Health policy

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Our health policy team has a strong focus on chronic disease prevention and systemic improvements for Australia’s health system.

Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular health, dementia and diabetes have major long-term impacts on individuals, their families and their communities. The growing burden of chronic disease in Australia threatens to overwhelm the health budget, the capacity of health services and the health workforce. More than one-third of that burden is preventable or can be reduced through effective, evidence-based changes to policy.

Our work is guided by preventive health principles developed by the Australian Health Policy Collaboration, and endorsed by more than 50 of Australia’s leading health organisations.

Health policy team

Professor Maximilian de Courten 
Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Research Fellow (VCDRF), Institute for Health & Sport 
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Professor Rosemary Calder AM 
Professor of Health Policy, Institute for Health & Sport 
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Stella McNamara 
Senior Policy Associate, Institute for Health & Sport 
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Tyler Nichols 
Policy Analyst and Project Coordinator, Institute for Health & Sport 
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Wania Usmani 
Research Assistant, Institute for Health & Sport 
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