The Health Services Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ) and HSRAANZ 2017 conference awards allow us to celebrate colleagues by recognising the achievements of the health services research sector and acknowledge our ‘Best In’ conference.  


Each year the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ) makes a number of awards recognising the best health services research and researchers.  Winners of the following awards will be announced at the Welcome Cocktail Reception. 

The Distinguished Investigator Award

These awards recognise researchers who have made significant contributions to the field of health services and health policy research in Australia and New Zealand through scholarship and teaching, advancement of science and methods, and leadership (relative to level of award).  This year awards will be made for:

  • Lifetime Award
  • Mid-career Award

Health Services and Policy Research Papers of the Year

These awards recognise the best scientific published works in the field of health services and policy research.  This year’s awards will be awarded to:

  • Best overall paper
  • Best paper by an early career researcher 
  • Best paper by a PhD student

Best in Conference awards

Awards recognising the selected best work at the conference. 

ERGO Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition

We gratefully acknowledge our award prize sponsor, the Journal of Health Organization and Management (JHOM).

Presentations for the best-judged, and audience favourite presentation will be awarded during the Welcome Cocktail Reception. 

Conference delegates may vote via the conference app, or via paper vote.  Votes will be tallied at the end of the session, and delegates must be present to vote. Please consider originality, aesthetics, clarity and scientific merit when making your selection.

Individual Oral Abstracts

We are delighted to present awards to the following abstracts, selected as the very best from a high quality of submissions.  Awards will be presented at the Welcome Cocktail Reception.

The best abstracts were nominated by our Scientific Review committee, and judged by members of both our Organising Committee and the HSRAANZ Executive. 

Abstracts were judged on how well their research aligned with the theme of the conference, the tags selected and with Health Services Research methods and outcomes.

The Best (Highest Ranked) Abstract:

Using a hybrid discrete-event /agent-based model to examine improved triaging of GP-referred patients to colonoscopies

Thomas Elliott, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Highly Commended:  

Gaming the New Zealand Emergency Department target. How did it vary between hospitals, and why? 

Tim Tenbensel, University of Auckland  

Oral presented on Wednesday November 1, 11.30am during concurrent session: Acute/Ambulatory care pathways     

The Best (Highest Ranked) Abstract by an ECR:

Journeys to healthcare transformation: Partnering for change through Community-based Participatory Research with Manitoba First Nations

Grace Kyoon-Achan, University of Manitoba, Canada  

Oral presented on Wednesday November 1, 2.00pm, during concurrent session: An international Indigenous perspective. This oral will be presented by Josée Lavoie, University of Manitoba.

Oral Posters

The conference includes three concurrent sessions of Oral Poster presentations. One Oral Poster presenter per session will be awarded the opportunity to present their work before a plenary audience. 

Conference keynote and plenary speakers will judge the Oral Poster sessions, and rank their scores alongside conference delegate rankings to select one Best Poster per session.

Conference delegates attending the Oral Poster sessions may vote for best Oral Poster, via the conference app.  Please consider originality, aesthetics, clarity and scientific merit when making your selection.

Winners receive the opportunity to speak before a plenary audience, Friday November 3, 1.45pm.