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Leading Effectively During Political Change Periods

Political leadership change is a critical element that drives health reform in the United States, Australia and in most global health systems.

THE EVENT In June 2019, the Harvard Club of Australia, in partnership with the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research, and the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association will be holding an executive workshop in Sydney (4 June), Canberra (6 June) and Melbourne (12 June) with Professor John McDonough (Harvard University). This workshop on ‘Leading effectively during political change periods’ will transform how health leaders in Australia understand, anticipate and respond to health system challenges in the context of political change, ideological shifts, and health care funding instability in Australia and abroad. Current thinking around value-based health reform will be discussed.

Professor John McDonough is currently Professor of Public Health Practice in the Department of Health Policy and Management, and Director of the Center for Executive and Continuing Professional Education at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Between 2008 and 2010, he served as a Senior Advisor on National Health Reform to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions where he worked on the development and passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Between 2003 and 2008 he served as Executive Director of Health Care for All, Massachusetts’ leading consumer health advocacy organization, where he played a key role in the passage and implementation of the 2006 Massachusetts' health reform law. From 1985 to 1997, he served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he co-chaired the Joint Committee on Health Care.

John has previously been a Joan H. Tisch Distinguished Fellow in Public Health at Hunter College, New York and held academic positions at the Heller School at Brandeis University and Schneider Institute for Health Policy. His articles have appeared in Health AffairsThe New England Journal of Medicine and other journals. He is the author of three books, Inside National Health Reform published in 2011, Experiencing Politics: A Legislator's Stories of Government and Health Care in 2000, and Interests, Ideas and Deregulation: The Fate of Hospital Rate Setting in 1998.

He received a doctorate in public health in 1996 from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan and a master's in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 1990.

WHO WILL ATTEND? This workshop is aimed at health executives leading reform initiatives across government health institutions, non-profit, business, pharmaceutical, hospitals, higher educational and research institutions, and primary care networks. 

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Sydney: 4 June 2019 from 9am to 2 pm, morning tea and lunch included $450

Canberra: 6 June 2019 from 9am to 2 pm, morning tea and lunch included $450

Melbourne: 12 June 2019 from 9am to 4pm, morning tea and lunch included $500