About Drivers of health policy and policy translation


Health Systems research theme group, School of Public Health, The University of Queensland

The Global Perspective
Owain Williams 

This presentation will address two projects. The first concerns the political economy of denialism in global health, or specifically the rejection of science and evidence with regard to HIV, tobacco and harmful human nutrition. The second strand concerns the relationships between trade and health, especially in the light of the TPP.

Peter Hill and Claire Brolan - Global health policy analysis: how to win friends and fail to influence people 

Since August 2012, the Go4Health project has tracked the development of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and provided policy analysis and direction for the global health community, in particular the European Union. We argued that the SDG health goal should be "Achieve Universal Health Coverage" (it wasn't); that it should be grounded in the right to health (it isn't); and that health needs to engage with other sectors if it wishes to remain central (it won't be). The secrets of our perspicacity will be revealed (or maybe not).

The Particular: Policy in Australia and the Torres Straits
Maxine Whittaker - Place Space and Health Security in Torres Straits Corridor

This presentation will discuss the conceptual model for an NHMRC grant being developed between SPH and the JCU for 2016 submission. Through mapping the relationship between mobility, social networks and health security risks in the Torres Straits corridor we wish to explore the impact of mobility on people and vectors and the risk of infectious diseases and their ability to access diagnosis and treatment in response to those infectious diseases. It aims to map policy coherence at all levels of Australian government, undertake a comprehensive risk analysis and then translate the findings into policy for local preventative and preparedness strategies, as well as develop a larger joint research agenda.

Belén Zapata - Urban form and physical activity outcomes: evidence review and modelling exercise 

In Australia, health benefits of physical activity are not incorporated in urban planning despite the well-known benefits of a more physically active population. However, for this to happen, we need robust evidence for the association of urban form with physical activity outcomes as well as an indication of the economic benefits of changes in physical activity attributable to urban form. In this presentation we will report preliminary findings of an evidence review and economic evaluation for the association of urban form and physical activity conducted for the NSW Department of Health.

The Specific: Mental Health and Mental Health Policy
Lennert Veerman - Populations can be depressed too

The famous epidemiologist Geoffrey Rose had the paradigmatic insight that populations have distributions of blood pressure, BMI, alcohol use etc. which determine the number of people with hypertension, obesity and alcohol abuse. He postulated that similarly, a distribution of mood underlies the prevalence of depression, but could not prove his point for lack of data. I will show that for Europe and Australia, he was right.

Sandra Diminic - The treatment quality gap in mental health 

As part of the Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health Systems Improvement we are analysing data on current service provision for mental disorders. Specifically, this work examines how the interventions received by people with key mental disorders such as schizophrenia and major depressive disorder align with recommendations from clinical practice guidelines and explores opportunities to improve the quality of care.

Ides Wong - Incorporating nurse practitioners into prisons to improve prisoners’ mental health physical health

This study examines how incorporating two prison-based nurse practitioner models of care (a primary health nurse practitioner model and a mental health nurse practitioner model) can improve the health of prisoners, and future evaluation work planned for these models of care.


Room 015, Public Health Building, Herston