2017.

Health Outcomes Workshops - 9 and 10 March 2017

  • Morning Workshop 1. Measuring and Managing Health Outcomes: An Overview (Presenter: Associate Professor Jan Sansoni, Director, Australian Health Outcomes Collaboration)
  • Afternoon Workshop 2. Outcomes Evaluation and Benchmarking: Applications of Outcome Measurement (Presenters: Professor Kathy Eagar, Director, Australian Health Services Research Institute Ms Frances Simmonds, Director, Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre; Associate Professor Jan Sansoni, Australian Health Outcomes Collaboration) 

AHSRI 2017 Seminar Series


Study focuses on caring for those injured on our roads. UOW News, 14 December 2016.

Online education program to help carers navigate respite system. Australian Ageing Agenda. 7 December 2016.

Landmark delirium study published by Senior Professor Eckermann and colleagues. 6 December 2016.

2016 Professor Alan Owen Lecture. 25 November 2016.

AHSRI member A/Professor Kate Senior appointed to the Australian Research Council (ARC) College of Experts (the ARC engages a College of Experts to play a key role in identifying research excellence, moderating external assessments and recommending projects to be funded under the National Competitive Grants Program). 24 November 2016.

Dementia-Friendly Kiama honoured in National Disability Awards: First-of-its-kind initiative recognised for community partnerships. UOW Media Release. 8 November 2016.

Specialists alarmed about children prescribed opium-derived painkillers. Sydney Morning Herald. 30 October 2016.

Study shows knowledge gap in safe use of over-the-counter pain medications. UOW Media Release. 25 October 2016.

Pain pills unexplained, study says. HealthCareer. 24 October 2016.

Unique board game helps adolescents navigate life’s ups and downs. UOW Media Release. 13 October 2016.

2016 International Social Marketing Conference, Wollongong, NSW (Featured Conference Workshop: Social Marketing and the National Disability Insurance Scheme). 26-27 September 2016.

Professor Heather Yeatman wins Sidney Sax Award for public health: UOW’s Public and Population Health expert and Head of School of Health and Society, Professor Heather Yeatman, has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Sidney Sax Award by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA). 26 September 2016.

Dementia Enabling University Strategy. Alzheimer's Australia - Dementia News. August 2016.

Workshops by Dr Ian Maidment:

Workshop 1: Qualitative Research (14 July 2016)
Workshop 2: Getting your work published (27 July 2016) 
Venue: AHSRI training room

Dr Ian Maidment is an experienced researcher, manager and clinician. Before joining Aston University in 2012, he had a 25 year career as a practising pharmacist. This included periods in community pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry, the acute sector and most notably old age and adult psychiatry. He was also Chief Pharmacists in two NHS trusts and led R&D in another NHS trust. He was awarded his PhD on medication management in dementia in 2013 and has approaching 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Since joining Aston he has led, or been co-applicant on grants approaching £1 million. He also currently leads the postgraduate psychiatric pharmacy programme; this unique programme attracts students across the globe. 

Former Executive Dean John Glynn honoured for contribution to UOW. UOW News, 21 July 2016.

Celebrating Women of Impact: Forty-one outstanding academic women from UOW  (including several AHSRI members: A/Professor Melanie Randle, A/Professor Kate Senior, Professor Lorna Moxham and Dr Lyn Phillipson) have been recognised for their achievements, from solving complex world challenges to advancing knowledge in fast-moving industries. 5 July 2016.

DTSCs aim to create Australia’s first ‘dementia enabling’ university. Australian Journal of Dementia Care, 29 May 2016.

Lecture by Professor Simon Eckermann. Health care policy with an aging population - where should health care reform be heading? Wednesday 20 April 2016.

Professor Kathy Eagar’s research-industry collaboration mission (to improve home care quality through linking care outcomes to planning and review outcomes) was reported on by the Australian Ageing Agenda, 24 March 2016.

Associate Professor Helen Hasan was amongst a team of UOW researchers who launched a new website and coaching program to support careers of people with dementia. The study was showcased in Australian Ageing Agenda, 17 March 2016.

Seminar presentation - Professor Fabrizio Carinci, Professor of Health Systems and Policy, University of Surrey
OECD health care quality indicators and related international projects: Methodological advances, new challenges and the future of health statistics
29 February 2016.

Launch of new resources helps people with dementia and their carers 'ReThink Respite': Researchers launch innovative project supporting carers and people living with dementia to rethink respite. 22 February 2016.

Children from Indigenous communities more likely to suffer unintentional injuries, study finds. ABC News, 19 February 2016.

Experts unite behind evidence supporting immunisation. 19 January 2016.

AHSRI 2016 Seminar Series


Australian communities to map local ‘Dementia Friendly’ places: Researchers develop unique tool to map ‘dementia friendly places’ in local areas. UOW Media Release. 8 December 2015.

Professor Kathy Eagar - 2015 recipient of the Health Services Research Association of Australia & New Zealand (HSRAANZ) Professional Award. 7 December 2015.

Professor John Glynn retires after 19 years at University of Wollongong. Illawarra Mercury, 4 December 2015.

2015 Alan Owen Lecture

Speaker - Adjunct Professor Nick Rowley, Sydney Democracy Network at the University of Sydney 
Lecture - Climate Change: An Enabling Truth - What hope an adequate response to the global climate problem? 
20 November 2015, Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong  

AHSRI 2015 Seminar Series

AHSRI 2015 Short Courses in Health Services Research and Development

NSW Child Death review Team - two reports. NSW Ombudsman media release. 29 October 2015.

Close the Gap: Indigenous health implementation plan a potential game-changer. Ian Ring. The Age, 25 October 2015.

$52 million for projects, hospital guidelines among initiatives announced in Palliative Care Week (Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration). 29 May 2015.

Seminar presentation - Professor Lynne Turner-Stokes (Director of the Regional Rehabilitation Unit, Northwick Park Hospital, London). Demonstrating the cost-efficiency of rehabilitation. 19 May 2015. 

Visit from Singapore Palliative Care Implementation Task Force. 16-18 March 2015. 

Grant to improve surveys about rehabilitation care. 2015 Medibank Health Research Fund. UOW Research & Innovation, Issue 1 2015 (page 19).


Associate Professor Ben Marosszeky retires as AROC Clinical Director. 17 December 2014.

2014 Alan Owen Lecture

Speaker - Patrick D. McGorry, Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and Director of Orygen Youth Health and Orygen Youth Health Research Centre in Victoria, Australia 
Lecture - Youth Mental Health: A Best Buy For Mental Health Reform 
21 November 2014, Innovation Campus, Wollongong, NSW   

Professor of Indigenous Health Kathleen Clapham, from AHSRI, awarded a $317,000 Discovery Indigenous (ARC) grant. 5 November 2014.

SInet Workshop: "Looking ahead to the next decade: Responding to a range of future scenarios in digital communication and coordination"

Speaker: Professor Bonnie Nardi
Event date and time: 3 October 2014, 10:30am - 4:00pm
Event location: AHSRI training room, Innovation Campus

Professor Heather Yeatman and Ms Elizabeth Cuthbert receive the Vice-Chancellor's Award for 25 Years Service. 25 August 2014.

Health Reform and Older People - National Changes, Local impacts - A Perspective from the Illawarra

An AAG Event
Keynote Speaker: Professor Kathy Eagar
Event Date & Time: Friday 25 July 2014, 9:30am - 3:15pm
Event Location: ITAMS, Innovation Campus, Wollongong, NSW 

Book launch: Being Practical with Theory: a window into business research (edited by Helen Hasan). A collection of short articles by researchers in the School of Management, Operations & Marketing. 22 July 2014.

This book is a collection of short articles by members of a business research group at the University of Wollongong, Australia. We call the group THEORI, which is an acronym of Transforming Human Enterprise: Organization, Responsibility and Innovation. With a collection of short chapters, we aim to create a straight forward guide for researchers and practitioners on a range of theories used in the fields of management and organization studies from what members of THEORI have learnt over many years of high quality research. The chapters are written and presented in a way that that we hope will appeal to anyone who is interested in organisational studies and management practice. We hope this book will inspire both researchers and practitioners as they seek to generate and mobilise the knowledge that assists responsible innovation and adaptation to the ever-changing circumstances of the modern world.

Available in ebook and hardcopy.  

ED patient tax 'makes no sense'. Illawarra Mercury, 30 May 2014.

The budget: widening not closing the gap on indigenous health. Ian Ring. The Canberra Times, 20 May 2014.

Health Economics From Theory To Practice: Informing Related Decisions of Reimbursement, Research and Regulation. A three-day workshop conducted by Professor Simon Eckermann and Professor Andrew Willan. 2–4 April 2014, Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong, Sydney, Australia. 


Inaugural Alan Owen Lecture. 22 November 2013.

Electronic data joins the fight against persistent pain. Pulse+IT. 6 November 2013.

Study to help ease chronic pain. UOW Media Release. 9 September 2013.

Queen's Birthday Honours - Order of Australia Award for AHSRI Board Member (Mr Michael Bassingthwaighte). 10 June 2013.

Researchers evaluate national kitchen garden program in schools. UOW News, 5 April 2013.

Order of Australia Award for AROC Clinical Director, Ben Marosszeky. 26 January 2013. 


Alan Owen Obituary: Campaigner for health care. Sydney Morning Herald. 26 December 2012.

New method allows quality to be appropriately included in economic efficiency comparison of health services. 4 December 2012.

Social Science & Medicine reports on key new method. 4 December 2012.

Establishment of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health Systems Improvement (CREMSI). November 2012.

Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council in November 2012, Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health Systems Improvement (CREMSI) is a five year multi-institutional research collaboration that will research the design of a better mental health system for Australia. CREMSI will examine the burden caused by mental disorders and how best to reduce this using the full range of prevention and treatment interventions delivered across Australian service settings. Professor Kathy Eagar, Director of the Australian Health Services Research Institute, is a Chief Investigator for CREMSI. Visit the CREMSI website.

HSRAANZ Public Lecture - Prof Susan Michie. 21 May 2012.

Community Engagement Grants Scheme - Recipient for 2012 - Ms Tara Stevermuer (Animal Alphabet Adventures: educational interactive whiteboard resources for preschool students). 


Seminar presentation - Professor Lynne Turner-Stokes (Director of the Regional Rehabilitation Unit, Northwick Park Hospital, London). The UKROC dataset – using the data to improve services. 12 October 2011.

UOW hosts leading Chinese rehabilitation experts. UOW News, 8 September 2011.

Seminar presentation - Sue Lawrence. The ‘Trajectory of Decline’ in residential aged care: Formative results. 16 August 2011. 

IHMRI Seminar Series presentation - Kathy Eagar. The Australian health system - national reform, local challenges. 9 August 2011.

UOW to evaluate $12.8 million national kitchen-garden program in schools. UOW News, 9 August 2011.

Illawarra Aged Care Forum: Meeting the needs of older Australians. 19 April 2011.

Health Economics from Theory to Practice: Informing Related Decisions of Reimbursement, Research & Regulation. A three-day workshop conducted by Prof Simon Eckermann & Prof Andrew Willan. 18-20 April 2011, Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong, Sydney, Australia.

Insights on interdisciplinary innovation. UOW News, 13 April 2011.


Vice-Chancellor Award for Research Excellence - Outstanding Achievement in Research Partnership (Highly Commended): Prof. Kathy Eagar, A/Prof Rob Gordon, Janette Green, Frances Simmonds. Research Project: Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC). 11 June 2010.

UOW awarded $9 million to develop health information system. UOW News, 20 April 2010.

Korean delegation visits Centre for Health Service Development. UOW News, 2 February 2010.

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CHSD spreads some Christmas cheer to a local family. UOW News, 21 December 2009.

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