2017 Health Services Research Award Winner: Australian & New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry

This Award is for an individual who has provided leadership and made an outstanding contribution to health services research; driven research that has led to a significant improvement in healthcare; and/or has championed the development of the health services research field.

Congratulations to Award Winner: Australian & New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry

The Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry (ANZHFR) is a web-based audit of hip fracture care and secondary fracture prevention. Clinicians from across the spectrum of hip fracture care led its development and implementation.

The aim of the ANZHFR is to use data to improve hip fracture care. The ANZHFR standardised dataset is collected and submitted by hospitals across Australia and New Zealand. The data held by the Registry is used to generate real-time feedback that sites can use to improve the hip fracture care they provide.

The Registry minimum dataset has been designed to align with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s Hip Fracture Clinical Care Standard and allows hospitals to look at performance against national quality indicators.

The number of hospitals entering data continues to increase. Just over 50% of all Australian public hospitals which operate on hip fracture patients (98 hospitals) now have approval to enter data.
Founders of ANZHFR – Professor Jacqui Close is a consultant in Orthogeriatrics at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and Clinical Director of the Falls, Balance and Injury Research Centre at Neuroscience Research Australia.

Along with Professor Harris, she is a founder and Co-Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry, was the lead author on the Australian and New Zealand Guideline for Hip Fracture Care and chaired the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care topic working group which led to the production of the Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard in 2016.

Professor Ian Harris is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of NSW and is an active clinician and researcher based in Liverpool, in Sydney’s southwest. His clinical interests are in orthopaedic surgery, particularly fracture surgery and fracture in older people. His research interests are in surgical outcomes and registry science. These clinical and academic interests combined when Professor Harris joined Professor Close to establish the Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry in 2012.

Pictured caption: Mr Frank McGuire [Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research, Parliament of Victoria], Professor Jacqueline Close [Neuroscience Research Australia] and Chris Chapman [Research Australia]

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