Health Services

Increase the quality, accessibility, and value of healthcare that children receive.

Led by Professor Harriet Hiscock, the Health Services Group supports the development and use of the best evidence to increase the quality, accessibility, and value of healthcare that children receive. It aims to reduce disparities and improve health outcomes for children across Victoria and Australia. With the growing cost and demand for health services and the complexity of healthcare delivery, health services research can better inform policymakers, clinicians and patients on how best to deliver healthcare.

Our research is a scientific field that examines:

  • How people get access to healthcare
  • How much care costs
  • What happens to patients because of this care?

Our research investigates how to improve children’s mental health care through clinical and population trials and studies of the organisation and financing of mental health care. We work in partnership with the Royal Children’s Hospital - Health Services Research Unit, which focuses on developing and testing novel approaches to shift care from the overburdened hospital system to the community and reduce the low value or wasteful care.

Systematic reviews, secondary healthcare data analysis and large, epidemiological studies underpin our work. Health services research, quality improvement and health economics perspectives are integral to our work.