Dip (Social Studies), B.A. (University of Adelaide), M.A. (University of North Carolina), PhD (La Trobe University, Melbourne)
Judith Healy 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 RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance 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 and 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. Judith has also worked as a consultant for the World Health Organisation Geneva, the Western Pacific Office of the World Health Organisation, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) the World Bank, the British Council, and the Ford Foundation.
In 2011 Judith published Improving Health Care Safety and Quality by Ashgate Publishing, which draws on her experience of analysing the health care systems of over a dozen countries and examines whether greater regulation has increased patient safety and health care quality. The book adopts a new approach to mapping developments in health care systems in Europe, North America and Australia and pieces together evidence of which regulatory strategies and mechanisms work well to ensure safer patient care. It identifies the regulatory bodies, the regulatory principles and the implementation strategies adopted to improve governance in health care systems and suggests a conceptual framework for responsive regulation.