Professor Andrew Wilson

Professor and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy
Menzies Centre for Health Policy, School of Public Health

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Biographical details

Professor Andrew Wilson is Co-Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney and Director of the NHMRC Partnership Centre on systems perspectives on prevention of lifestyle-related chronic disease.

He has specialist professional qualifications in clinical medicine and public health, and a PhD in epidemiology. His research interests concern the application of epidemiology to informing decision making in clinical medicine, public health, and health system policy and planning. His major area of focus is the prevention and control of chronic disease especially cardiovascular disease..

His research experience includes cohort studies (eg Determinants of thrombotic risk factors for cardiovascular disease in the elderly; Genotype, clotting factors and risk of re-infarction; sub-studies within the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health; Environments for Health Living study), case-control studies (eg, eosinophilic enteritis and dog hookworm, risk factors for campylobacter gastroenteritis), large scale randomized controlled trials (eg consultant pharmacist intervention to improve medication use in long stay institutions), development and evaluation of community interventions (Greek Australian Heart Study, Healthy Hearts West, Queensland Chronic Disease Strategy), community surveys using both face-to-face, mail and CATI techniques (eg Western Sydney Risk Factor Prevalence Surveys, Quality of Care in Diabetes Study), and qualitative research (eg Family Wellbeing program evaluation; Development of a health consumer effectiveness tool; participant observation study of medical student-patient interactions). Experience also includes the development and assessment of economic evaluations of health care interventions.

His past appointments in government include Chief Health Officer and Deputy Director General Public Health, NSW Health (1997-2001) and Deputy Director General Policy, Strategy and Resourcing, Queensland Health (2006-2010).

His past academic appointments include Executive Dean, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology; Professor of Public Health, and Deputy Head of the School of Population Health, and Deputy Dean and Director of Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Queensland.

Andrew is Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, and chairs the Protocol Advisory Sub-Committee of the Medical Services Advisory Committee. He is a Board member of Water NSW and of the joint Board of the NSW Clinical Excellance Commission and the Agency for Clinical Innovation.

Research interests

Health policy, public health, chronic disease epidemiology and prevention, health care organisation and reform, preventive health, health workforce

Teaching and supervision

Health Policy

Health Planning

Applied Epidemiology

Public Health

Current research students

Project title Research student
Gatekeeping and General Practice in the Australian Health System Susan Elizabeth CLARKE
Policy action on health equity: Housing First as a case study using a systems approach to policy analysis. Michael Brendan CLIFFORD
The role of non-admitted services in the prevention of overweight and obesity: a systems approach to the translation of evidence into practice. Claire Noel PEARCE

Selected grants

2015

  • Low value medical services and prescribing practices in cancer care: towards a comprehensive framework for quantifying waste in Australia and beyond; Elshaug A, Pearson S, Wilson A, Salkeld G, Buckley N; DVC Research/SPARC Implementation - Cancer.
  • Can One Health strategies be more effectively implemented through prior identification of public values; Degeling C, Gilbert G, Wilson A, Kerridge I, Ward M, Stewart C; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2013

  • The Partnership Centre on Systems Perspectives on Preventing Lifestyle-Related Chronic Health Problems; Wilson A, Redman S, Jan S, Hawe P; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Partnership Centres for Better Health.

2010

  • How can citizen juries inform health care policy decisions?; Wilson A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

Selected publications & creative works

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Journals

  • Levula, A., Wilson, A., Harre, M. (2016). The association between social network factors and mental health at different life stages [In Press]. Quality of Life Research. [More Information]
  • Atkinson, J., Page, A., Wells, R., Milat, A., Wilson, A. (2015). A modelling tool for policy analysis to support the design of efficient and effective policy responses for complex public health problems. Implementation Science, 10(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Atkinson, J., Wells, R., Page, A., Dominello, A., Haines, M., Wilson, A. (2015). Applications of system dynamics modelling to support health policy. Public Health Research and Practice, 25(3), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Laba, T., Usherwood, T., Leeder, S., Yusuf, F., Gillespie, J., Perkovic, V., Wilson, A., Jan, S., Essue, B. (2015). Co-payments for health care: what is their real cost? Australian Health Review, 39(1), 33-36. [More Information]
  • Feng, X., Wilson, A. (2015). Do neighbourhood socioeconomic circumstances not matter for weight status among Australian men? Multilevel evidence from a household survey of 14 691 adults. BMJ Open, 5(9), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Feng, X., Wilson, A. (2015). Getting Bigger, Quicker? Gendered Socioeconomic Trajectories in Body Mass Index across the Adult Lifecourse: A Longitudinal Study of 21,403 Australians. PloS One, 10(10), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Johnson, J., Kerridge, I., Wilson, A., Ward, M., Stewart, C., Gilbert, G. (2015). Implementing a One Health approach to emerging infectious disease: reflections on the socio-political, ethical and legal dimensions. BMC Public Health, 15(1307), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Harris, P., Friel, S., Wilson, A. (2015). Including health in systems responsible for urban planning': a realist policy analysis research programme. BMJ Open, 5(7), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Nguyen, T., Wilson, A., McDonald, F. (2015). Motivation or demotivation of health workers providing maternal health services in rural areas in Vietnam: Findings from a mixed-methods study. Human Resources for Health, 13(1), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Whitty, J., Ratcliffe, J., Kendall, E., Burton, P., Wilson, A., Littlejohns, P., Harris, P., Krinks, R., Scuffham, P. (2015). Prioritising patients for bariatric surgery: building public preferences from a discrete choice experiment into public policy. BMJ Open, 5(10), e008919-e008919. [More Information]
  • Harris, P., Whitty, J., Kendall, E., Ratcliffe, J., Wilson, A., Littlejohns, P., Scuffham, P. (2015). The Australian public's preferences for emergency care alternatives and the influence of the presenting context: a discrete choice experiment. BMJ Open, 5(4), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Wilson, A. (2014). Budget cuts risk halting Australia's progress in preventing chronic disease. Medical Journal of Australia, 200(10), 558-559. [More Information]
  • Mallan, K., Daniels, L., Nothard, M., Nicholson, J., Wilson, A., Cameron, C., Scuffham, P., Thorpe, K. (2014). Dads at the dinner table. A cross-sectional study of Australian fathers' child feeding perceptions and practices. Appetite, 73, 40-44. [More Information]
  • Scuffham, P., Ratcliffe, J., Kendall, E., Burton, P., Wilson, A., Chalkidou, K., Littlejohns, P., Whitty, J. (2014). Engaging the public in healthcare decision-making: quantifying preferences for healthcare through citizens' juries. BMJ Open, 4(5). [More Information]
  • Whitty, J., Burton, P., Kendall, E., Ratcliffe, J., Wilson, A., Littlejohns, P., Scuffham, P. (2014). Harnessing the potential to quantify public preferences for healthcare priorities through citizens' juries. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 3(2), 57-62. [More Information]
  • Perkovic, V., Turnbull, F., Wilson, A. (2014). Is it time for Medi-change? Medical Journal of Australia, 200(10), 566-567. [More Information]
  • Burton, P., Whitty, J., Kendall, E., Ratcliffe, J., Wilson, A., Littlejohns, P., Scuffham, P. (2014). Public participation: methods matter; a response to Boaz et al. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 3(6), 355-355. [More Information]
  • Mallan, K., Nothard, M., Thorpe, K., Nicholson, J., Wilson, A., Scuffham, P., Daniels, L. (2014). The role of fathers in child feeding: perceived responsibility and predictors of participation. Child: Care, Health and Development, 40(5), 715-722. [More Information]
  • Cameron, C., Davey, T., Kendall, E., Wilson, A., McClure, R. (2013). Changes in alcohol consumption in pregnant Australian women between 2007 and 2011. Medical Journal of Australia, 199(5), 355-357. [More Information]
  • Wilson, A., Elshaug, A. (2013). Improving value in health care through practical steps. Australian Family Physician, 42(12), 839-839. [More Information]
  • Wilson, A., Tabrizi, J., Gholipour, K., Farahbakhsh, M. (2013). Technical Quality of Maternity Care: the Pregnant Women's Perspective. Health Promotion Perspectives, 3(1), 23-30. [More Information]
  • Lakhan, P., Jones, M., Wilson, A., Gray, L. (2013). The Higher Care At Discharge Index (HCDI): Identifying older patients at risk of requiring a higher level of care at discharge. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 57(2), 184-191. [More Information]
  • Cameron, C., Scuffham, P., Spinks, A., Scott, R., Sipe, N., Ng, S., Wilson, A., Searle, J., Lyons, R., Kendall, E., et al (2012). Environments for Healthy Living (EFHL) Griffith birth cohort study: background and methods. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 16(9), 1896-1905. [More Information]
  • Cameron, C., Scuffham, P., Shibl, R., Ng, S., Scott, R., Spinks, A., Mihala, G., Wilson, A., Kendall, E., Sipe, N., et al (2012). Environments for Healthy Living (EFHL) Griffith birth cohort study: characteristics of sample and profile of antenatal exposures. BMC Public Health, 12, 1080-1080. [More Information]

Research Reports

  • Gillespie, J., Huckel Schneider, C., Wilson, A., Elshaug, A. (2015). Evidence Check: Implementing system-wide risk stratification approaches, July 2015, (pp. 6 - 54). Sydney, Australia: The Sax Institute.

2016

  • Levula, A., Wilson, A., Harre, M. (2016). The association between social network factors and mental health at different life stages [In Press]. Quality of Life Research. [More Information]

2015

  • Atkinson, J., Page, A., Wells, R., Milat, A., Wilson, A. (2015). A modelling tool for policy analysis to support the design of efficient and effective policy responses for complex public health problems. Implementation Science, 10(1), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Atkinson, J., Wells, R., Page, A., Dominello, A., Haines, M., Wilson, A. (2015). Applications of system dynamics modelling to support health policy. Public Health Research and Practice, 25(3), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Laba, T., Usherwood, T., Leeder, S., Yusuf, F., Gillespie, J., Perkovic, V., Wilson, A., Jan, S., Essue, B. (2015). Co-payments for health care: what is their real cost? Australian Health Review, 39(1), 33-36. [More Information]
  • Feng, X., Wilson, A. (2015). Do neighbourhood socioeconomic circumstances not matter for weight status among Australian men? Multilevel evidence from a household survey of 14 691 adults. BMJ Open, 5(9), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J., Huckel Schneider, C., Wilson, A., Elshaug, A. (2015). Evidence Check: Implementing system-wide risk stratification approaches, July 2015, (pp. 6 - 54). Sydney, Australia: The Sax Institute.
  • Feng, X., Wilson, A. (2015). Getting Bigger, Quicker? Gendered Socioeconomic Trajectories in Body Mass Index across the Adult Lifecourse: A Longitudinal Study of 21,403 Australians. PloS One, 10(10), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Degeling, C., Johnson, J., Kerridge, I., Wilson, A., Ward, M., Stewart, C., Gilbert, G. (2015). Implementing a One Health approach to emerging infectious disease: reflections on the socio-political, ethical and legal dimensions. BMC Public Health, 15(1307), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Harris, P., Friel, S., Wilson, A. (2015). Including health in systems responsible for urban planning': a realist policy analysis research programme. BMJ Open, 5(7), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Nguyen, T., Wilson, A., McDonald, F. (2015). Motivation or demotivation of health workers providing maternal health services in rural areas in Vietnam: Findings from a mixed-methods study. Human Resources for Health, 13(1), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Whitty, J., Ratcliffe, J., Kendall, E., Burton, P., Wilson, A., Littlejohns, P., Harris, P., Krinks, R., Scuffham, P. (2015). Prioritising patients for bariatric surgery: building public preferences from a discrete choice experiment into public policy. BMJ Open, 5(10), e008919-e008919. [More Information]
  • Harris, P., Whitty, J., Kendall, E., Ratcliffe, J., Wilson, A., Littlejohns, P., Scuffham, P. (2015). The Australian public's preferences for emergency care alternatives and the influence of the presenting context: a discrete choice experiment. BMJ Open, 5(4), 1-12. [More Information]

2014

  • Wilson, A. (2014). Budget cuts risk halting Australia's progress in preventing chronic disease. Medical Journal of Australia, 200(10), 558-559. [More Information]
  • Mallan, K., Daniels, L., Nothard, M., Nicholson, J., Wilson, A., Cameron, C., Scuffham, P., Thorpe, K. (2014). Dads at the dinner table. A cross-sectional study of Australian fathers' child feeding perceptions and practices. Appetite, 73, 40-44. [More Information]
  • Scuffham, P., Ratcliffe, J., Kendall, E., Burton, P., Wilson, A., Chalkidou, K., Littlejohns, P., Whitty, J. (2014). Engaging the public in healthcare decision-making: quantifying preferences for healthcare through citizens' juries. BMJ Open, 4(5). [More Information]
  • Whitty, J., Burton, P., Kendall, E., Ratcliffe, J., Wilson, A., Littlejohns, P., Scuffham, P. (2014). Harnessing the potential to quantify public preferences for healthcare priorities through citizens' juries. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 3(2), 57-62. [More Information]
  • Perkovic, V., Turnbull, F., Wilson, A. (2014). Is it time for Medi-change? Medical Journal of Australia, 200(10), 566-567. [More Information]
  • Burton, P., Whitty, J., Kendall, E., Ratcliffe, J., Wilson, A., Littlejohns, P., Scuffham, P. (2014). Public participation: methods matter; a response to Boaz et al. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 3(6), 355-355. [More Information]
  • Mallan, K., Nothard, M., Thorpe, K., Nicholson, J., Wilson, A., Scuffham, P., Daniels, L. (2014). The role of fathers in child feeding: perceived responsibility and predictors of participation. Child: Care, Health and Development, 40(5), 715-722. [More Information]

2013

  • Cameron, C., Davey, T., Kendall, E., Wilson, A., McClure, R. (2013). Changes in alcohol consumption in pregnant Australian women between 2007 and 2011. Medical Journal of Australia, 199(5), 355-357. [More Information]
  • Wilson, A., Elshaug, A. (2013). Improving value in health care through practical steps. Australian Family Physician, 42(12), 839-839. [More Information]
  • Wilson, A., Tabrizi, J., Gholipour, K., Farahbakhsh, M. (2013). Technical Quality of Maternity Care: the Pregnant Women's Perspective. Health Promotion Perspectives, 3(1), 23-30. [More Information]
  • Lakhan, P., Jones, M., Wilson, A., Gray, L. (2013). The Higher Care At Discharge Index (HCDI): Identifying older patients at risk of requiring a higher level of care at discharge. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 57(2), 184-191. [More Information]

2012

  • Cameron, C., Scuffham, P., Spinks, A., Scott, R., Sipe, N., Ng, S., Wilson, A., Searle, J., Lyons, R., Kendall, E., et al (2012). Environments for Healthy Living (EFHL) Griffith birth cohort study: background and methods. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 16(9), 1896-1905. [More Information]
  • Cameron, C., Scuffham, P., Shibl, R., Ng, S., Scott, R., Spinks, A., Mihala, G., Wilson, A., Kendall, E., Sipe, N., et al (2012). Environments for Healthy Living (EFHL) Griffith birth cohort study: characteristics of sample and profile of antenatal exposures. BMC Public Health, 12, 1080-1080. [More Information]

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