HARC, the Health 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 28

August 2014. In this month’s Bulletin we look at recent studies in The Lancet Infectious Diseases and from the World Health Organization that reveal a worrying global increase in resistance to and prescribing of last-resort antimicrobials. We also share the latest research on how hospitals can improve the implementation of shared decision making...

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HARC e-Bulletin Issue 27

June/July 2014. The HARC partners were delighted to host an event in May featuring Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, who spoke about how the UK’s National Health Service is using performance measurement to drive health systems change. There was a record level of interest in the event, which also received coverage on...

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HARC e-Bulletin Issue 26

March/April 2014. Can the location of a patient’s hospital ward affect the quality of care they receive and their overall health outcomes? A study from St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne suggests patients do better when they are cared for in home wards, which are specialised to their condition. This...

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HARC e-Bulletin Issue 25

February/ March 2014. Issues of patient care are front and centre in this edition of the HARC e-Bulletin, where we look at new guidelines aimed at improving obesity care in the US. The guidelines place more focus on lifestyle interventions and physician awareness and education than previously. We also explore how...

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HARC e-Bulletin Issue 24

December 2013. In this month’s HARC e-Bulletin we feature a world-first Australian study comparing continuity of midwifery care throughout pregnancy with standard public hospital care. For the first time researchers have shown caseload midwifery reduces interventions in birth and lowers healthcare costs. The findings were published in The Lancet....

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HARC e-Bulletin Issue 23

November 2013. What can hospitals learn about safety from the aviation and nuclear power industries? And do patient reviews of healthcare providers on websites have an impact on clinical outcomes? These are just some questions tackled by the new research featured in this month’s HARC e-Bulletin. Out-of-pocket healthcare costs are...

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HARC e-Bulletin Issue 22

October 2013. Your HARC e-Bulletin has a bright new look. And thanks to increasing interest from the HARC network membership, the Bulletin will now be delivered to your inbox monthly instead of quarterly. Some big-picture questions are examined and debated in this edition of the Bulletin. We hope you...

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HARC e-Bulletin Issue 21

August 2013. What really matters to patients, what role does evidence play in stopping ineffective practice, and does telehealth improve outcomes for people with chronic illness? These are just some of the questions examined in this edition of the HARC e-Bulletin. Download HARC e-Bulletin Issue 21 (PDF 350 KB)

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HARC e-Bulletin Issue 20

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April 2013. Quality and safety in clinical settings, running cost-effective health systems, evaluating health programs and providing patient-centred care are all covered in this issue. The latest e-Bulletin also features some new content, including a news wrap and profile of HARC Network member and Scholarship recipient Bronwyn Shumack. Download...

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HARC e-Bulletin Issue 19

HARC eBulletin Issue 18 Cover

August 2012. What are the key drivers of overall health system performance? What interventions are effective in improving on-the-ground care? And how can we reduce the health inequalities we know exist in some patient populations? These are the three key themes explored in this issue of the HARC e-Bulletin....

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