Nossal Institute takes the stage at Hong Kong health conference

January 12 / 78

The Nossal Institute has presented findings of health systems research at the Health System Reform in Asia conference in Hong Kong.

The conference, run in association with the world’s most cited social science journal, Social Science and Medicine, focused on the health system reforms Asian countries have adopted or are considering adapting during rapid economic, social, demographic and epidemiologic change.

Held in Hong Kong, the meeting was attended by a delegation of Nossal staff and regional research collaborators. The Nossal team chaired and presented at two well-received symposiums at the conference. The first was a seminar on mixed health systems covering different supply and demand issues in PNG, Mongolia, Cambodia and Laos. The second was a joint session that reflected the Nossal’s work in the area of non-state providers and regulation, especially in Indonesia and Vietnam, and included presentations from India.

Peter Annear, Academic Head and Senior Research Fellow at the Nossal Institute, said the conference was “a good opportunity to present the output of recent research work by the Nossal Institute and to increase the profile of the institute internationally.

“It turned out to be an excellent representation on a global stage for both the Nossal Institute and Melbourne University,” he said.

Judith Ascroft, Chief Operating Officer at the Nossal Institute, said the conference provided an excellent opportunity to discuss a range of complex issues likely to affect rapidly changing health systems in the region.

“These include the challenges of managing mixed health systems, issues of regulation and, importantly, addressing equity,” she said.

“Country case studies were particularly valuable in understanding context and in describing the different ways in which governments and other civil society actors respond to health system challenges.”

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