Health Services

Improvement & Implementation

The subcommittee promotes engagement and funding opportunities for Health Services Improvement and Implementation research across MACH, including the community, primary, secondary and tertiary care sectors. The group is committed to fostering knowledge sharing through the delivery of seminars and development of resources, and the evaluation and promotion of real-world implementation of evidence-based delivery of care within health systems at a community and national level.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Facilitating networking and collaborative opportunities for health services improvement and implementation research across MACH partners that includes the community, primary, secondary and tertiary care.

  • Encouraging and assisting in the submission of quality grant applications that address issues from an end user perspective.

  • Evaluating and promoting real-world implementation of evidence-based delivery of care within health systems at a community and national level.

  • Fostering health services research and implementation training using leading health systems methodologies.


Subcommittee Members

  • Prof Harriet Hiscock – Chair – Consultant Paediatrician; Director, Health Services Research Unit, Royal Children’s Hospital; Group Leader, Health Services Group, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; Director, Australian Paediatric Research Network

    Professor Hiscock is a consultant paediatrician and NHMRC Practitioner Fellow. She is the inaugural Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital Health Services Research Unit, Group Leader of the Health Services group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Director of the Australian Paediatric Research Network, and Director of the Unsettled Babies Clinic.  

    Her health services research develops and tests sustainable and cost-effective solutions to improve care for common child health problems, keep children out of hospital, reduce unnecessary care (waste), and optimize equity in access to mental health services. She established (in 2008) and leads the Australian Paediatric Research Network, a practice-based secondary care network of 540 paediatricians who contribute to her trials. In 2019-203, she is leading an NHMRC Centre of excellence in Childhood Adversity and associated Anxiety and depression. She has published 120 peer-reviewed articles in top ranked journals such as the British Medical Journal and has successfully translated her work into practice and policy. She has led > 10 RCTs and is assisted by a team of 20 researcher staff and students.

    For further information please see:

  • Dr Adam Deane – Head, Intensive Care Unit Research, Royal Melbourne Hospital; Deputy Director, Intensive Care Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital

  • Prof Briony Dow - Director, National Ageing Research Institute

  • Prof Marie Gerdtz - Head of Department of Nursing, UoM

  • Colleen Hartland - Consumer representative, Western Health

  • Prof Edward Janus – Director of Research, Western Health

    Professor Edward Janus is Director of Research at Western Health where he was previously Head of the General Internal Medicine Unit. He is an honorary Professorial Fellow in the Department of Medicine, Western Health, Melbourne Medical School, University of Melbourne. His PhD from London University was in genetic disorders of lipid metabolism particularly Familial Hypercholesterolaemia. Before that he obtained his MD with distinction from his alma mater, the University of Otago, on Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency.

    He is a consultant general physician as well as a chemical pathologist with broad expertise and a special clinical and research interest in the epidemiology and the primary and secondary prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in individuals as well as in the population. Edward’s other research interest is in translation and implantation research in hospital and community settings. He is a founder member and current Treasurer of the Asian Pacific Society of Atherosclerosis and Vascular Diseases and previous Chairman of the World Heart Foundation Council on Arteriosclerosis.

  • Vikki Leone - Translation and Knowledge Exchange Manager, RCH

  • Dr Leanne Saxon – Research Fellow, MACH

  • A/Prof Kim Dalziel – Principal Research Fellow (Health Economics), Melbourne School of Global and Population Health

    Kim Dalziel joined the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne in January 2013. She is a current Harkness Fellow with The Commonwealth Fund based at The University of Michigan for 2017/18. She is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Health Economics Group, Centre for Health Policy. She also leads the Health Technology Group within the Centre who perform evaluations for the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) to guide Medicare investment decisions.

    She leads a program of research in child health and has specialist expertise in economic evaluation and modelling, child health policy, vulnerability/equity and use of health services and economic evaluation alongside clinical trials. She has a strong interest in health services research  and is a member of the Health Services Research group at the Royal Children’s Hospital.​

    For further information see:

  • Prof Clara Gaff - Executive Director, Melbourne Genomics

  • A/Prof Graeme Hart – Chief Medical Information Officer, Austin Health

  • Prof Dave Story – Associate Director, MACH; Deputy Director, Centre for Integrated Clinical Care, University of Melbourne; Anaesthetist, Austin Hospital

    David Story is the Foundation Chair of Anaesthesia at The University of Melbourne; and leads the Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine program of the Centre for Integrated Critical Care, where he is also Deputy Director. He directs the Melbourne Clinical and Translational Sciences (MCATS) platform, supporting clinical and cost effectiveness research. He is a member of the Executive of the ANZCA clinical trials network as well as the ANZCA Research Committee and ANZCA Safety and Quality Committee. David is a part time Staff Anaesthetist at Austin Health and provides perioperative care for most surgical groups including patients undergoing liver transplantation. His health services research includes integrated multidisciplinary pre-operative patient optimisation and risk based post-operative care with the aim of reducing short and long-term complications, disability, and mortality.

    For further information please see:

  • Dr Narelle Watson - Director, Quality, Safety and Patient Experience, Western Health


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The mission of the MACH is to improve health and wellbeing by integrating medical research, education and clinical care.


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