Reconciliation Week and findings from an Aboriginal health evaluation

Six years ago I worked with colleagues to evaluate a health program operating in five Western Australian communities where Aboriginal people were chronically under-served. The state government funded mainstream organisations to employ Aboriginal community workers, conduct healthy lifestyle activities and …

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Evaluation amidst complexity: 8 questions evaluators should ask

Many of Social Dimensions’ assignments concern evaluating a project that wasn’t working as expected.  Often, the reason is for the lackluster or surprising performance is that the implementers were trying to change behaviour within a complex adaptive system. For the …

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To count or not to count: Australian population data

Photo: Australian Bureau of Statistics I am a card-carrying demographer—a member of the Australian, Asian, American and international population associations and a PhD in the subject from the Australian National University. I use population data and demographic concepts in my …

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My pick of readings on scaling up health interventions amid complexity

My last post discussed how I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t enough to describe which strategies were effective in scaling up maternal and child health intervention s throughout a national health system in a low or middle income …

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Scaling up health interventions: What works? isn’t the most important question

I spent most of 2014 working with American colleagues to derive lessons about scaling up high impact maternal and child health interventions in developing countries. Getting an innovation—a new drug, clinical practice or program—to more people and making it a …

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Chicken Little cried ‘Fertility is falling, fertility is falling, go tell the king’

Originally posted in Demotrends, a collaborative site for demographic research, researchers and their ideas.  See this post on their site here . In a recent tweet Demotrends shared a media report that France’s fertility was dipping below 2 children per …

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Why aren’t there more immigrants in rural Australia

Should the question be why do so many people born outside of Australia live in Australian cities or why don’t more live in regional centres and small towns? The attraction of cities is clear.  Job opportunities, friends and family who …

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Are immigrants really the backbone of rural Australia’s health and education services?

For a decade it was my job to worry about the health workforce in rural and remote Australia.  Our university department of rural health, like 11 others through the country, did our part to promote regional centres, country towns and …

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