Emerging Health Policy Research Conference

Thursday, 27 July 2017
University of Sydney

The Menzies Centre for Health Policy is currently inviting Abstracts for its annual Emerging Health Policy Research Conference, to be held at the University of Sydney on Thursday, 27 July 2017. Abstracts are due Wednesday, 7 June 2017.

The conference will showcase the work in progress of current masters, doctoral and early career research workers, as well as those new to the field of health policy research. We invite research workers from all areas of health policy - including (but not limited to) international health, health systems, history of public health, indigenous health, health economics, health promotion and sociology - to submit an abstract of their presentation.

Participation in the Emerging Health Policy Research Conference provides an opportunity to:

  • discuss health policy responses to current local, national and global health challenges;
  • present in progress health policy research to a wide audience of students, academics and practitioners; and
  • discuss new ideas and identify opportunities for collaboration across disciplinary boundaries

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Keynote Presentation

Adjunct Associate Professor Anne-marie Boxall, Director of Long-Term Health Reform at the Commonwealth Department of Health will deliver the keynote presentation.

Reforming health policy – why researchers need to get in the game

Major health policy reforms are rare. Because there are so many political and institutional barriers to reform, even the most committed and tenacious policy advocates often find it hard to succeed.

In this keynote address, Adjunct Associate Professor Anne-marie Boxall will draw on her experience working across the research and policymaking worlds and remind researchers of the vital role they play ensuring that governments develop, adopt and implement evidence-based policies. She will argue that one of the most important elements of knowledge exchange for health policy researchers is becoming an active participant in the policy-making process. There are many ways of doing this, but they should include:

  • establishing and maintaining relationships with policymakers – bureaucrats and politicians
  • developing not just an understanding of the policymaking world, but a respect for it, and
  • being adaptable enough to engage risk-averse bureaucracies and governments that are fond of ‘announcables’.
Adjunct Associate Professor Anne-marie Boxall

Adjunct Associate Professor Anne-marie Boxall is the Director of Long-Term Health Reform at the Commonwealth Department of Health. Previously, Anne-marie has worked at the Commonwealth Treasury and National Health Reform Commission, and as a researcher at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library. She started her career as a physiotherapist where she worked in the public and private hospital systems, and in post-acute care.

Anne-marie is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Wollongong. She has published widely on Australian health policy issues, including a book, with MCHP Deputy Director, Associate Professor James Gillespie, titled 'Making Medicare: the politics of universal health care'.

Conference Prize

A prize will be awarded to the best presentation. The Co-op Bookshop will generously provide a gift voucher to the winner.

Instructions for Abstract Submission
  • Due Date: Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by Wednesday, 7 June 2017 to
  • Abstract Format: All abstracts should be submitted using the EHPR Abstract Template: Abstract Template Do not use any tables, charts, graphs or references in your abstract.
  • Presentation Format: It is anticipated presentations will be allocated 15 minutes, including question time.
  • Acceptance: You will be advised of acceptance or non-acceptance by Friday, 16 June 2017.
  • Registration: All presenters must complete a registration form. A subsidised registration fee of $50 +GST will apply.
  • Publication: All accepted abstracts will be reproduced on the Centre's website