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A pathway to a stronger research culture in health policy

Jennifer Smith-Merry12*, James Gillespie3 and Stephen R Leeder4

Author Affiliations

1 School of Social and Political Studies, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

2 Australian Health Policy Institute, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

3 Menzies Centre for Health Policy; School of Public Health, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

4 Menzies Centre for Health Policy; Australian Health Policy Institute, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

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Australia and New Zealand Health Policy 2007, 4:19  doi:10.1186/1743-8462-4-19

Published: 10 October 2007

Abstract

Background

There are currently limited pathways into a career in health policy research in Australia, due in part to a serious absence of health policy research capability in Australian universities.

Discussion

We define what we consider health policy research and education should comprise. We then examine what is currently on offer and propose ways to strengthen health policy research in Australia.

Summary

This paper, which is part analysis and part commentary, is offered to provoke wider debate about how health policy research can be nurtured in Australia.