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 is visiting or adjunct Professor at Newcastle University and University of Birmingham in the UK; University of Southern Denmark; University of Stavanger, Norway; University of New South Wales; and Honorary Senior International Research Fellow at the Canon Institute for Global Studies in Tokyo, Japan. He has considerable expertise in researching 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 766 refereed contributions, and over 1,387 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 1,381 occasions, including over 127 keynote addresses. Theories and ideas he has shaped, formulated or devised 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 2023 of career research funding of $191,757,954.40 spread over 125 grants; total new research funding and grants in the last five years amounts to over $143 million; more than 84% of this grant funding is category one, peer-reviewed, chiefly ARC and NHMRC funding. He referees for 29 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 BMJ, Journal of the American Medical Association, 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.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Business Administration, MBA, Allen Knott Scholar Award and medalist in the MBA; first prize in industrial relations, Macquarie University

Bachelor of Arts, BA, Majoring in psychology, prehistory and history; minors in philosophy and archaeology, The University of New England

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, Thesis: Incorporating medical clinicians into management: an examination of clinical directorates, The University of New South Wales

Master of Industrial Relations, MIR (Honours I), By coursework and research thesis, with first class honours. Thesis: The nature, quality and characteristics of health care workplace industrial relations , University of Sydney

Graduate Diploma in Labour Relations and the Law, DipLR, By coursework; courses in industrial psychology, labour relations, labour law and contract law , University of Sydney

External positions

President, International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua)

2020 → …

Visting Professorial Fellow, The University of New South Wales

2018 → …

Visiting Professor, Universitetet Stavanger

2015 → …

Visiting Professor, Newcastle University UK

2014 → …

Adjunct Professor, University of Southern Denmark

2014 → …

Honorary Senior International Research Fellow, Canon Institute for global Studies

2010 → …

Honorary Professor, University of Birmingham

2010 → …


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