Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy & International Affairs


Date: 18th July 2017

Time: 1pm to 3pm (followed by afternoon tea & networking)


The School of Business and Governance and the Sir Walter Murdoch School, together with the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM), invite you to the Health Policy Forum "Sustainable Future for Health" on the 18th of July at Murdoch University (WA).
Despite good performance and results over the last 10 years in quality and safety of care, Western Australia’s health system faces huge challenges: health expenditure is growing at an unsustainable rate, public hospitals cost 20 percent more than the national average, and State debt is increasing.
According to the Sustainable Health Review, the main risk factor are WA’s growing and ageing population, the high cost of chronic diseases, and our low number of GPs per capita compared to other States.
A patient-centered health care system, investments in new technologies, promotion of healthier lifestyles to reduce chronic diseases, and better partnerships across sectors are needed to reduce expenditures and improve health outcomes.
This policy forum will investigate some of these specific reform options, drawing on potential strategies to adapt Australia’s healthcare system for current and future challenges.

• Professor Christobel Saunders, University of Western Australia, "IMPROVING THE VALUE IN CANCER CARE"
• A/P Emmanouil Mentzakis, University of Southampton, UK, “CHRONIC AND RARE DISEASES: TRENDS & CHALLENGES”
• Dr Adeleh Shirangi, Murdoch University, “GEOGRAPHICAL VARIATION AND HEALTH”

Christobel Saunders

Professor Christobel Saunders MB BS, FRCS, FRACS, FAAHMS is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent research-orientated cancer surgeons. She has substantially contributed too many clinical aspects of breast cancer research including clinical trials of new treatments, psychosocial, translational and health services research and is active in several areas of surgical oncology cancer research, with a particular emphasis on breast cancer. She has performed research for >25 years evaluating the efficacy and utility of therapy for early breast cancer. In the past five years, Professor Saunders has published 100 peer-reviewed journal articles (including two in The Lancet), six letters to the editor/editorials, two research reports, three book chapters and one book. She was recently awarded a $9m dollar grant to undertake research into value based health care in WA. She sits on boards of a number of cancer organisations including the ANZ Breast Cancer Trials Group and is President of the Breast Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand; and is closely involved in strategic planning and management of cancer services in Western Australia as author of the WA Health Cancer Services Framework and as first A/Director, WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network , and past President of the Cancer Council WA; and nationally as past Advisory Council member of organisations such as Cancer Australia.

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Emmanouil (Manos) Mentzakis is an Associate Professor at Economics Department at the University of Southampton and has previously help posts at the University of East Anglia and McMaster University. He is an associate member of the McMaster Experimental Economics Laboratory (McEEL) and was in the past core investigator at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), Cambridge. He obtained his PhD in 2009 from the University of Aberdeen. Dr Mentzakis is an applied economist with interest in health, applied econometrics, stated preferences and experimental methods. Using both secondary and experimental data his research interests revolve around topics on health, health behaviours, well-being, equity, policy evaluation and priority setting.

Ana Rita Sequeira
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Ana Rita Sequeira is a lecturer and researcher at Murdoch University, graduated from the University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal (ISCTE-IUL), with research interests on Global Health and Public Health; health promotion and health policy; critical and interpretative approaches; development studies and how to translate research into practice, bringing together both community perspectives and policy towards health and social development. Besides her post- and under- graduate teaching and research collaborations, Ana’s professional experience also encompassed program management in humanitarian organisations in Mozambique, and applied research to inform public policy in Australia, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and East-Timor.

Adeleh Shirangi

Dr. Adeleh Shirangi is a public health scientist and an epidemiologist with skills and expertise in biostatistics, geographic variation in health & spatial epidemiology, occupational and adeleh.jpgenvironmental health, child and maternal health, and environmental justice & health policy issues. She currently holds an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position at Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy & International Affairs, and an honorary research fellow position with Telethon Kids Institute, UWA. Over the last 15 years (2002-2017), Dr. Shirangi has developed strategies for exposure assessment of chemical and physical agents in population-based studies and led the development of a new analytical approach and two public health screening programs in Australia including; i) A newly developed analytical approach for assessing historical occupational hazards in relation to pregnancy outcomes, where she provided the level II evidence (STROBE) for first analysis of associations between occupational exposure to anaesthetic gases, pesticide, radiation and adverse pregnancy outcomes (preterm birth, spontaneous abortion and birth defects) in female veterinarians; ii) a newly developed Australian Job Exposure Matrix (a major creative work) to assess chemical and physical hazards in relation to foetal growth and human reproduction; and iii) a development of self-taught Harvard Medical School screening method “Kulldorff’s spatial Scan statistic” to detect geographical areas with apparently increased disease incidence or mortality rate.

Outstanding students’ project presentation:
• Susannah Nichols “Food Advertising Regulation”
• Ruth Leather “Mandatory annual screening of Diabetic Retinopathy in general practice to improve health outcomes”
• Tay Alers “Organ Donation Policy”

• Ian Carter, CEO, Anglicare
• A/P Francesco Paolucci, Murdoch University
• Martin Whitley, Policy and Research Manager, Health Consumers’ Council
• Learne Durrington, WAPHA Chief Executive Officer

• Prof Benjamin Reilly, Dean, Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
• Prof Dom Gasbarro, Deputy Dean of School of Business and Governance

Please note photos will be taken for media purposes. If you do not consent, please advise the organiser.