Dr Krishna Hort

Dr Krishna Hort joined the Australian International Health Institute in 2006 as Program Director. In 2009, the AIHI became the Nossal Institute and Krishna took on roles as Unit head and Deputy Director.

Krishna trained as a doctor at the University of Sydney. He studied Obstetrics and Tropical Paediatrics in the UK and community health at the University of New South Wales. He then completed specialised training in public health. He has worked in clinical care provision in rural Bangladesh, in public health in NSW and in development assistance programs in the health sector in Philippines, Indonesia, Timor Leste and Vietnam.

Krishna has over 20 years’ experience in management and delivery of health services and in engaging with health system researchers and policy makers to address health system policy challenges in Asia Pacific. He has been involved in programs ranging from maternal and child health, water and sanitation, hospital management, avoidable blindness, emerging infectious disease, through to reconstruction after natural disasters.

Krishna also has more than 10 years’ experience working in health system support programs. These include roles as team leader of an AusAID program in Indonesia, as a public health specialist in the Philippines, technical director in Vietnam and as an evaluation specialist in Indonesia.
Highlights include participating in the response to the Asian Tsunami of 2004 in Aceh, and leadership of the Health Policy and Finance Knowledge Hub 2009-2013.

Krishna has contributed to national health system reviews in Indonesia and Bangladesh, and led research on policy issues such as public hospital governance, engaging and regulating the private sector and improving quality of care.

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