Associates – International Projects

HCA is blessed with a great network of associates working with HCA on Australian projects who can also work on international projects. They bring additional specialist HRH experience, skills and knowledge to enhance HCA staff consultant capabilities in areas such as strategic workforce planning, education and training, HR information systems.

As well as the HRH skills, our associates also have individual knowledge about the application of those HRH skills in specific health service settings such as population/public health, mental health, maternal and child health, and health professional contexts such as nursing, medical practice and allied health.

Get to know our associates, by their HRH areas of competence or the contexts in which they are most experienced in applying their HRH skills, by clicking their name below.

HRH Areas of Competence

Strategic workforce planning

  • James Buchan

    MA(hons), PhD, DPM Specialist Adviser, Health Workforce Australia, Professor, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Professional Adviser, Centre for Workforce Intelligence, National Health Service (NHS), England, Policy Associate, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, WHO, Brussels, Associate Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies, Adjunct Professor, University of Technology, (UTS), Sydney, Australia

    Twenty five years experience of practice, consultancy, teaching and research in health care human resources. Specialises in developing strategic intelligence and policy advice at national level and internationally on the HR implications of health sector reorganisation and healthcare reform; health workers pay, incentives and reward strategy; workforce planning; employment relations; regulation of health professionals; performance management, labour market analysis; and skill mix and developing extended roles. Background as a HRH Policy adviser and manager; qualifications in economics, employee relations, personnel management. Working experience in more than 50 countries.

Training and Education

  • Angela Dawson

    Member of Health Services and Practice Research Strength, Centre for Health Services Management (CHSM), Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health (CMCFH), WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development (WHO or WHOCC).

    Angela has over 17 years experience in the areas of indigenous Australian and international primary health care workforce development, health promotion and health communication. She has particular expertise in:

    • International Health Primary Health care workforce and service delivery
    • Maternal and reproductive health
    • Vulnerable and marginalized populations
    • Community health
    • Health communication

    Angela has recently been a research fellow with the AusAID funded Human Resource for Health Knowledge Hub at the University of New South Wales where she led a program of work with the Burnet Institute focused on staff engaged in the provision of maternal, neonatal and reproductive health care at community level in the Asia Pacific regions.

    Angela is currently a Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Australia.

  • Prasuna Reddy

    MA(Pysch), PhD, MAPS, MCOP, MCHP

    Professor, Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, Australia

    Prasuna is a member of the College of Health Psychologists and College of Organisational Psychologists, and has been Director of the Board of the Australian Psychological Society. For the past 20 years, she has been an academic and practicing psychologist at University of Melbourne, and has consulted in applied organisational psychology projects. In March 2007 she was appointed Chair of Rural Mental Health Flinders University and Director Health Services Research.

    More recently she has become the Director of the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, which amongst its research agenda is included study into recruiting and retaining mental health workforce into less attractive areas of practice.

    Prasuna has a long history of development work and research in her native country of India.

  • Joanne Iskander

    BBA & BA-Psychology (Macquarie University), Masters of Environment (University of Melbourne), Cert Public Participation (IAP2)
    Jo has a diverse background of skills, knowledge and experience in a range of sectors, including children and family services, international development, utilities, mining and extractive industries and indigenous issues. Her expertise is in her stakeholder management skills, specifically building relationships with those difficult to engage groups, and project management.

    Jo has worked for the public sector, government and the non-profit sector both domestically and internationally. Most recently she was working for a large non-profit organisation in the children and family services sector. In this role Jo is tasked with the implementation of a range of short-term projects. This includes establishment of projects once new funding has been announced, development of strategic planning documents and responsibility for the development and implementation of various organisational change processes.

    Jo is passionate about transparent consultation processes that support long-term change and grass-roots capacity development. When living in Indonesia, Jo has partnered with a number of Civil Society Organisations to identify needs and work with organisations to implement capacity building initiatives. This work includes facilitating workshops, development of needs assessment and action plans and engaging professionals in an innovative way to support the organisation. Jo thrives working in new environments and working alongside people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

  • Lynne Madden

    BSc(Med)Hons1, MBBS, MPH, MSc, FFPH(UK), FAFPHM

    Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, School of Medicine, Sydney, The University of Notre Dame Australia

    Lynne is currently managing an undergraduate medical program. Before, she was Manager of Population Health Training and Workforce at the NSW Ministry of Health for 18 years. At the Ministry she developed and managed the NSW Public Health Officer Training Program (a ‘professional doctorate’ level course of three years on the job competency based learning and completion of theoretical studies), the NSW Biostatistical Officer Training Program and established the NSW Aboriginal Population Health Training Initiative. All these training programs are multidisciplinary and prepare graduates to take leadership positions in influencing policy and practice within the health system.

    She is interested in both expanding the evidence base that informs the delivery of postgraduate work-based education and emerging areas of public health work, and has published on these topics. As Chair of the Faculty Education Committee for the Royal Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine she is responsible for the delivery of the national public health medicine training program for trainee public health physicians. She has lead on the redesign of this training program, a process of consultation and transformational change that continues.

  • Anar Ulikpan

    MD, MPH, PhD Scholar

    Anar’s expertise is in primary health care, health systems planning and policy development, aid effectiveness in health, Human Resource development policy in health and developing training curricula for health managers in resource limited setting.

    Her experience includes working within in the Mongolian Ministry of Health in health policy and reform and Hospital autonomy. As part of the Health Sector Master Plan Project Anar worked on health sector reform and aid coordination, developing health sector priorities and delivered training to health managers in health planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation. She was also involved in the development of the Human Resource policy for Mongolian health sector.

    Anar originally started as a General Practitioner in the clinical setting which also included outreach work and she has worked within the NGO sector in primary health care and screening of health needs of vulnerable populations.

    Anar is currently a PhD candidate (to be completed in June, 2015) with the University of Queensland within the School of Population Health.

Leadership and Management

  • Carol Vale

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Population/Public Health

  • Lynne Madden

    BSc(Med)Hons1, MBBS, MPH, MSc, FFPH(UK), FAFPHM

    Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, School of Medicine, Sydney, The University of Notre Dame Australia

    Lynne is currently managing an undergraduate medical program. Before, she was Manager of Population Health Training and Workforce at the NSW Ministry of Health for 18 years. At the Ministry she developed and managed the NSW Public Health Officer Training Program (a ‘professional doctorate’ level course of three years on the job competency based learning and completion of theoretical studies), the NSW Biostatistical Officer Training Program and established the NSW Aboriginal Population Health Training Initiative. All these training programs are multidisciplinary and prepare graduates to take leadership positions in influencing policy and practice within the health system.

    She is interested in both expanding the evidence base that informs the delivery of postgraduate work-based education and emerging areas of public health work, and has published on these topics. As Chair of the Faculty Education Committee for the Royal Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine she is responsible for the delivery of the national public health medicine training program for trainee public health physicians. She has lead on the redesign of this training program, a process of consultation and transformational change that continues.

  • Shanti Raman

    MBBS, FRACP, M App Epi

    Royal Australasian College of Physicians, International Pediatric Association (Standing Committee), International Society for Social Paediatrics (executive committee), Pacific Society for Reproductive Health (country representative), Public Health Association of Australia (International Health and Political Economy of Health Special Interest Groups), Indian Academy of Paediatrics- member of the Child Abuse & Neglect and Child Labor Committee.

    Dr Shanti Raman is a Consultant Paediatrician, with sub-specialty training in epidemiology and public health. Her research and teaching interests include international health and development, health of migrants and refugees, poverty, indigenous child health, child rights and child abuse/ neglect and quality and safety in health. She has a strong interest in global health, provided consultancy services in international maternal, newborn and child health, worked on population based research projects in Asia- Pacific and been involved in teaching public health.

    In her role at the Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub, Dr Raman was the lead in maternal, neonatal and child health providing policy advice to national governments and global agencies in the Asia-Pacific region and led health services research projects in the Pacific.

    Dr Raman is currently the Chair of the Technical Advisory Group for Paediatric Quality of Care for the International Pediatric Association and is also completing a PhD in international maternal and child health at the University of New South Wales.

Child & Maternal Health

  • Angela Dawson

    Member of Health Services and Practice Research Strength, Centre for Health Services Management (CHSM), Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health (CMCFH), WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development (WHO or WHOCC).

    Angela has over 17 years experience in the areas of indigenous Australian and international primary health care workforce development, health promotion and health communication. She has particular expertise in:

    • International Health Primary Health care workforce and service delivery
    • Maternal and reproductive health
    • Vulnerable and marginalized populations
    • Community health
    • Health communication

    Angela has recently been a research fellow with the AusAID funded Human Resource for Health Knowledge Hub at the University of New South Wales where she led a program of work with the Burnet Institute focused on staff engaged in the provision of maternal, neonatal and reproductive health care at community level in the Asia Pacific regions.

    Angela is currently a Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Australia.

  • Shanti Raman

    MBBS, FRACP, M App Epi

    Royal Australasian College of Physicians, International Pediatric Association (Standing Committee), International Society for Social Paediatrics (executive committee), Pacific Society for Reproductive Health (country representative), Public Health Association of Australia (International Health and Political Economy of Health Special Interest Groups), Indian Academy of Paediatrics- member of the Child Abuse & Neglect and Child Labor Committee.

    Dr Shanti Raman is a Consultant Paediatrician, with sub-specialty training in epidemiology and public health. Her research and teaching interests include international health and development, health of migrants and refugees, poverty, indigenous child health, child rights and child abuse/ neglect and quality and safety in health. She has a strong interest in global health, provided consultancy services in international maternal, newborn and child health, worked on population based research projects in Asia- Pacific and been involved in teaching public health.

    In her role at the Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub, Dr Raman was the lead in maternal, neonatal and child health providing policy advice to national governments and global agencies in the Asia-Pacific region and led health services research projects in the Pacific.

    Dr Raman is currently the Chair of the Technical Advisory Group for Paediatric Quality of Care for the International Pediatric Association and is also completing a PhD in international maternal and child health at the University of New South Wales.

Mental Health

  • Prasuna Reddy

    MA(Pysch), PhD, MAPS, MCOP, MCHP

    Professor, Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, Australia

    Prasuna is a member of the College of Health Psychologists and College of Organisational Psychologists, and has been Director of the Board of the Australian Psychological Society. For the past 20 years, she has been an academic and practicing psychologist at University of Melbourne, and has consulted in applied organisational psychology projects. In March 2007 she was appointed Chair of Rural Mental Health Flinders University and Director Health Services Research.

    More recently she has become the Director of the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, which amongst its research agenda is included study into recruiting and retaining mental health workforce into less attractive areas of practice.

    Prasuna has a long history of development work and research in her native country of India.

Health Systems & Financing

  • Anar Ulikpan

    MD, MPH, PhD Scholar

    Anar’s expertise is in primary health care, health systems planning and policy development, aid effectiveness in health, Human Resource development policy in health and developing training curricula for health managers in resource limited setting.

    Her experience includes working within in the Mongolian Ministry of Health in health policy and reform and Hospital autonomy. As part of the Health Sector Master Plan Project Anar worked on health sector reform and aid coordination, developing health sector priorities and delivered training to health managers in health planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation. She was also involved in the development of the Human Resource policy for Mongolian health sector.

    Anar originally started as a General Practitioner in the clinical setting which also included outreach work and she has worked within the NGO sector in primary health care and screening of health needs of vulnerable populations.

    Anar is currently a PhD candidate (to be completed in June, 2015) with the University of Queensland within the School of Population Health.

Nursing

  • Dr Robyn Hill

    MEdPol&Admin, GradDip Distance Education, GradCert in Action Learning, BAppSci Nsg(Education), Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University

    Hill works in education and training, focusing on supporting learning and development in education, health and other workplace settings. The bulk if not all of her expertise has been formed in the health sector, stemming from her initial training in nursing.

    Robyn has worked in adult and vocational education for the past 30 years, in TAFE and Higher Education sectors. She has previously held positions in Senior Management in Research and Development and Innovation. She holds a Doctor of Education, and postgraduate qualifications in Educational Policy and Administration, Distance Education, and Action Learning and Work-based Learning. Her Doctoral Thesis, titled “Teachers and Managers negotiating organisational change: the effects on work and learning at work” engaged teachers in an investigation into their work and learning practices in time of extreme organisational change.

    For many years, Robyn was Manager, Educational Development at GippsTAFE, where she was responsible for leading and managing the educational development and compliance areas of the Institute. She had responsibility for research and development projects related to educational delivery, and preparing analytical responses to Government educational policy statements. She managed the Institute’s quality approach to continuous improvement, and compliance requirements with the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF), the Victorian Registration & Qualifications Authority (VRQA), and latterly ASQA.

    Prior to this Robyn was instrumental in setting up the curriculum for the new graduate entry medical school in Gippsland, Victoria for Monash University (2006-2010); this School has now seen many cohorts graduate. During that time she completed, and subsequently taught in, the Harvard-Macy Educators for Health Professions in-house program (Boston, 2008-2010).

    In more recent times Robyn has lead a competency development project for the Victorian Department of Health to research and construct a curriculum for Clinical Coders, and completed a 6-month project with Open Universities Australia as Academic Manager of Higher Education, overseeing compliance with the new Tertiary Education Standards and Qualifications Authority Compliance system.

    In 2013 Robyn edited numerous chapters in two Nursing textbooks for Lippincott, Wolters Kluwer (published late 2013), and assisted Monash University, Faculty of Medicine, with the development of MBBS curricula for international delivery.

Emergency and Disaster Response

  • Anthony Zwi

    Anthony’s background is in global health and international development, with particular interest in development policy and its evaluation. He is committed to informing policy with evidence and has written extensively around this and related topics. He is an experienced researcher with a full-time University position and is undertaking this project as an independent evaluator working as an associate with HCA. He is well versed in current development debates and policies, as well as in facilitating the uptake of evidence-informed policy. He has experience of undertaking realist analyses including in relation to gender-based violence in emergencies and disaster risk reduction. He has undertaken consultancies with a range of agencies including Burnett Institute, Marie Stopes International, as well as evaluative research for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and a number of governments.
    Anthony has undertaken research in the Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Bangladesh and further afield. He brings a development-oriented approach reinforced by a commitment to building capacity and enhancing capabilities. He is an excellent facilitator and seeks to develop a sense of ownership and engagement with those with whom he works.