Menzies Centre for Health Governance

Sharon Friel receives PHAA Mentor of the Year Award

We are delighted to announce that ANU RegNet Professor Sharon Friel has been awarded the Public Health Mentor of the Year Award by the Public Health Association Australia

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Sharon Friel wins prestigious ARC Laureate Fellowship

Professor Sharon Friel from the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) has been awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council (ARC

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Hitting the poor and disadvantaged

Professor Sharon Friel was interviewed by Croakey Health Media on the Australian Labor Party’s support for inequitable tax cuts.

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Australia must support equitable access to vaccines

Dr Belinda Townsend, Deputy Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance and Fellow at RegNet ANU has

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Regulatory governance pathways to improve the efficacy of Australian food policies

Researchers Sharon Friel, Yandisa Ngqangashe and Ashley Schram from the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at the ANU’s School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) recently completed a Me

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The Menzies Centre for Health Governance focuses on complex systems, regulatory governance, and health equity. We seek to understand the dynamic systems of institutions, actors and ideas that shape multisectoral public policy, market practices and products, and the actions of civil groups. Our research spans the political, commercial, environmental, social and cultural determinants of health inequities.

The aim of our work is to provide evidence related to these complex systems, which through proactive engagement with key change markers across society, will help contribute to a fairer, more sustainable and healthier society within Australia, across the Asia Pacific region and globally.

Governance for health equity is necessarily interdisciplinary and requires the use of multiple methods. We are researchers from public health, political science, sociology, systems science, psychology and economics. We use a plurality of methods including evidence synthesis, complex systems modelling, political and social science qualitative techniques, and policy analysis. Given the international and interdisciplinary nature of our research, we believe that collaboration is imperative between researchers, government officials, industry, and non-government organisations. Using extensive national and international academic and policy-related networks, we employ a cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and cross-border approach in our work.

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Our People

The Menzies Centre for Health Governance brings together interdisciplinary researchers, policy makers and civil society groups.


  • Prof Sharon Friel – Centre Director
  • Dr Ashley Schram – Deputy Director
  • Dr Belinda Townsend – Deputy Director
  • Dr Yandisa Ngqangashe
  • Dr Dori Patay
  • Dr Melanie Pescud

PhD Scholars

  • Nicholas Coatsworth
  • Tony Keissler
  • Janice Lee
  • Sora Lee
  • Libby Salmon
  • Tim Vines

Affiliate Researchers and Visiting Fellows

  • Honorary Prof Fran Baum, RegNet
  • Honorary A/Prof Judith Healy, RegNet
  • Dr Liz Bluff, Research Fellow, RegNet

Please see the People tab for more information on our researchers.

Advisory Board

The Menzies Centre for Health Governance Advisory Board represents the diversity of health equity stakeholders including government, researchers and NGOs. It provides strategic advice on the Centre’s research directions and approaches to knowledge dissemination, and facilitates engagement with key policymakers and change agents. The current Advisory Board (2020-2021) is:

  • Mr Terry Slevin, CEO, Public Health Association of Australia
  • Dr Tessa Boyd Caine, CEO Health Justice Australia
  • Ms Jacqueline Phillips, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Australian Council of Social Services
  • Dr Sandro Demaio, CEO, VicHealth
  • Prof Emily Lancsar, Research School of Population Health, ANU
  • Prof Sharon Bessell, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU
  • Prof Mark Howden, Climate Change Institute, ANU


Video and audio podcasts

Systems of inequity – what hope for health post Covid-19

Video 1: Governing for health equity with Professor Sharon Friel

Video 2: Politics, policy and people - shifting the policy agenda with Dr Belinda Townsend

Video 3: Flaws in the machine: COVID-19 and failings of global trade and investment systems with Dr Ashley Schram

Video 4: Embracing complexity - thinking and working in systems with Dr Melanie Pescud

Video 5: Framing the impacts of COVID-19: Securing food regulatory policies for the prevention of non-communicable diseases with Dr Yandisa Ngqangashe



The Menzies Centre for Health Governance brings together RegNet researchers, policy makers and civil society groups.

Research projects

Menzies Centre for Health Governance research projects.


Publications from Menzies academics and PhD scholars

News & events

Menzies Centre for Health Governance news, including event listings and podcasts.

Contact us

Our contact details and location.

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet