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Yvonne Zurynski is Professor of Health System Sustainability, and leads the activities of the Coordinating Centre of the NHMRC Partnership Centre in Health Systems Sustainability.

Yvonne has extensive experience and expertise in research and education across health sectors and disciplines having conducted research in settings ranging from primary care to intensive care. She is a mixed methods health services and systems researcher with expertise in implementation science and evaluation. Yvonne has an interest in integrated care for children and adults living with chronic and complex disease and their experiences of healthcare systems, especially when transitioning across health and social care sectors. She has expertise in conducting epidemiological studies, systematic reviews, clinical research studies, service model and policy evaluations using mixed methods designs. She currently leads the models of care stream of the Children's Diabetes Centre - a large $8million national collaboration established to improve care for children and young people living with Type 1 Diabetes. She led the evaluation of integrated care initiatives across the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) and is leading the implementation evaluation of the RuralKidsGPS care coordination program being implemented in 4 rural local health districts in NSW.

Her focus is on conducting research that makes a difference in the real world. Her research supported new child restraint law in Australia, the development of clinical guidelines and vaccination policy. She contributed to the development of the first Australia Strategic Action Plan for Rare Disease. Her research in patient/family and healthcare provider experiences of the health system including health services use, transition between paediatric and adult services, health costs and out of pocket expenses has contributed new knowledge to inform the codesign of models of care. She is engaged with several consumer groups including the Consumers Health Forum of Australia and Rare Voices Australia and regularly conducts collaborative research and policy development work with consumer groups.  She was instrumental in establishing the Australian Health Consumer Sentiment survey which provide unique data including experiences and opinions of health services pre- and post- the COVID-19 pandemic  She was a key member of the steering committee for the establishment of the national Paediatric Active Disease Surveillance system, and the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Australian Registry (FASDAR). She has expertise in research ethics and was a member of the University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee (Health Subcommittee). She currently sits on the Research Australia Health Economics Round Table, and The Social Prescribing Round Table led by the Consumers Health Forum, The Royal Australian College of GPs and the NHMRC Partnership Centre in Health System Sustainability. She was the chair of the International Network of Paediatric Surveillance Units 2011-2015, is a member of the Scientific Medical Advisorty Committee, Rare Voices Australia, and a member fo the Advosory Group of the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research. 

She has attracted approximately $20 million in research funding over her career, has published widely and regularly reviews for national and international peer review journals.

Yvonne is an experienced post-graduate research supervisor at Masters and PhD level. She currently convenes the Systems Science in Healthcare unit of study in the Masters of Public Health at Macquarie University.

Education/Academic qualification

Health Policy, MHPOL, University of Sydney

Award Date: 20 Jul 2019

Medical Research, PhD, Changes in cerebral blood flow and intracranial pressure after severe head injury, University of Sydney

Award Date: 20 May 1996

Clinical Research, MAppSc, Cerebral Blood Flow: Effects of Aging, Depression and Alzheimer's Disease, University of Technology Sydney

Award Date: 20 Mar 1989

Biomedical Science, BAppSc, University of Technology Sydney

Award Date: 20 Mar 1985

External positions

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Tasmania

1 Feb 201931 Jan 2022

Honorary Associate Professor, University of Sydney

5 Feb 2005 → …


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