Health services research is concerned with finding means of making the health system both more effective in terms of delivery quality health outcomes and more efficient in terms of improving the cost and accessibility of health care. As more people world-wide seek access to health care systems to manage chronic and acute disease conditions there is enormous pressure on the health care system to find efficiencies. In many cases this involves improving the physical and conceptual design of health care facilities and processes, embracing the opportunities provided by new technologies, and finding new and safe means of minimising the time patients need to spend in high-cost hospital care. UQ research is particularly concerned with the development and then objective assessment of the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of alternative systems and approaches to care, both in the medical and allied health professions. This work involves discipline specialists, interdisciplinary teams, IT specialists and health economists.