Associate Professor James Gillespie

Associate Professor in Health Policy
Deputy Director
Menzies Centre for Health Policy

Public Health, School of Public Health

A27 - Edward Ford Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

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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 areas

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.

Current national competitive grants*


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 Project Grant ($702,630 over 4 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney