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 healthcare, 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 450 refereed contributions, and more than 930 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 890 occasions, including 90 keynote addresses. He is the recipient of 43 awards, including the prestigious Health Services Research Award by Research Australia in 2015 and multiple Editor’s Choice awards for papers published in International Journal for Quality in Health Care.

Theories and ideas Professor Braithwaite 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 2018 of career research funding of over $111 million spread over 77 grants; total new research funding and grants in the last five years amounts to over $68.1 million; more than 80% of this grant funding is category one, peer-reviewed, chiefly ARC and NHMRC funding. He referees for 31 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 Journal of the American Medical Association, BMC Medicine, 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.

University Positions:

Professor of Health Systems Research
Founding Director, Australian Institute of Health Innovation
Director, Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science

Broad Research Areas:

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

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:

President Elect, International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua); Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences; Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA); Australasian 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; WHO Global Patient Safety Network International Member

Specific Research Keywords:

Patient Safety, Evidence Based Healthcare, Health Services Research, Health Systems, Organisational Behaviour, Health System Sustainability

University role
Professor and Director