Menzies Centre for Health Policy

Menzies Centre for Health Policy

The Menzies Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) is the leading independent scholarly voice on health policy in Australia. It brings together scholars and practitioners with broad expertise in health policy, economics and health services research to produce high-quality analyses of current health policy issues, deliver annual public seminars, education programs and undertake comprehensive research projects. MCHP’s research program addresses five themes that include policies for health futures, value in health care, serious and continuing illness, equity and governance.

Congratulations to all presenters at the Emerging Health Policy Research Conference 2017

28 July: A very big thank you to all presenters and participants who helped make our 2017 conference such a success. The day commenced with a very insightful and stimulating keynote address given by Associate Professor Anne-Marie Boxall. Reforming health policy - why researchers need to get in the game.

There were many comments about the high standard of presentations this year, and we were thrilled to welcome a large number of presenters who had travelled from overseas and interstate. There have been positive comments about the format that helped encourage some great discussions. We welcome your , positive or negative about how the day went for you. Congratulations to Claire Pearce whose presentation How do health services view their role in the prevention of obesity? was awarded the $100 voucher, generously donated by The Co-op, for Best Conference Presentation 2017.

We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces alike at next year's event, it is one of the highlights of our year!

Grant success in the Inaugural Sydney Policy Lab’s 2017 Collaborative Project Grants

Patrick Harris

July 2017: Congratulations to Dr Patrick Harris (MCHP) and investigators Professor Phil McManus (Geosciences), Associate Professor Christine Ji (Arts and Social Sciences), Professor Angus Dawson (Sydney Health Ethics) and Honorary Associate Professor Ruth Colagiuri (MCHP) on their success in the augural round of the Policy Lab’s Collaborative grants, for their project 'Environmental Assessments of Mining Projects in New South Wales: A cross-disciplinary policy opportunity for improving health and wellbeing'.

Mining has been a mainstay of the Australian economy but remains a contested public policy space often due to health related concerns. Environmental assessments (EAs) are regulated opportunities for the public, industry, and regulators to understand, and have dialogue about, environmental and social, including health, concerns. This includes changes to local employment and infrastructure, exposure to environmental pollution and community disruption. Whether EAs consider the range of potential health impacts to inform project approval decisions is unclear, as are the policy and institutional solutions to this inclusion.

This research brings together experts across the university from health, geography, and linguistics, and external partners with interest and expertise to investigate how health is considered in three case studies of mining EAs in New South Wales and wider policy mechanisms influencing this.