Reforming a national health system: what can we learn?


Seminar resource

Thursday 15 March 2012

Title: Reforming a national health system: what can we learn?

Speakers: Professor Sir Ian Kennedy

Venue: Sparke Helmore Theatre 1, ANU College of Law, Bldng #5, Fellows Rd, ANU

Date: 15/3/12


Professor Sir Ian Kennedy is among the world´s leading academics in the areas of the law and ethics of health. He is also among the world´s most engaging public intellectuals and most effective change agents in the area of public policy.

Professor Kennedy will explore the current national health system reforms in the UK referring in particular to the vexed question of competition and the pivotal role of commissioning. He will also investigate what a national health system should look like, stressing both vertical and horizontal integration of services, while drawing on available evidence and models of excellence.

Since 2009 Professor Kennedy has been chair of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in the United Kingdom. He is Emeritus Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Policy at University College London, a former Dean of the Law School at King´s College London (1986-96), and founder of the Centre for Medical Law & Ethics (1978). He chaired the public inquiry into children´s heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary (1998-2001), chaired the Healthcare Commission (2003-09), and chaired the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (1998-2002). He is chair of the UK Research Integrity Office, chair of The King´s Fund Inquiry into the quality of general practice in England, and is an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is the author of seminal texts in medical health law and ethics and presented the BBC´s 1980 Reith Lectures on the subject of "Unmasking Medicine". He was knighted in 2002 for his services to medical law and bioethics. This public lecture is presented by the ANU College of Law, in partnership with the HC Coombs Policy Forum at the Crawford School at ANU, with support from the Inglis Clark Centre for Civil Society at the University of Tasmania.



ABCnews24In line with its mission to foster more vibrant public debate on government policy choices, the HC Coombs Policy Forum has put in place a pilot joint venture with the ABC. One of the fruits of this collaboration is ABC 24's new Future Forum television series. This series considers and debates hypothetical situations that Australia may face in the future as a result of key policy choices made today.

The Australian National Institute of Public Policy (ANIPP) and the HC Coombs Policy Forum receive Australian Government funding under the Enhancing Public Policy Initiative.

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