Public Seminar: How do health systems compare?

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Date & time

12.30–1.30pm 23 March 2016


Bob Douglas Lecture Theatre, Building 62, Research School of Population Health


Judith Healy, School of Regulation and Global Governance, ANU


 Janice Lee
 +61 2 6125 6037

Join us for this public seminar on the comparisons of health systems and policies in the Asia Pacific led by Dr Judith Healy.


Health policy makers often ask how does my country compare to others on measures of health systems and population health outcomes? We care about the reputation of our country but more importantly a comparative perspective offers an opportunity to learn from other countries. This is because while health systems face broadly similar problems (eg. constrained funds, shortages of nurses, sub-standard services) their responses may be very different - and so different solutions in one country may suggest better ways to do things for another country. Comparative health systems research now is a rapidly expanding field that encompasses multiple approaches and methods. This presentation examines different ways of comparing and analysing health systems, institutions, health policies and programs, drawing in part on the work of the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. 

About the speaker

Judith Healy is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the School of Regulation and Global Governance in the College of Asia and Pacific at the Australian National University. She conducts research on health sector governance and health systems around the world, including for the World Health Organization, the Commonwealth Fund New York and Rand Europe. She previously worked for the European Office of the World Health Organization and for universities in Australia, the United Kingdom and United States. She is a board member of the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, which produces reports on health systems and policy issues in this region. 

She has published widely on social and health policies. Her books include Healy Welfare Options (Allen & Unwin 1998); Healy et al Coming up for care (Policy Studies Institute London 1999);  McKee & Healy eds. Hospitals in a Changing Europe (Open University Press 2002);  McKee, Healy & Falkingham eds. Health care in central Asia (Open University Press 2002); Healy & McKee eds. Accessing Health Care: Responding to Diversity (Oxford University Press 2004); Healy & Dugdale eds. Patient Safety First: Responsive Regulation in Health Care (Allen & Unwin 2009); and Healy Improving Health Care Safety and Quality: Reluctant Regulators (Ashgate 2011).


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