Associate Professor James Gillespie

Associate Professor in Health Policy, Deputy Director, Menzies Centre for Health Policy
Public Health, School of Public Health

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Research interests

James Gillespie is the Deputy Director, Menzies Centre for Health Policy and Associate Professor in Health Policy in the School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia.

His research interests focus on the policy implications of the growing burden of chronic illness. He is a chief investigator on the National Health and Medical Research Council funded Serious and Continuing Illness Policy and Practice Study (SCIPPS), studying the experiences of chronic disease sufferers and policy responses in western Sydney and the ACT and the Care Navigation study, using an RCT and qualitative methods to evaluate new models of chronic care management between hospital and community. He is a chief investigator on other major projects focusing on the relationship between public health research and policy innovation, including a comparative study of research policy in Australia, the United Kingdom, Spain and Mexico. He is also involved in survey research, both within SCIPPS and the biannual Menzies Centre for Health Policy/Nous Group Survey on Attitudes to the Australian Health System (2008, 2010, 2012). He is the author of The Price of Health: Australian Governments and Medical Politics, Cambridge University Press, 1991 and 2002. Jim's work on the history of international health has focused on relations between institutions, national and international politics. He has published on the development of international agencies and health programs.

Teaching and supervision

Jim is director of the Master of Health Policy, taught in the School of Public Health in conjunction with the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, and co-convenes a core unit covering health policy and decision making within the Master of Public Health. His postgraduate supervision has focused on problems around the translation of public health evidence into workable policies.

Selected grants

2014

  • IWSPIR (Inner West Sydney Partners in Recovery) Research; Gillespie J, Smith-Merry J, Hancock N; New Horizons Enterprises Ltd/Research Support.

2011

  • The effect of a coordinated care intervention, Care Navigation, on the readmission rate of chronically ill patients at Nepean Hospital.; Leeder S, Gillespie J, Usherwood T, Boyages S; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2010

  • RES: DESCRIPTIVE ANALYSIS OF THE CALVARY HEALTH CARE BETHLEHEM SPECIALIST PALLIATIVE CARE MODEL (Little Company of Mary Health Care); Gillespie J, Kmet W; Calvary Health Care Bethlehem Limited/Research Support.
  • Preventing Poor Outcomes for People with Chronic Illness: Improving management - and self management - of chronic disease through evidence-informed policy that integrates care in acute and community settings.; Leeder S, Gillespie J, Usherwood T, Beaton A; Ian Potter Foundation/Research Grants.

2009

  • Improving Health Literacy in Seniors with Chronic Illness; Gillespie J, Aspin C, Leeder S; National Seniors/Research Grants.
  • What characterises influential population orientated public health policy research in Australia?; Chapman S, Redman S, Leeder S, Hall W, Gillespie J; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2006

  • Optimising prevention and the management of care for Australians with, or at risk of, serious and continuing chronic illness; Leeder S, Colagiuri R, Gillespie J, Glasgow N, Jan S, Whitworth J; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Strategic Awards: Capacity Building Grants for Health Services Research.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Boxall, A., Gillespie, J. (2013). Making Medicare: The Politics of Universal Health Care in Australia. Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.

Book Chapters

  • Gillespie, J. (2008). Europe, America, and the Space of International Health. In Gross Solomon S; Murard L; Zylberman P (Eds.), Shifting Boundaries of Public Health:Europe in the Twentieth Century, (pp. 114-137). United States: University of Rochester Press.

Journals

  • Schemann, K., Gillespie, J., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2014). Controlling Equine Influenza: Policy Networks and Decision-Making During the 2007 Australian Equine Influenza Outbreak. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases (Online). [More Information]
  • Gardner, K., Yen, L., Banfield, M., Gillespie, J., McRae, I., Wells, R. (2013). From coordinated care trials to medicare locals: What difference does changing the policy driver from efficiency to quality make for coordinating care? International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 25(1), 50-57. [More Information]
  • Yen, L., McRae, I., Jowsey, T., Gillespie, J., Dugdale, P., Banfield, M., Matthews, P., Kljakovic, M. (2013). Health work by older people with chronic illness: How much time does it take? Chronic Illness, 9(4), 268-282. [More Information]
  • Plant, N., Mallitt, K., Kelly, P., Usherwood, T., Gillespie, J., Boyages, S., Jan, S., McNab, J., Essue, B., Gradidge, K., Aspin, C., Leeder, S., et al (2013). Implementation and effectiveness of 'care navigation', coordinated management for people with complex chronic illness: rationale and methods of a randomised controlled. BMC Health Services Research, 13(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Zheluk, A., Quinn, C., Hercz, D., Gillespie, J. (2013). Internet Search Patterns of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and the Digital Divide in the Russian Federation: Infoveillance Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 15(11), 1-25. [More Information]
  • Capon, A., Smith, W., Gillespie, J. (2013). Navigating public health chemicals policy in Australia: a policy maker's and practitioner's guide. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 23(11-12), 217-227. [More Information]
  • Hall, J., Gillespie, J., Rosewell, A., Mapira, P. (2013). The Papua New Guinea cholera outbreak: implications for PNG, Australia and the Torres Strait. Medical Journal of Australia, 199(9), 576-577. [More Information]
  • Jowsey, T., McRae, I., Gillespie, J., Banfield, M., Yen, L. (2013). Time to care? Health of informal older carers and time spent on health related activities: an Australian survey. BMC Public Health, 13(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Jowsey, T., McRae, I., Valderas, J., Dugdale, P., Phillips, R., Bunton, R., Gillespie, J., Banfield, M., Jones, L., Kljakovic, M., et al (2013). Time's Up. Descriptive Epidemiology of Multi-Morbidity and Time Spent on Health Related Activity by Older Australians: A Time Use Survey. PLoS One, 8(4), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Banfield, M., Gardner, K., McRae, I., Gillespie, J., Wells, R., Yen, L. (2013). Unlocking information for coordination of care in Australia: a qualitative study of information continuity in four primary health care models. BMC Family Practice, 14, 1-11. [More Information]
  • Flitcroft, K., Irwig, L., Carter, S., Salkeld, G., Gillespie, J. (2012). Colorectal cancer screening: Why immunochemical fecal occult blood tests may be the best option. BMC Gastroenterology, 12(December), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Banfield, M., Gardner, K., Yen, L., McRae, I., Gillespie, J., Wells, R. (2012). Coordination of care in Australian mental health policy. Australian Health Review, 36(2), 153-157. [More Information]
  • Haynes, A., Derrick, G., Redman, S., Hall, W., Gillespie, J., Chapman, S., Sturk, H. (2012). Identifying trustworthy experts: how do policymakers find and assess public health researchers worth consulting or collaborating with? PLoS One, 7(3), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Zheluk, A., Gillespie, J., Quinn, C. (2012). Searching for Truth: Internet Search Patterns as a Method of Investigating Online Responses to a Russian Illicit Drug Policy Debate. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 14(6), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Haynes, A., Derrick, G., Chapman, S., Redman, S., Hall, W., Gillespie, J., Sturk, H. (2011). From "our world" to the "real world": Exploring the views and behaviour of policy-influential Australian public health researchers. Social Science and Medicine, 72(7), 1047-1055. [More Information]
  • Haynes, A., Gillespie, J., Derrick, G., Hall, W., Redman, S., Chapman, S., Sturk, H. (2011). Galvanisers, Guides, Champions and Shields: The Many Ways that Policymakers Use Public Health Researchers. The Milbank Quarterly, 89(4), 564-598. [More Information]
  • Flitcroft, K., Gillespie, J., Salkeld, G., Carter, S., Trevena, L. (2011). Getting Evidence into Policy: The Need for Deliberative Strategies? Social Science and Medicine, 72, 1039-1046. [More Information]
  • Yen, L., Gillespie, J., Jeon, Y., Kljakovic, M., Brien, J., Jan, S., Lehnbom, E., Pearce-Brown, C., Usherwood, T. (2011). Health professionals, patients and chronic illness policy: a qualitative study. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, 14(1), 10-20. [More Information]
  • McRae, I., Yen, L., Gillespie, J., Douglas, K. (2011). Patient affiliation with GPs in Australia-Who is and who is not and does it matter? Health Policy, 103(1), 16-23. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2011). Rudd’s recipe for rude health. Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 5(1), 18-20.
  • Flitcroft, K., Gillespie, J., Carter, S., Trevena, L., Salkeld, G. (2011). When good evidence is not enough: the role of context in bowel cancer screening policy in New Zealand. Evidence and Policy: a journal of research, debate and practice, 7(3), 307-326. [More Information]
  • Jowsey, T., Gillespie, J., Aspin, C. (2010). Effective communication is crucial to self-management: the experiences of immigrants to Australia living with diabetes. Chronic Illness, , 1-14. [More Information]
  • Flitcroft, K., Salkeld, G., Gillespie, J., Trevena, L., Irwig, L. (2010). Fifteen years of bowel cancer screening policy in Australia: putting evidence into practice? Medical Journal of Australia, 193(1), 37-42. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J., Leeder, S., Thow, A. (2009). Grasping the initiative in health policy research and reform. Medical Journal of Australia, 191(10), 528-529. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Leeder, S. (2007). A pathway to a stronger research culture in health policy. Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 4, 1-7. [More Information]
  • Armstrong, B., Gillespie, J., Leeder, S., Rubin, G., Russell, L. (2007). Challenges in health and health care for Australia. Medical Journal of Australia, 187(9), 485-489. [More Information]
  • Yen, L., Wells, R., Gillespie, J., Leeder, S. (2007). The search for better financing of health care, including that for people with chronic illness. Medical Journal of Australia, 186(9), 438-439. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Derrick, G., Gillespie, J. (2013). "A number you just can't get away from": Characteristics of Adoption and the Social Construction of Metric Use by Researchers. 18th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators, Berlin, Germany: Institut für Forschungsinformation und Qualitätssicherung.
  • Schemann, K., Gillespie, J., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2012). Using mixed methods to delineate the policy network and evaluate policy decision-making in response to the 2007 Australian equine influenza outbreak. 13th International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Gillespie, J., Yen, L., Jeon, Y., Wells, R. (2008). The Diffusion of Health Service Innovations to Manage Chronic Illness: Comparing Two Australian Urban Regions. Population Health Congress 2008, Australia: Australian Health Promotion Association.

2014

  • Schemann, K., Gillespie, J., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2014). Controlling Equine Influenza: Policy Networks and Decision-Making During the 2007 Australian Equine Influenza Outbreak. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases (Online). [More Information]

2013

  • Derrick, G., Gillespie, J. (2013). "A number you just can't get away from": Characteristics of Adoption and the Social Construction of Metric Use by Researchers. 18th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators, Berlin, Germany: Institut für Forschungsinformation und Qualitätssicherung.
  • Gardner, K., Yen, L., Banfield, M., Gillespie, J., McRae, I., Wells, R. (2013). From coordinated care trials to medicare locals: What difference does changing the policy driver from efficiency to quality make for coordinating care? International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 25(1), 50-57. [More Information]
  • Yen, L., McRae, I., Jowsey, T., Gillespie, J., Dugdale, P., Banfield, M., Matthews, P., Kljakovic, M. (2013). Health work by older people with chronic illness: How much time does it take? Chronic Illness, 9(4), 268-282. [More Information]
  • Plant, N., Mallitt, K., Kelly, P., Usherwood, T., Gillespie, J., Boyages, S., Jan, S., McNab, J., Essue, B., Gradidge, K., Aspin, C., Leeder, S., et al (2013). Implementation and effectiveness of 'care navigation', coordinated management for people with complex chronic illness: rationale and methods of a randomised controlled. BMC Health Services Research, 13(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Zheluk, A., Quinn, C., Hercz, D., Gillespie, J. (2013). Internet Search Patterns of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and the Digital Divide in the Russian Federation: Infoveillance Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 15(11), 1-25. [More Information]
  • Boxall, A., Gillespie, J. (2013). Making Medicare: The Politics of Universal Health Care in Australia. Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Capon, A., Smith, W., Gillespie, J. (2013). Navigating public health chemicals policy in Australia: a policy maker's and practitioner's guide. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 23(11-12), 217-227. [More Information]
  • McNab, J., Mallitt, K., Gillespie, J. (2013), Report of the Evaluation of HealthOne Mount Druitt. , , , i-114.
  • Hall, J., Gillespie, J., Rosewell, A., Mapira, P. (2013). The Papua New Guinea cholera outbreak: implications for PNG, Australia and the Torres Strait. Medical Journal of Australia, 199(9), 576-577. [More Information]
  • Jowsey, T., McRae, I., Gillespie, J., Banfield, M., Yen, L. (2013). Time to care? Health of informal older carers and time spent on health related activities: an Australian survey. BMC Public Health, 13(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Jowsey, T., McRae, I., Valderas, J., Dugdale, P., Phillips, R., Bunton, R., Gillespie, J., Banfield, M., Jones, L., Kljakovic, M., et al (2013). Time's Up. Descriptive Epidemiology of Multi-Morbidity and Time Spent on Health Related Activity by Older Australians: A Time Use Survey. PLoS One, 8(4), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Banfield, M., Gardner, K., McRae, I., Gillespie, J., Wells, R., Yen, L. (2013). Unlocking information for coordination of care in Australia: a qualitative study of information continuity in four primary health care models. BMC Family Practice, 14, 1-11. [More Information]

2012

  • Flitcroft, K., Irwig, L., Carter, S., Salkeld, G., Gillespie, J. (2012). Colorectal cancer screening: Why immunochemical fecal occult blood tests may be the best option. BMC Gastroenterology, 12(December), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Banfield, M., Gardner, K., Yen, L., McRae, I., Gillespie, J., Wells, R. (2012). Coordination of care in Australian mental health policy. Australian Health Review, 36(2), 153-157. [More Information]
  • Haynes, A., Derrick, G., Redman, S., Hall, W., Gillespie, J., Chapman, S., Sturk, H. (2012). Identifying trustworthy experts: how do policymakers find and assess public health researchers worth consulting or collaborating with? PLoS One, 7(3), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J., McNab, J. (2012), Improving Health Literacy in Seniors with Chronic Illness. , , , i-18.
  • Zheluk, A., Gillespie, J., Quinn, C. (2012). Searching for Truth: Internet Search Patterns as a Method of Investigating Online Responses to a Russian Illicit Drug Policy Debate. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 14(6), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Schemann, K., Gillespie, J., Toribio, J., Ward, M., Dhand, N. (2012). Using mixed methods to delineate the policy network and evaluate policy decision-making in response to the 2007 Australian equine influenza outbreak. 13th International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.

2011

  • Beaton, A., Essue, B., Hull, C., Gillespie, J. (2011), 'Travelling alongside'patients', carers' and health care professionals' experiences of the Calvary Health Care Bethlehem model of specialist palliative care. , , , i-72.
  • Haynes, A., Derrick, G., Chapman, S., Redman, S., Hall, W., Gillespie, J., Sturk, H. (2011). From "our world" to the "real world": Exploring the views and behaviour of policy-influential Australian public health researchers. Social Science and Medicine, 72(7), 1047-1055. [More Information]
  • Haynes, A., Gillespie, J., Derrick, G., Hall, W., Redman, S., Chapman, S., Sturk, H. (2011). Galvanisers, Guides, Champions and Shields: The Many Ways that Policymakers Use Public Health Researchers. The Milbank Quarterly, 89(4), 564-598. [More Information]
  • Flitcroft, K., Gillespie, J., Salkeld, G., Carter, S., Trevena, L. (2011). Getting Evidence into Policy: The Need for Deliberative Strategies? Social Science and Medicine, 72, 1039-1046. [More Information]
  • Yen, L., Gillespie, J., Jeon, Y., Kljakovic, M., Brien, J., Jan, S., Lehnbom, E., Pearce-Brown, C., Usherwood, T. (2011). Health professionals, patients and chronic illness policy: a qualitative study. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, 14(1), 10-20. [More Information]
  • McRae, I., Yen, L., Gillespie, J., Douglas, K. (2011). Patient affiliation with GPs in Australia-Who is and who is not and does it matter? Health Policy, 103(1), 16-23. [More Information]
  • Gillespie, J. (2011). Rudd’s recipe for rude health. Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 5(1), 18-20.
  • Flitcroft, K., Gillespie, J., Carter, S., Trevena, L., Salkeld, G. (2011). When good evidence is not enough: the role of context in bowel cancer screening policy in New Zealand. Evidence and Policy: a journal of research, debate and practice, 7(3), 307-326. [More Information]

2010

  • Jowsey, T., Gillespie, J., Aspin, C. (2010). Effective communication is crucial to self-management: the experiences of immigrants to Australia living with diabetes. Chronic Illness, , 1-14. [More Information]
  • Flitcroft, K., Salkeld, G., Gillespie, J., Trevena, L., Irwig, L. (2010). Fifteen years of bowel cancer screening policy in Australia: putting evidence into practice? Medical Journal of Australia, 193(1), 37-42. [More Information]

2009

  • Gillespie, J., Leeder, S., Thow, A. (2009). Grasping the initiative in health policy research and reform. Medical Journal of Australia, 191(10), 528-529. [More Information]

2008

  • Gillespie, J. (2008). Europe, America, and the Space of International Health. In Gross Solomon S; Murard L; Zylberman P (Eds.), Shifting Boundaries of Public Health:Europe in the Twentieth Century, (pp. 114-137). United States: University of Rochester Press.
  • Gillespie, J., Yen, L., Jeon, Y., Wells, R. (2008). The Diffusion of Health Service Innovations to Manage Chronic Illness: Comparing Two Australian Urban Regions. Population Health Congress 2008, Australia: Australian Health Promotion Association.

2007

  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Leeder, S. (2007). A pathway to a stronger research culture in health policy. Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 4, 1-7. [More Information]
  • Armstrong, B., Gillespie, J., Leeder, S., Rubin, G., Russell, L. (2007). Challenges in health and health care for Australia. Medical Journal of Australia, 187(9), 485-489. [More Information]
  • Yen, L., Wells, R., Gillespie, J., Leeder, S. (2007). The search for better financing of health care, including that for people with chronic illness. Medical Journal of Australia, 186(9), 438-439. [More Information]

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