Health Services Research / Implementation Science

Health services research is a multidisciplinary field that aims to build evidence about the organisation, delivery, financing and outcomes of health and care services to inform policy and practice

About this theme

Zooming in on the delivery of care, Implementation Science is the scientific study of methods to promote the uptake of research findings into routine practice in health and social care. What we do matters now more than ever. The Australian Government vision is better health and wellbeing for all Australians, now and for future generations. If we are to realise this vision, Health, social care and aged care services need to evolve to meet new patterns of ill health, demand and opportunities from new treatments and technologies.

Health services research (HSR) studies address the planning, distribution, organisation, provision, quality, effectiveness, efficiency, and outcome of health care services. HSR researchers in the School of Health Sciences are conducting research across a wide variety of clinical areas, to discover new and effective clinical and therapeutic interventions.

Implementation scientists in the School investigate implementation problems (evidence-practice gaps in care). Whether the care gaps involve established practices (such as over-prescribing of antibiotics or over-transfusing of blood products) or new and emerging interventions (such as pre-habilitation for people prior to cancer surgery or empowerment therapies for people with psychosis), changing practice is difficult and often needs support. Implementation researchers also investigate inappropriate variations in care with the aim of reducing health inequalities.

Not all implementation strategies work, so to avoid wasted time and effort, we need to build a theory-informed evidence base to discover effective strategies for closing care gaps. Our vision is to enhance health outcomes, reduce health inequalities and improve health service users’ experience of care.

Meet our researchers in health services research and implementation science