HARC, the Hospital Alliance for Research Collaboration, is a state-wide network of researchers, health managers, clinicians and policy makers, which aims to improve health and hospital services through research.

The HARC e-Bulletin is a monthly update of the latest influential national and international reviews, research and reports. It covers topics of direct relevance to current and emerging healthcare policy issues in Australia.

HARC e-Bulletin, Issue 48

June 2016. This month, we look at some of the latest research on critical care infections, including a study that reveals how a US intervention led to widespread reductions in hospital bloodstream infections that have been maintained for a decade. In less positive news, another study reveals that patients...

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HARC e-Bulletin, Issue 47

May 2016. This month, we focus on the major challenge of keeping patients safe within our healthcare institutions. Our recent HARC forum on accreditation heard that too many patients are still harmed in our hospitals, with Canadian expert Leslee Thompson suggesting it’s time to disrupt the system to drive...

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HARC e-Bulletin, Issue 46

April 2016. In this month’s Bulletin, we meet the four new recipients of the 2016 HARC scholarships, who will now have the opportunity to travel abroad to investigate areas ranging from ways to represent Aboriginal voices in health system design and delivery, to ensuring electronic health records keep patients...

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HARC e-Bulletin, Issue 45

March 2016. In this month’s HARC e-Bulletin, we report on a recent symposium that explored  the concept of the Patient-Centred Medical Home,  a new model of primary care that has been adopted in the US, and is widely-viewed as a way forward for delivering improved primary care in Australia....

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HARC e-Bulletin, Issue 44

February 2016. In this month’s HARC e-Bulletin, we look at new research on interventions that are having a positive impact on health outcomes, and some that aren’t proving quite as successful. In our focus on falls and fractures, we report on a study revealing the heavy cost burden of...

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HARC e-Bulletin, Issue 43

January 2016. Welcome to the first HARC e-Bulletin for 2016, covering the latest news, research and reports from December last year and this month. In this Bulletin, we look at new research on avoiding adverse events in healthcare, including a study that reveals off-label prescribing is linked to a...

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HARC e-Bulletin, Issue 42

November 2015. In this month’s e-Bulletin, we focus on medical records ‒ an ever-changing but vital element of the healthcare system. One study finds that what patients say about their hospital experience on Twitter may well be an untapped indicator of hospital quality, while another raises questions about whether...

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HARC e-Bulletin, Issue 41

October 2015. In this month’s e-Bulletin, we focus on shifts in the way hospitals are managed, from the way wards are organised to the way staff are rostered. We look at research into how both staff and patients reacted to a move to single-bed wards as well as new...

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HARC e-Bulletin, Issue 40

September 2015. In this month’s e-Bulletin, we look at the challenging areas of evaluation and measurement. Speaking at a recent HARC Forum, visiting expert Professor Nicholas Mays offered valuable insights into the evaluation of integrated care strategies. See our story below. Our research section features new findings about the...

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HARC e-Bulletin, Issue 39

August 2015. In this month’s e-Bulletin, we look at how the “human factors” approach adopted by the aviation industry has the potential to change the way the healthcare industry addresses safety issues. We also meet one of the 2015 HARC scholars, Katinka Moran, from the Bureau of Health Information,...

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