What we offer
We help organisations make informed decisions grounded in evidence.
We have an extensive track record across health and aged care.
We tailor our solutions and work in partnership with our clients and stakeholders.
We have evaluated high-profile, multi-stakeholder, complex programs in health and aged care, mostly involving mixed-methods. We bring skills in all aspects of evaluation, including design, program logic/theory, data collection design, case studies, statistical and economic analysis, working with secondary data, report writing and dissemination. We are experienced in experimental, quasi-experimental, non-experimental, qualitative, realist and participatory/action research approaches.
Planning, needs analysis and projections
We have supported federal, state and territory governments in developing methods and tools for estimating relative utilisation of health services or need at sub-national/regional levels, forecasting need or demand for hospital and other health services and modelling health workforce requirements. We equip our clients with tools to undertake their own further analyses and provide training to build expertise and capability.
Workforce planning, review and modelling
We have undertaken numerous projects planning, reviewing and modelling health workforce requirements. These have been across a range of workforce groups and for specific workforces. We have developed innovative needs-based approaches to model workforce requirements in addition to the traditional demand-based approaches. Members of our team have been responsible for workforce planning functions in national agencies and established major health workforce data collections that continue to be used.
We have capabilities in modern approaches for modelling causation, Bayesian analysis, models for clustered data, and machine learning/ predictive analytics. We regularly work with state and Commonwealth statutory and administrative data collections, population surveys, registries, financial data, electronic health records, and linked data. We use R for statistical analyses and developing tools to manipulate, explore and visualize data. We share underlying code and tools with our clients and have trained staff in client organisations to refresh analyses or maintain tools that we deliver.
We developed the Australian Emergency Care Classification and were part of the team that developed Service Related Groups and Enhanced Service Related Groups, which we have continued to refine. We also developed the concept of hospital peer groups. We worked on enhancements to the Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (AR-DRGs) classification and refined it for international health systems. Internationally we have developed classification systems for dental and outpatient care. We combine high-end statistical skills, proficiency in clinical coding, clinical and health system knowledge and an understanding of the principles and functions of classification systems.
Funding policy and models
We have played a key and significant role in developing activity based funding within Australia and internationally. Our work has included both design and implementation. We have worked in service areas where ABF has been more commonly applied, such as hospital services, as well as new areas, such as aged care, breast screening and ambulance services.
We conduct systematic and rapid evidence reviews as part of many of our projects and as stand-alone projects. We apply industry standards for framing questions, identifying publications, assessing the quality of studies, summarising the evidence (including meta-analysis), interpreting the findings and reporting.
Safety and quality
We have developed and analysed clinical indicators, developed reports and visualisations of safety and quality measures (including outcomes), advised on and implemented statistical methods for risk adjustment, and explored evidence of interventions and policies to improve safety and quality. We developed the inaugural chartbooks of safety and quality measures for the Australian Council for Safety and Quality (2004) and for the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission (2007).
Health outcome and performance reporting
Jim Pearse was involved in the development of the original National Health Performance Framework (2001), which continues to be used for reporting on health outcomes and the performance of the health care system in the AIHW’s Australia’s health. He also developed the framework for performance reporting under the Australian Health Care Agreements (2006). We developed the inaugural reports on health outcomes, health system performance and broader determinants of health, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework Report (2006) and the State of Our Public Hospitals Report (2004).
Policy and strategy
We have strong credentials in health and aged care policy, with a particular focus on complex health systems. Our policy expertise covers all areas of health care: primary health care, chronic disease, integrated care, the hospital sector, preventative health, health care funding and aged care.
Data and information management
We have reviewed organisations’ information flows and advised on the best methods for managing information. We have developed specifications for data sets and individual data elements and have represented these in the AIHW’s Metadata Online Registry, METEOR. We have an understanding and appreciation of ethical and legal issues in procuring, transferring, storing and disseminating data and advise our clients on the key frameworks relevant to these areas.
Our vision and mission
We equip our clients to make the best decisions to improve the health and wellbeing of the population. We genuinely love the work that we do and won’t take on a project unless we are passionate about it, in which case we give it our all. We involve stakeholders in achieving project outcomes, and strive to give them a voice, especially where relationships are uneven.
Our key strengths
Our latest projects
The clients we’re proud to support
We have helped federal and state and territory governments and other organisations in their decision-making.
We enjoy long-term relationships with many of our clients by building trust in how we work and delivering high-quality results.
Let's work together
Combining high level knowledge and experience with flexibility and personal service, HPA delivers outstanding value and results.
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