Keynote speakers will include:

  • Professor Andy Bindman (Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco)
  • Professor Nicholas Mays (Professor of Health Policy, Policy Innovation Research Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  • Professor Sally Redman AO (Chief Executive Officer, Sax Institute)
  • Dr Abdul Ghaffar (Executive Director, Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, WHO Headquarters)
  • Dr Ian Scott (Director, Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, Princess Alexandra Hospital)

Proffessor Andy Bindman

Professor Andy Bindman


Professor Bindman is the Professor, Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a primary care physician who has practised, taught and conducted health services research at a safety net hospital which serves some of the most vulnerable members of society. Professor Bindman’s career has focused on using health services research to address systematic deficiencies in how care is delivered to these individuals and to inform health policies to improve their health outcomes. Professor Bindman’s knowledge of health policy is informed by research, through collaborations with policymakers, and by serving in policy roles within government.

Professor Bindman was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow and served on the staff of the Energy and Commerce Committee within the US House of Representatives during the passage of the Affordable Care Act. He subsequently served as the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality where he was responsible for establishing federal research priorities for improving health care delivery.

Professor Bindman has worked as a senior advisor within the Office of the Secretary within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has also worked collaboratively with state health policymakers in the California Department of Health Care Services and with California's state-based Marketplace, Covered California. Andrew was the founding Director of the UCSF T-32 supported Primary Care Research Fellowship. He has designed courses and trains and mentors students to develop the skills they need to be effective in using research to inform health policy.

Professor Nicholas Mays

Professor Nicholas Mays


Professor Mays is the Professor of Health Policy, Department of Health Services Research and Policy, in the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Nicholas has extensive experience in health policy and health services research, holding positions in the National Health Service and at the Universities of Leicester and London and the Queen's University of Belfast. He has worked in the independent sector with the King's Fund, where he was the Director of Health Services Research and as a policy adviser with the New Zealand Treasury for five years.

Professor Mays directs the Department of Health funded Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU). PIRU undertakes a mix of primary evaluation studies of new policies and policy pilots in the English NHS, together with advice on the development and evaluation of pilots and demonstration programmes. PIRU fosters early stage engagement between researchers and policy makers in the development of policy innovations so that innovations are designed in ways that facilitate rigorous evaluation.

Examples of PIRU’s work include evaluations of the Public Health Responsibility Deal, the National Cold Weather Plan, the General Practice Patient Choice Pilot, the Social Impact Bond Trailblazers, Direct Payment in Residential Care Pilots and Integrated Care Pioneers, as well as methodological work to improve the handling of selection bias in quasi-experimental evaluations using improved methods of matching. The Unit is also studying the ways in which evaluations of pilots are commissioned, designed and used in health and social care in England.

Professor Mays organises the Evidence-Based Public Health Policy and Practice module for students on the DPH Programme and teaches at Masters level on Health Policy, Process and Power, and Health Systems.

Professor Sally Redman

Professor Sally Redman AO


Professor Sally Redman AO is the Chief Executive Officer of the Sax Institute, which was established in 2002 to forge better links between research and policy. Professor Redman is an international leader in driving the use of research in policy, programs and service delivery at the Sax Institute and in her previous role as the inaugural Director of the National Breast Cancer Centre. She recently led a National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence aimed at testing ways to increase the capacity of policy agencies to use research. Professor Redman’s background is in public health and health services research and she has over 200 peer reviewed publications. In 2013, she was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia for her distinguished service to public health and the promotion of relationships between researchers, policy makers and practitioners. She received the President’s Award from the National Heart Foundation in 2017.

Dr Abdul Ghaffar

Dr Abdul Ghaffar


Dr. Abdul Ghaffar is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) at WHO Headquarters. The Alliance is testing innovative models and approaches to improve the generation and use of policy-relevant knowledge for health systems strengthening and improved policy-making. Dr. Ghaffar is a physician by training and holds a PhD in International Health from Johns Hopkins University. He has worked in low- and middle-income countries for more than 35 years, formulating national policies and plans, managing a wide range of research portfolios, and training future generations of health systems researchers and decision-makers. Through many influential papers and seminal global reports and strategies, his intellectual contributions continue to set standards and guidance in the field of health policy and systems research.

Dr Ian Scott

Dr Ian Scott


Dr Ian Scott is consultant general physician and Director of Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. He is Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Queensland and Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at Monash University. He currently co-chairs the Queensland Statewide General Medicine Clinical Network, is the inaugural chair of the Australian Deprescribing Network, and is a member of Queensland Policy and Advisory Committee on new Technology (QPACT) and the Queensland Health Value-based Health Care Committee. He also sits on committees of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Health Care, and the MBS Review Taskforce for Cardiac Services. He has research interests in health services evaluation and improvement, clinical guidelines, clinical decision-making, evidence-based medicine, quality use of medicines and e-health. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and is a recipient of several NHMRC and government research grants.