Dr Judith Healy



Diploma of Social Studies, BA, Master of Social Work, PhD


Dr Judith Healy is a Senior Research Fellow at the Regulatory Institutions Network.

Judith has a degree in Arts from Adelaide University, a masters degree in social work from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, USA, and a PhD in health sciences from La Trobe University in Melbourne. She has worked on social and health policy areas in Australia, the United States and Europe, and joined the Regulatory Institutions Network in September 2004.

Her varied experience apart from academia includes community work with Aboriginal communities in Australia, hospital social work, and road accident research. She taught social policy and administration at the Flinders University of South Australia, conducted health and social services research at Policy Studies Institute in London, and researched health systems and policies for the European Observatory on Health Care Systems and Policies, based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, employed by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe.

Upon returning to Australia she directed an Australian National University AusAID-funded program, in collaboration with Mahidol University in Thailand, running training courses for senior public servants in SE Asia. She has also worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization Geneva, the Western Pacific Office of the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization (ILO) the World Bank, the British Council, and the Ford Foundation.


Research interests

Judith's current research focuses upon the regulation in the Australian health care system, particularly governance strategies to improve the safety and quality of health care for patients. Other research areas are the comparative analysis of health care systems, and policies for ageing populations.


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