Professor Peter Heywood


Peter Heywood is Honorary Professor of International Health at the University of Sydney. With training in epidemiology, policy analysis, economics and nutrition, he has a strong background and experience in health policy and health sector reform in low income countries with particular emphasis on South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Before retiring in 2006 he was a Lead Health Sector Specialist with the World Bank, leading that institution’s dialogue in the health sector and developing and supervising large portfolios of health sector investments in the public and private sectors in India (1998-2004) and Indonesia (2004-2006). The areas of emphasis for these investments included both communicable (tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, malaria, leprosy and avian influenza) and non-communicable diseases (cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cataract, nutrition), decentralization in the health sector, education of health professionals, the roles of the public and private sectors, and the changes in demand for health care in the medium term and their implications for government policy.

Before joining the World Bank in 1994 Peter was Lecturer in Nutrition at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, University of Sydney (1974-1977); Deputy Director of the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research in Medecine (1977-1988); and Professor of Nutrition and Director of the Nutrition Program at the University of Queensland (1988-1994).

In February-May 2014 Peter was a Visiting Fellow at the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University; and from April to July 2015 he is a Visiting Research in Medecine Fellow at the Effective Health Care Research in Medecine Consortium of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.  

Recent research activities

  1. an assessment of the effect of decentralization of the health sector in Indonesia on health service delivery, health sector funding and health outcomes funded by the Ford Foundation; 
  2. a systematic review of the effect of public and private funding of ambulatory care in low-income countries on quality of care; and 
  3. an institutional assessment of the HIV/AIDS control program in Indonesia. His current research activities include health services research in Indonesia and an institutional analysis of the Cochrane Collaboration.

In 2005 Professor Heywood was awarded the Leverhulme Medal of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

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