Prof Judith Dwyer

Professor Judith Dwyer
Position/s:Professor
Health Care Management
Phone: +61 8 82017769
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Location: Health Sciences Building (2.34)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Biography

Professor Judith Dwyer has worked in the Department of Health Care Management for 8 years, and was formerly the head of the Department of Health Policy and Management at La Trobe University's School of Public Health. She is a former CEO of Southern Health Care Network in Melbourne, and of Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, and has worked in the Australian health system for more than 20 years in a broad range of community, hospital and government settings. Professor Dwyer's research is focused on health system governance and design, with a particular interest in Aboriginal health services; and she teaches in the Department's Master of Health Administration Program. Professor Dwyer is a Research Program Leader for the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, and is Deputy Chair of the Board of the Cancer Council, South Australia, and a member of the Board of Cancer Council Australia.

Qualifications

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.

Research and supervision

Research expertise

  • Policy and administration
  • Public health and health services

Research interests

Professor Dwyer's research is focused on governance, funding and accountability in health care.

Supervisory interests

  • Aboriginal health services
  • Health services research
  • Women's health

RHD research supervision

Current

Associate supervisor: Aboriginal health services (2);

Publications

Books
  • Dwyer, J., Liang, Z., Thiessen, V. and Martini, A. (2013). Project management in health and community services. Second ed. Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Dwyer, J.M., Silburn, K. and Wilson, G. (2004). National Strategies for Improving Indigenous Health and Health Care: Overall Program Assessment. Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing.
  • Dwyer, J.M., Stanton, P. and Thiessen, V. (2004). Project Management in Health and Community Services: Getting good ideas to work. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.
Book chapters
  • Dwyer, J.M. and Cahill, A. (2009). Health managers in a changing system. In Eileen Willis, Louise Reynolds, and Helen Keleher, ed. Understanding the Australian Health Care System. Sydney, NSW: Churchill Livingstone, pp. 267-278.
  • Willis, E.M., Dwyer, J.M. and Dunn, S.V. (2008). The collectivity of healthcare: multidisciplinary team care. In Sorensen R and Iedema R, ed. Managing clinical processes in health services. Australia: Elsevier, pp. 87-104.
  • Leggat, S.G. and Dwyer, J.M. (2005). Inspiring Innovation. In Pauline Stanton, Eileen Willis and Suzanne Young, ed. Workplace reform in the healthcare industry : the Australian experience. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 209-231.
  • Liamputtong, P. and Dwyer, J.M. (2003). Women and health: an ongoing agenda. In Pranee Liamputtong and Heather Gardner, ed. Health, Social Change and Communities. Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press, pp. 119-140.
Refereed journal articles
  • Wainer, J., Willis, E.M., Dwyer, J., King, D.S. and Owada, K. (2012). The treatment experiences of Australian women with gynaecological cancers and how they can be improved: a qualitative study. Reproductive Health Matters, 20(40) pp. 38-48. [10.1016/S0968-8080(12)40658-9]
  • Willis, E., Dwyer, J.M., Owada, K., Couzner, L., King, D. and Wainer, J. (2011). Indigenous women's expectations of clinical care during treatment for a gynaecological cancer: rural and remote differences in expectations. Australian Health Review, 35(1) pp. 99-103. [10.1071/AH09800]
  • Dwyer, J.M., Lavoie, A.J., O'Donnell, K.M., Marlina, U. and Sullivan, P. (2011). Contracting for indigenous health care: towards mutual accountability. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 70(1) pp. 34-46. [10.1111/j.1467-8500.2011.00715.x]

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Books
  • Dwyer, J., Liang, Z., Thiessen, V. and Martini, A. (2013). Project management in health and community services. Second ed. Australia: Allen and Unwin.
  • Dwyer, J.M., O'Donnell, K.M., Lavoie, A.J., Marlina, U. and Sullivan, P. (2009). The overburden report: contracting for Indigenous health services. Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health. [Link]
  • Dwyer, J.M., Shannon, C. and Godwin, S. (2007). Learning from Action: Management of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services. Darwin: Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health.
  • Dwyer, J.M., Silburn, K. and Wilson, G. (2004). National Strategies for Improving Indigenous Health and Health Care: Overall Program Assessment. Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing.
  • Dwyer, J.M., Silburn, K. and Wilson, G. (2004). National strategies for improving Indigenous health and health care. Canberra, ACT: Commonwealth of Australia.
  • Dwyer, J.M., Stanton, P. and Thiessen, V. (2004). Project Management in Health and Community Services: Getting good ideas to work. Sydney: Allen and Unwin.
  • Kalucy, E.C., Beacham, B.D., Raupach, J.C., Dwyer, J.M. and Pilotto, L. (2001). Priorities for Primary Health Care Research, Evaluation and Development in Australia Final Report. Adelaide, SA: National Information Service.
  • Kalucy, E.C., Beacham, B.D., Raupach, J.C., Dwyer, J.M. and Pilotto, L. (2001). Priorities for Primary Health Care Research, Evaluation and Development in Australia, Summary Priority Setting Process: Stage One. Adelaide, SA: National Information Service.
Book chapters
  • Dwyer, J. and Cahill, A. (2012). Health care managers in a changing system. In E Willis, L Reynolds & H Keleher, ed. Understanding the Australian Health Care System. 2nd ed. Sydney, NSW: Elsevier, pp. 267-278.
  • Dwyer, J.M. and Cahill, A. (2009). Health managers in a changing system. In Eileen Willis, Louise Reynolds, and Helen Keleher, ed. Understanding the Australian Health Care System. Sydney, NSW: Churchill Livingstone, pp. 267-278.
  • Willis, E.M., Dwyer, J.M. and Dunn, S.V. (2008). The collectivity of healthcare: multidisciplinary team care. In Sorensen R and Iedema R, ed. Managing clinical processes in health services. Australia: Elsevier, pp. 87-104.
  • Leggat, S.G. and Dwyer, J.M. (2005). Inspiring Innovation. In Pauline Stanton, Eileen Willis and Suzanne Young, ed. Workplace reform in the healthcare industry : the Australian experience. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 209-231.
  • Liamputtong, P. and Dwyer, J.M. (2003). Women and health: an ongoing agenda. In Pranee Liamputtong and Heather Gardner, ed. Health, Social Change and Communities. Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press, pp. 119-140.
Refereed journal articles
  • Wainer, J., Willis, E.M., Dwyer, J., King, D.S. and Owada, K. (2012). The treatment experiences of Australian women with gynaecological cancers and how they can be improved: a qualitative study. Reproductive Health Matters, 20(40) pp. 38-48. [10.1016/S0968-8080(12)40658-9]
  • Willis, E., Dwyer, J.M., Owada, K., Couzner, L., King, D. and Wainer, J. (2011). Indigenous women's expectations of clinical care during treatment for a gynaecological cancer: rural and remote differences in expectations. Australian Health Review, 35(1) pp. 99-103. [10.1071/AH09800]
  • Dwyer, J.M., Lavoie, A.J., O'Donnell, K.M., Marlina, U. and Sullivan, P. (2011). Contracting for indigenous health care: towards mutual accountability. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 70(1) pp. 34-46. [10.1111/j.1467-8500.2011.00715.x]
  • Lavoie, J., Boulton, A. and Dwyer, J.M. (2010). Analyzing contractual environments: lessons for Indigenous health in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Public Administration, pp. 1-15. [doi:10.1111/j.1467-9299.2009.01784.x]
  • Dwyer, J.M. and Jackson, T. (2008). Unwanted pregnancy, mental health and abortion: untangling the evidence. Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 5 pp. 2. [doi:10.1186/1743-8462-5-2]
  • Dwyer, J.M. (2006). Traversing the bridge from health care management practice to research. Australian Health Review, 30(4) pp. 424-426. [Link]
  • Dwyer, J.M. (2004). Australian health system restructuring - what problem is being solved? Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 1(6) [doi:10.1186/1743-8462-1-6]
  • Dwyer, J.M. and Leggat, S.G. (2002). Innovation in Australian hospitals. Australian Health Review, 25(5) pp. 19-31.
Refereed conference papers
  • Dwyer, J., Tenbensel, T., Lavoie, A., Cumming, J., Boulton, A. and Martini, A. (2012). Indigenous peoples' health care: new discourses and technologies of policy and governance. In International Society for Third Sector Research 10th International Conference. International Society for Third Sector Research 10th International Conference. Universita Degli Studi Di Siena, Siena, Italy. Jul 2012.
Journal articles
  • Dwyer, J.M. and Leggat, S.G. (2006). Mental health care: commitment to action? Australian Health Review, 30(2) pp. 133-134. [Link]
  • Dwyer, J.M. (2006). Coming to your TV - the ideal health care professional. Australian Health Review, 30(1) pp. 5-6.
  • Leggat, S.G. and Dwyer, J.M. (2005). Improving hospital performance: Culture change is not the answer. Healthcare Quarterly, 8(2) pp. 60-66.
  • Dwyer, J.M. (2004). Regionalization: Are even the flaws quintessentially Canadian? HealthcarePapers, 5(1) pp. 81-87.
Conference publications
  • Kelly, J., Dwyer, J.M., Willis, E.M., MacKean, T.J. and Pekarsky, B.A.K. (2012). Developing Aboriginal patient journey mapping tools: Managing Two Worlds Together for CQI. In CQI for everyday and everybody. Melbourne, VIC: Lowitja Institute. Lowitja Institute 2012 National Conference on Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care. Alice Springs, NT. May 2012, pp. 30-31. [Link]
  • Kelly, J., Dwyer, J.M., Willis, E.M., Glover, J., MacKean, T.J., Pekarsky, B.A.K., et al. (2011). Developing a responsive Aboriginal country patient journey mapping tool. In Proceedings of the PHCRED Tri-State Conference. PHCRED. PHCRED Tri-State Conference. Adelaide, SA. Sep 2011.
  • Kelly, J., Dwyer, J.M., Pekarsky, B.A.K., Willis, E.M. and MacKean, T.J. (2011). Making sense of complexity: City hospital care for country Aboriginal people. In Proceedings of the 7th Health Services and Policy Research Conference. Online: HSRAANZ. 7th Health Services and Policy Research Conference. Adelaide, SA. Dec 2011.
  • Dwyer, J.M., Martini, A., Lavoie, J., O'Donnell, K.M., Sullivan, P. and Pekarsky, B.A.K. (2011). Reform in the relationship between ACCHSs and government: Aboriginal Primary Health Care policy and program implementation in the NT and Queensland. In Proceedings of 7th Health Services and Policy Research Conference 5-7 December 2011. Online: HSRAANZ. Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand Biennial Conference. Adelaide, SA. Dec 2011.
  • Dwyer, J.M. (2011). The five divides affecting country Aboriginal patients' journeys to city hospitals. In Proceedings of the PHAA 41st Annual Conference, Sustainable Population Health. PHAA 41st Annual Conference, Sustainable Population Health. Brisbane, QLD. Sep 2011.
  • Dwyer, J.M. (2011). The Overburden Report: Contracting for Indigenous Health Services. In Proceedings of the 3rd CRIAH Aboriginal Health Research Conference. 3rd CRIAH Aboriginal Health Research Conference. Sydney, NSW. May 2011.
  • Dwyer, J.M. (2011). Domestic violence screening in emergency departments: what does it mean for women? In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference for Emergency Nurses. CENA. 9th International Conference for Emergency Nurses. Adelaide, SA. Sep 2011.
  • Dwyer, J.M. (2011). Contracting for Indigenous health services. In Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual Conference of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM XV) Fifteenth Annual Conference of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM XV) - Value, Innovation and Partnership. Dublin, Ireland. Apr 2011.
  • Kelly, J., Dwyer, J.M., Willis, E.M. and MacKean, T.J. (2011). Local response and systemic denial - the challenges of providing Aboriginal health care in mainstream hospitals. In Proceedings of the 3rd CRIAH Aboriginal Health Research Conference. Online: CRIAH. 3rd CRIAH Aboriginal Health Research Conference, Sydney, 5th-6th May 2011. Sydney, NSW. May 2011.
  • Willis, E.M., Wainer, J., King, D.R., Dwyer, J.M. and Owada, K. (2010). Gendered cancer and the organisation of work: what women with a gynaecological cancer say about the medical and nursing workforce in Australia. In Gender, work and organisation. Gender, work and organisation. University of Keele, UK. Jun 2010.
  • Power, C., Dwyer, J.M., Maddern, J. and Bahnisch, L.V. (2009). Screening for domestic violence in emergency departments : how/does it make a difference? In 7th international conference for emergency nursing. 7th International Conference for Emergency Nurses. Gold Coast, QLD. Oct 2009.
  • Raupach, J.C., Beacham, B.D., Kalucy, E.C., Pilotto, L. and Dwyer, J.M. (2001). Identifying priorities for research: a general practice-primary health care initiative. In Conference Proceedings - 2001 General Practice and Primary Health Care Research Conference. South Australia: Primary Health Care Research and Information Service. 2001 General Practice and Primary Health Care Research Conference. Glenelg, SA. May 2001, pp. 185-185.
Other public research outputs
  • Kelly, J., Dwyer, J., Pekarsky, B., Maclean, T., Willis, E., Battersby, M., et al. (2012). Managing Two Worlds Together: Patient Journey Mapping Tools.
  • Martini, A., Dwyer, J. and Cheney, F. (2012). Equitable Funding Model Project. Final report for National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO.
  • Dwyer, J., Kelly, J., Willis, E., Glover, J., MacKean, T., Pekarsky, B., et al. (2011). Managing Two Worlds Together: City Hospital Care for Country Aboriginal People - Community Summary. 15 pp. 1-4. [Link]
  • Martini, A., Marlina, U., Dwyer, J., Lavoie, A., O'Donnell, K. and Sullivan, P. (2011). Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service Funding: Report to the Sector 2011.
  • Dwyer, J., Kelly, J., Willis, E., Glover, J., MacKean, T., Pekarsky, B., et al. (2011). Managing Two Worlds Together: City Hospital Care for Country Aboriginal People - Project Report.
  • King, D.S., Martin, W.C., Dwyer, J.M., Healy, J.G., Owada, K., Smith, L.H., et al. (2008). Review of the Gynaecological Cancers Workforce, report for Cancer Australia.
  • Dwyer, J.M. and Eagar, K. (2008). Options for reform of Commonwealth and State governance responsibilities for the Australian health system, pp. 1-35. [Link]
  • Leggat, S.G. and Dwyer, J.M. (2006). Editors. Australian Health Review. Pyrmont, NSW: Australasian Medical Publishing. 30(1-3)
  • Dwyer, J.M. and Leggat, S.G. (2006). Editors: mental health care: commitment to action? Australian Health Review. 30(2) pp. 133-134. [Link]
  • Menadue, J., Gaston, C., Black, E., Crafter, S., Dwyer, J.M., Leeder, S.R., et al. (2003). Better choices, better health: final report of the South Australian generational health review, pp. 1-250.
  • Leggatt, S. and Dwyer, J.M. (2003). Factors supporting high performance in health care organisations: a review of the literature. National Institute of Clinical Studies: Literature Review Series, pp. 1-73. [Link]
  • Dwyer, J.M. and Jackson, T. (2001). Literature Review: Integrated Bed and Patient Management. Patient Management Task Force, pp. 1-44. [Link]

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Professional and community engagement

Professor Dwyer is Deputy Chair of the Board of Cancer Council SA and is a member of the national executive of the Society for Health Administration Programs in Education.

Expertise for media contact

  • Aboriginal Health Services
  • Abortion
  • Health Management
  • Health Policy
  • Hospitals
  • Primary Health Care
  • Women's Health

Subject/s

  • Aboriginal Issues
  • Abortion
  • Health Management, Policy and Ethics
  • Hospitals
  • Primary Health Care


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