MCHP workshop: Why do health initiatives succeed or fail in attracting political priority?

Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 18 November 2015


Seminar Room, Research School for Population Health Building, 62 Mills Rd
ANU Canberra


Phillip Baker


Laura Ford
+61 (0)2 6125 7840

Why do some health initiatives attract significant political priority (attention and resources) whereas others receive very little, or none at all? This workshop will engage with theory as well as empirical research to answer this question.

Although material factors (e.g. associated health burden) matter, others such as the mobilization of expert and civil society networks, supportive government institutions, public framing of the issue by advocates and opponents, and the characteristics of an issue are important determinants of political priority (and neglect).

Phillip Baker will introduce the topic of political priority and agenda-setting in health policy, offering several theoretical insights. He will then present his research on political priority for obesity prevention and related nutrition issues in Australia.

Phillip is a Research Fellow at the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet), Australian National University. His PhD research explored the rise and fall of the obesity issue on to the agendas of the World Health Organization and the Australian Government.

He recently began a five-year programme of work within the Centre for Research Excellence on Health Equity, funded by the National Health & Medical Research Council, examining political priority for health equity in Australia. Previously he worked as an associate lecturer at the Crawford School of Public Policy on the course Health Policy in a Globalising World.

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