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GLHAM members and associates are invited to one of three intimate events next Monday 19th February with renowned academic Dame Professor Anne Mills: a midday academic seminar, an afternoon roundtable, or an evening panel discussion followed by drinks

About Professor Anne Mills
Anne Mills is a leading health economist who is a world authority on health systems financing in low and middle-income countries. Anne’s research has also demonstrated the most cost-effective ways to control malaria in African and Asian countries. She began her research career in Nepal, showing that the benefits of malaria control were much greater than the costs, especially for the country’s poorest people. Anne and her research group later used cost-effectiveness analysis to explore decisions on use of rapid diagnostic tests for malaria, and changing policy on antimalarial drugs. In particular, they made a strong case for earlier use of the newer, more expensive combination treatments.

Anne’s work has been instrumental in the development of universal health coverage systems in a number of countries. Anne is the Vice Director and Professor of Health Economics and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, was made a Dame Commander in 2015 for services to international health, and is a fellow of the male-dominated Royal Society.

Monday 19th February
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health seminar, Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton.

The Challenges of health systems across the world: shared diagnoses, differing prescriptions?

Countries at all levels of development share common health system problems such as managing demand for health services within limited resources, ensuring the provision of cost-effective interventions to all who might benefit, and guaranteeing effective responses to the needs of the most impoverished and marginalised populations. Further health system challenges include coping with the consequences of an increasingly globalised world, including those of transnational industry activities, health worker migration and infectious disease pandemics, and the evolving roles of public and private sectors.

Given similar diagnoses, and global influences, there has been a tendency for health system reforms across the world to follow similar patterns. Dame Mills will argue that similar diagnoses should not lead to similar prescriptions, but rather that health reform proposals should reflect national and regional contexts. In lower income countries across the world, important elements of the local context include their economic structures, the strength of their political and social institutions, management capacity in the public sector, and the influence of agencies external to the country. These affect both what prescriptions are desirable, and whether they can feasibly be implemented.

The Nossal Institute for Global Health, Level 5, 333 Exhibition Street, Melbourne CBD.
How to build a career in global health
Join a relaxed roundtable Q&A discussion with Dame Ann Mills as she responds to questions on any aspect of her professional life in the global health sector. A Chatham-house style conversation, you’ll gain invaluable networks and insights from this session.
Places strictly limited, please RSVP to ed@glham.org no later than COB Wednesday 14th February, 2018.

Women in Academia Panel
Evening Lecture 6-7pm followed by drinks from 7-8pm
Frederic Wood Jones Theatre, Medical Building

Panellists (TBC): Sharon Lewin, Director Peter Doherty Institute; Barbara McPake, Director Nossal Institute for Global Health, Leann Tilley, Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UOM
There has been an increasing effort to promote the contribution of women in academia, noting that progress in the UK has been driven especially by the Athena Swan initiative. Prof Mills will begin with insights into how the London School supports the development of women’s careers, and her personal reflections will be followed by a discussion with leading Melbourne scientists on meeting the challenges of an academic career and how women’s leadership in academia is being successfully established.

Book for panel and drinks at http://go.unimelb.edu.au/8kf6