Professor Peter Heywood

Honorary Professor
Public Health, School of Public Health
Menzies Centre for Health Policy


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Biographical details

Peter Heywood is Honorary Professor of International Health at the University of Sydney. With training in epidemiology, policy analysis, economics and nutrition, he has a strong background and experience in health policy and health sector reform in low income countries with particular emphasis on South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Before retiring in 2006 he was a Lead Health Sector Specialist with the World Bank, leading that institution’s dialogue in the health sector and developing and supervising large portfolios of health sector investments in the public and private sectors in India (1998-2004) and Indonesia (2004-2006). The areas of emphasis for these investments included both communicable (tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, malaria, leprosy and avian inflluneza) and non-communicable diseases (cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cataract, nutrition), decentralization in the health sector, education of health professionals, the roles of the public and private sectors, and the changes in demand for health care in the medium term and their implications for government policy.

Before joining the World Bank in 1994 Peter was Lecturer in Nutrition at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, University of Sydney (1974-1977); Deputy Director of the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (1977-1988); and Professor of Nutrition and Director of the Nutrition Program at the University of Queensland (1988-1994).

Peter’s recent research activities include (1) an assessment of the effect of decentralization of the health sector in Indonesia on health service delivery, health sector funding and health outcomes funded by the Ford Foundation; (2) a systematic review of the effect of public and private funding of ambulatory care in low-income countreis on quality of care; and (3) an institutional assessment of the HIV/AIDS control program in Indonesia.

In 2005 Professor Heywood was awarded the Leverhulme Medal of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Selected grants

2008

  • A study of the district health system in a sample of districts in Java; Heywood P; Ford Foundation (USA)/Research Support.
  • Design and preparation of a Pilot Project to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality through demand s; Heywood P; Ford Foundation (USA)/Research Support.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Heywood, P. (2013). Climate change negotiations - legally binding treaty or voluntary agreements: lessons from international action on tuberculosis. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 4(6), 467-477. [More Information]
  • Heywood, P., Turpin, S. (2013). Variations in Soil Carbon Stocks with Texture and Previous Landuse in North-western NSW, Australia. Sustainable Agriculture Research, 2(2), 124-133. [More Information]
  • Berendes, S., Heywood, P., Oliver, S., Garner, P. (2011). Quality of private and public ambulatory health care in low and middle income countries: systematic review of comparative studies. PLoS Medicine, 8(4), e1000433 - 1-e1000433 - 10. [More Information]
  • Heywood, P., Harahap, N., Aryani, S. (2011). Recent changes in human resources for health and health facilities at the district level in Indonesia: evidence from 3 districts in Java. Human Resources for Health, 9(5), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Thow, A., Heywood, P., Schultz, J., Quested, C., Jan, S., Colagiuri, S. (2011). Trade and the Nutrition Transition: Strengthening Policy for Health in the Pacific. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 50(1), 18-42. [More Information]
  • Heywood, P., Harahap, N., Ratminah, M., Elmiati, E. (2010). Current Situation of Midwives in Indonesia: Evidence from 3 Districts in West Java Province. BMC Research Notes, 3(287), 1-5. [More Information]
  • Heywood, P., Choi, Y. (2010). Health system performance at the district level in Indonesia after decentralization. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 10(3), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Thow, A., Heywood, P., Leeder, S., Burns, L. (2010). The global context for public health nutrition taxation. Public Health Nutrition, 14(1), 176-186. [More Information]
  • Titaley, C., Hunter, C., Dibley, M., Heywood, P. (2010). Why do some women still prefer traditional birth attendants and home delivery?: a qualitative study on delivery care services in West Java Province, Indonesia. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 10, 43-1-43-14. [More Information]
  • Titaley, C., Hunter, C., Heywood, P., Dibley, M. (2010). Why don't some women attend antenatal and postnatal care services?: a qualitative study of community members' perspectives in Garut, Sukabumi and Ciamis districts of West Java Province, Indonesia. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 10(61), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Heywood, P., Harahap, N. (2009). Health facilities at the district level in Indonesia. Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 6, 13-13. [More Information]
  • Heywood, P., Harahap, N. (2009). Human resources for health at the district level in Indonesia: the smoke and mirrors of decentralization. Human Resources for Health, 7, 6-6. [More Information]
  • Heywood, P., Harahap, N. (2009). Public funding of health at the district level in Indonesia after decentralization - sources, flows and contradictions. Health Research Policy and Systems, 7, 5-5. [More Information]

2013

  • Heywood, P. (2013). Climate change negotiations - legally binding treaty or voluntary agreements: lessons from international action on tuberculosis. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 4(6), 467-477. [More Information]
  • Heywood, P., Turpin, S. (2013). Variations in Soil Carbon Stocks with Texture and Previous Landuse in North-western NSW, Australia. Sustainable Agriculture Research, 2(2), 124-133. [More Information]

2011

  • Berendes, S., Heywood, P., Oliver, S., Garner, P. (2011). Quality of private and public ambulatory health care in low and middle income countries: systematic review of comparative studies. PLoS Medicine, 8(4), e1000433 - 1-e1000433 - 10. [More Information]
  • Heywood, P., Harahap, N., Aryani, S. (2011). Recent changes in human resources for health and health facilities at the district level in Indonesia: evidence from 3 districts in Java. Human Resources for Health, 9(5), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Thow, A., Heywood, P., Schultz, J., Quested, C., Jan, S., Colagiuri, S. (2011). Trade and the Nutrition Transition: Strengthening Policy for Health in the Pacific. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 50(1), 18-42. [More Information]

2010

  • Heywood, P., Harahap, N., Ratminah, M., Elmiati, E. (2010). Current Situation of Midwives in Indonesia: Evidence from 3 Districts in West Java Province. BMC Research Notes, 3(287), 1-5. [More Information]
  • Heywood, P., Choi, Y. (2010). Health system performance at the district level in Indonesia after decentralization. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 10(3), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Thow, A., Heywood, P., Leeder, S., Burns, L. (2010). The global context for public health nutrition taxation. Public Health Nutrition, 14(1), 176-186. [More Information]
  • Titaley, C., Hunter, C., Dibley, M., Heywood, P. (2010). Why do some women still prefer traditional birth attendants and home delivery?: a qualitative study on delivery care services in West Java Province, Indonesia. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 10, 43-1-43-14. [More Information]
  • Titaley, C., Hunter, C., Heywood, P., Dibley, M. (2010). Why don't some women attend antenatal and postnatal care services?: a qualitative study of community members' perspectives in Garut, Sukabumi and Ciamis districts of West Java Province, Indonesia. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 10(61), 1-12. [More Information]

2009

  • Heywood, P., Harahap, N. (2009). Health facilities at the district level in Indonesia. Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 6, 13-13. [More Information]
  • Heywood, P., Harahap, N. (2009). Human resources for health at the district level in Indonesia: the smoke and mirrors of decentralization. Human Resources for Health, 7, 6-6. [More Information]
  • Heywood, P., Harahap, N. (2009). Public funding of health at the district level in Indonesia after decentralization - sources, flows and contradictions. Health Research Policy and Systems, 7, 5-5. [More Information]

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