Senior Technical Advisor
Prarthna joined the Nossal Institute in 2008. Previously, she was a consultant for the Health, Nutrition and Population unit at the World Bank in New Delhi where she worked on health systems strengthening (HSS) and on building policy-making capacity for HSS.
At the Nossal, Prarthna has managed a portfolio of work in South Asia and provided technical assistance and research in building better health systems for maternal, newborn and child health.
Prarthna has been engaged in policy analysis; economic analysis; research design, conduct and analysis; capacity building; and relationship building and coordination with development partners and government. She has also managed and evaluated development assistant projects, primarily in India and Indonesia.
From 2009 to 2015, Prarthna led an investment case in India for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health to strengthen local health planning and budgeting. She also provided technical assistance to the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Maternal and Neonatal Health Project and conducted research for the Asia Pacific Observatory for Health Systems and Policies.
Since 2016, Prarthna has developed and delivered a multi-year blended learning course for UNICEF on health systems strengthening, conducted a comparative evaluation of nurse mentoring programs to improve maternal and newborn care in India and did a systematic review of maternal morbidity and child outcomes due to postpartum haemorrhage.
Prarthna coordinates the International Child Health subject for the Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne. She has an MA in International Relations and Economics from the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in Economics (Honours) from Lewis & Clark College, USA.