Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite

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Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite is a leading health services and systems researcher with an international reputation for his work investigating and contributing to systems improvement. He has particular expertise in the culture and structure of acute settings, leadership, management and change in health sector organisations, quality and safety in health care, accreditation and surveying processes in international context and the restructuring of health services. Professor Braithwaite is well known for bringing management and leadership concepts and evidence into the clinical arena and he has published extensively (more than 400 refereed contributions, and 600 total publications) about organisational, social and team approaches to care which has raised the importance of these in Australia and internationally. He has presented at or chaired international and national conferences, workshops, symposia and meetings on more than 600 occasions, including over 60 keynote addresses.

Theories and ideas he has helped shape, formulate or devise, and provided research findings for, are now in common use as a result of his work: multi-method, triangulated approaches to research, the boundary-less hospital, accreditation models in general practice and beyond, clinician-managers as key players in reform initiatives, fundamental principles for the governance of health systems, diversity in clinical professional groups, inter-professional learning and culture change rather than restructuring as a more sustainable strategy for reform. His empirical results have exposed the distinctive attitudes of clinical professional groups, how clinician-managers enact their leadership responsibilities, the relationships between efficiencies and structural type of teaching hospitals, the behavioural displays of clinicians in service structures and the status of system-wide patient safety improvement initiatives.

Professor Braithwaite is the recipient as at 2013 of career research funding of $57.19 million spread over 61 grants; total new research funding and grants in the last five years amounts to $40 million; more than 80% of this grant funding is category one, peer-reviewed, chiefly ARC and NHMRC funding. He referees for 30 journals and the health research bodies of Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom as well as for many international conferences and symposia. He publishes in the leading journals in three convergent fields and thus expresses his work at a unique intersection of organisational studies, health services research and clinical care. Journals he contributes to include the British Medical Journal, The Lancet, PLoS Medicine, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Health Services Management Research, BMJ Quality and Safety, International Journal for Quality in Health Care, Social Science & Medicine, BMC Health Services Research, International Journal of Health Planning and Management and Journal of Health, Organisation and Management.

Broad Research Areas:
Patient Safety, Quality of Care, Health Systems, Clinical Governance, Health Services Management, Health Services Research, Health Policy, Population Health

BA [UNE], DipLR, MIR [Syd], MBA [Macq], PhD [UNSW], FAIM, FACHSM

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Australian College of Health Service Executives, Australian Institute of Management, Australian Association for Quality Assurance in Health Care, Industrial Relations Society of Australia, The Sax Institute (formerly the Institute for Health Research), NSW

Specific Research Keywords:
Patient Safety, Evidence Based Health Care, Health Services Research, Health systems, Organisational Behaviour

University role
Professor and Director