Research Hub for the Asia-Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Project Details

The Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (the APO) is a collaborative partnership of interested governments, international agencies, foundations, and researchers that promotes evidence-informed health system policy regionally and in all countries in the Asia Pacific region. The University of Melbourne, through the Nossal Institute for Global Health is one of three competitively selected Research Hub partners, collecting, analysing and synthesizing evidence from across the regions.

The APO is aiming to create a body of knowledge and evidence on health systems in the Asia Pacific region, comparable across countries, through collection and analysis of information and research evidence on health care policies and reforms. Through the APO we engage in country level dialogue with key stakeholders, including government, development partners, civil society and academia, to build consensus on needed policy directions and helps develop evidence informed health policies within countries; and to develop and strengthen national and regional capacity in research, analysis and knowledge translation.

As a research hub partner, the Institute has contributed to these objectives through the following activities and achievements:

  • Production of more than 25 policy briefs to share knowledge with government and civil society stakeholders.
  • Leading the development of the Health in Transition publications for Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, PNG and Indonesia.
  • Supporting a range of policy dialogue events and stakeholder workshops in regional locations.
  • Membership of the APO board and steering committee.

Project Country and Location:


  • Professor Peter Annear
  • Dr Krishna Hort
  • Professor Ajay Mahal
  • Katherine Gilbert
  • Dr Prabhathi Basnayake
  • Matthias Nachtenbal
  • Prarthna Dayal


  • Kabir Sheik, Public Health Foundation of India
  • University of Queensland


World Health Organization

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

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