The Health Management Research Alliance (HMRA) brings together health management researchers from a range of universities and external agencies across Australia and New Zealand. Membership includes scholars from Griffith University, La Trobe University, the University of Western Sydney, Macquarie University, the University of New England and the University of Tasmania. The HMRA allows members to be part of organisation-spanning research groups connecting with members from other groups such as:
- Society for Health Administration Programs in Education (SHAPE)
- ANZAM Health Management and Organization Special Interest Group
- Society for Studies in Organizing Healthcare (SHOC)
The HMRA was formed as a Griffith Business School (GBS) Strategic Research Program in 2007 to capitalise on the proposed Gold Coast University Teaching Hospital and promote a cross-faculty research partnership with the Health Group. The Health Group became involved in the alliance in 2009, the same year that SHAPE signed an MOU with Griffith Business School and the Health Group to sponsor the HMRA. Professor Liz Fulop (GBS) and Dr Gary Day (Health) became the co-leads. The MOU operated until 2013.
The HMRA has established a clear role in bringing together Australian and New Zealand health management academics interested in the research and pedagogy of health management and health systems, including acute care, aged care, mental health and community health. Our inclusive framework has been driven by the vision to engage in research that improves health management, health systems practice and pedagogy through collaborative, multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and multi-organisational research.
Aim and goals
The key aim of the HMRA is to enhance the reputation and influence of health management and health system researchers through a collaborative model of research engagement. This key aim is accomplished by:
- Developing research projects that are informed by the needs of health sector stakeholders and end users.
- Identifying and disseminating the research findings of members of the HMRA on health management and health systems improvements.
- Building strong and sustainable cross-institutional partnerships.
- Attracting diverse research funding to the HMRA.
- Growing a strong cohort of HDR students researching in the areas of health management and health systems improvements.
Following discussions with current members, the HMRA has set itself six research priority areas. These areas include:
- safety, risk and voice in health organisations
- Education, learning and experiential approaches for health management and leadership
- Workforce issues
- Collaboratives and clinical network
- The development of a Positive Organisational Scholarship Program in Health (POSH)
- Change management and innovation
- Social economics in health
- Knowledge translation and learning
If you wish to become a member of the HMRA or require further information, please contact us.