Founded in 2006, from the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation, the Menzies Centre for Health Policy ANU focuses on questions of governance and regulation to pursue a fairer, more sustainable and healthier society within Australia, across Asia Pacific and globally.
In pursuit of this, the Centre’s research is concerned with the political, commercial, environmental, social and cultural determinants of health inequities. Specifically, we are interested in how public policies outside of the health field can be shaped to achieve health equity.
Our research methods draw on regulatory theory – the study of different regulatory approaches and how they may be used to steer the course of events. We are also interested in governance for health equity – which means that we study the range of political, organisational and administrative processes through which different actors articulate their interests, exercise their legal rights, influence policy processes, and mediate their differences.
Answering the questions of regulation and 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, 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 to our research.
The Menzies Centre for Health Policy research themes include:
• The social determinants of health equity
• Political economy of health
• Trade, investment and health
• Healthy and sustainable food systems
• Health systems
• Climate change and global health inequities
The Menzies Centre comprises academic staff from RegNet, including research and postdoctoral fellows, postgraduate students and research support staff
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