Health Care Management
Professor Judith Dwyer is Director of Research in the Department of Health Care Management at the Flinders University School of Medicine, and a former CEO of Southern Health Care Network in Melbourne, and of Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, having worked in the Australian health system for more than 20 years. She is currently a Research Program Leader in the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. She teaches in the Flinders’ Masters of Health Administration, and conducts research focused on health system governance and design, with a particular focus on Aboriginal health services. Professor Dwyer is Deputy Chair of the board of Cancer Council South Australia, and a director of Cancer Council Australia. She has extensive policy consulting experience, and is an author of the leading text Project Management in Health and Community Services, 2nd edition, published by Allen and Unwin in 2013. Professor Dwyer is the 2014 recipient of the Sidney Sax medal, awarded annually by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association in recognition of life-long contribution to Australia’s health.
BA (Queensland), MBA (Adelaide), Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.
Honours, awards and grants
- 1998 Recipient, Inaugural Australian Medical Association Women's Health Award
- 2012 Principal Investigator (and project co-leader with Professor Ian Anderson, Melbourne University) on $450,000 grant funded by the CRC for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, entitled 'Stewardship Dialogues'.
- 2011 Project leader on 3-year $540,000 grant from the CRC for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, entitled ‘Funding, Accountability and Results for Aboriginal health services (FAR)’.
- 2011 Principal Investigator on $180,000 grant to La Trobe University, funded by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, entitled ‘Overcoming issues for transitioning vulnerable clients from targeted programs to mainstream primary care’.
- 2011 International Collaborator on $1.2M, 3-year program grant led by Professor Annette Browne, University of British Columbia, entitled Equity-Oriented Primary Health Care Interventions for Marginalized Populations: Addressing Structural Inequities and Structural Violence, funded by CIHR.
- 2008 Project leader and Principal Investigator on 4-year $460,000 grant from S A Health (Strategic Health Research Program grant), entitled ‘Stepping Up: Improving Mainstream Care for Aboriginal People’.
- 2008 Principal Investigator and member of team led by Dr Charmaine Power, funded by the Faculty ($50,000) to investigate the impact of screening for domestic violence in emergency departments.
- 2007 Project Leader and Principal Investigator on $450,000 grant from the Cooperative Research Centre to conduct 3-year research project entitled Frameworks for best practice in the funding and regulation of PHC services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 2007-2010.
- 2006 Member of team awarded a $3M grant by the NHMRC on transition care for older Australians.
- 2006 Awarded seed funding by Flinders University for development of a collaborative research project on family-centred care for Aboriginal people in Adelaide.
- 2004 Project Leader and Principal Investigator, Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health: for action research on Management Development in Aboriginal Health Services, $257,000 grant.
- Policy and administration
- Public health and health services
Professor Dwyer's research is focused on governance, funding and accountability in health care.
- Aboriginal health services
- Health services research
- Women's health
RHD research supervision
: Aboriginal health services