APO Consortium Network
APO's consortia play a critical role in its research output. Members work with the APO to produce Health Systems in Transition reviews, Policy Briefs, Comparative Country Studies and Policy Dialogue events. Reputed research institutions based in the Asia Pacific region have been appointed in 4 different consortia for a period of 3 years. This rich network of local knowledge combined with a regional perspective is what makes the APO’s Consortia so unique, relevant and influential.
The 4 consortia are: The National University of Singapore (NUS) led Consortium of 7 institutions, The Pacific Consortium, led by University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia, The China-India Consortium, led by Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) in India and International Health Policy Program (IHPP), Thailand; led consortium.
ICS, lead a consortium that includes the Centre of Social Medicine and community health in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, School of Public Health in Fudan University, Shanghai, Shanghai Health Development Research center and the Department of Asian and Policy Studies in the Education University of Hong Kong. The institutions in the consortium have worked together for many decades already and through APO, will focus on pertinent health issues of importance in both countries or specific regions in the two countries. Professor Rama Baru is the focal person for the China-India Consortium.
IHPP, in conjunction with Health Strategy and Policy Institute, Viet Nam, and the National Health Security Office in Thailand will lead research and policy development work on health systems primarily in the Mekong Basin countries as well as support writing of health system reviews in various countries in the region. Dr Walaiporn Patcharanarumol is the current director of IHPP.
The NUS lead consortium is led by Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and includes Duke-Singapore and Duke Kunshan Universities, School of Public Health at Hong Kong University, University of Philippines and BRAC in Bangladesh. The consortium uses innovative approaches to research and solves important health and health policy challenges across the region. The Center’s focus varies from anti-microbial resistance to health system resilience as well as the system response to challenges of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Professor YY Teo is the Director of the NUS Consortium.
School of Population Health at UNSW works with the University of Victoria, New Zealand, Fiji National University and Divine World University in Papua New Guinea to create the Pacific Consortium. The consortium focuses on issues relevant to the Pacific nations and aims to not only provide evidence for health system policy response but also to support capacity building for the health system and policy research in the Pacific region. Professor Rebecca Ivers is the lead person for the Pacific Consortium.