Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite

Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite

Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite

Founding Director, Australian Institute of Health Innovation

Director, Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, Australian Institute of Health Innovation

Professor, Health Systems Research, Macquarie University

Phone: +61 2 9850 2401


Twitter: @JBraithwaite1




Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite is Founding Director of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Director of the Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science and Professor of Health Systems Research at Macquarie University.

Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite is a leading health services and systems researcher with an international reputation for his work investigating and contributing to systems improvement. He has particular expertise in the culture and structure of acute settings, leadership, management and change in health sector organisations, quality and safety in healthcare, accreditation and surveying processes in the international context and the restructuring of health services. Professor Braithwaite is well known for bringing management and leadership concepts and evidence into the clinical arena and he has published extensively, with over 470 refereed contributions (including 13 edited books, 75 book chapters, 357 articles and 59 refereed conference papers; and 285 peer-reviewed abstracts and posters; and 206 other publications, e.g., international research reports) He has presented at or chaired international and national conferences, workshops, symposia and meetings on more than 914 occasions, including 97 keynote addresses. He is the recipient of 46 awards, including the prestigious Health Services Research Award by Research Australia in 2015 and multiple Editor’s Choice awards for papers published in International Journal for Quality in Health Care.

Theories and ideas Professor Braithwaite has helped shape, formulate or devise, and provided research findings for, are now in common use as a result of his work: multi-method, triangulated approaches to research, the boundary-less hospital, accreditation models in general practice and beyond, clinician-managers as key players in reform initiatives, fundamental principles for the governance of health systems, diversity in clinical professional groups, inter-professional learning and culture change rather than restructuring as a more sustainable strategy for reform. His empirical results have exposed the distinctive attitudes of clinical professional groups, how clinician-managers enact their leadership responsibilities, the relationships between efficiencies and structural type of teaching hospitals, the behavioural displays of clinicians in service structures and the status of system-wide patient safety improvement initiatives.

As at 2019, Professor Braithwaite has received career research funding of over $131 million spread over 82 grants; total new research funding and grants in the last five years amounts to over $83 million; more than $75.2 million of this funding is Category 1, peer-reviewed, chiefly ARC and NHMRC funding. He referees for 31 journals and the health research bodies of Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom as well as for many international conferences and symposia. He publishes in the leading journals in three convergent fields and thus expresses his work at a unique intersection of organisational studies, health services research and clinical care. Journals he contributes to include Journal of the American Medical Association, BMC Medicine, the British Medical Journal, The Lancet, PLoS Medicine, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Health Services Management Research, BMJ Quality and Safety, International Journal for Quality in Health Care, Social Science & Medicine, BMC Health Services Research, International Journal of Health Planning and Management and Journal of Health, Organisation and Management.

Professor Braithwaite's TED Talk can be viewed here: Turning, breaking or vanishing point

Selected publications arranged by topic


Patient safety

Complexity science

Resilient healthcare

Quality improvement and clinical governance

Health policy, management and systems reform

Implementation science and translational health research

Clinical applications of health systems research

Patient centred care

Books and book series

Resilient healthcare

Health systems reform

Organisational culture

Other publications

Google Scholar profile

Featured projects
Other projects

Current research projects

Current Appointments - Macquarie University
  • Professor of Health Systems Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, 2014-present
  • Founding Director, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, 2014-present (previously, UNSW, 2007-2014)
  • Director, Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, Faculty of Medicine, Macquarie University, 2014-present (previously, UNSW, 2001-2014)
Current Appointments - International
  • Member - Scientific Program Committee, Cochrane Colloquium Toronto, Canada,  2019-2020
  • Technical Advisor -Technical Advisory Committee (TAG) to the Regional Director, Eastern Mediterranean Region of the World Health Organization (WHO), 2019-2021
  • International Member - WHO Global Patient Safety Network, Geneva, Switzerland, 2015-present
  • Member - International Academy of Quality and Safety on behalf of the International Society for Quality in Health Care, Dublin, Ireland, 2018
  • Committee Member - Resilient Healthcare Net (RHCN) Conference Organising Committee, 2012-present
  • Panel Member - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) [German Research Foundation] Review Panel for a Research Unit in the Area of Public Health, Bonn, Germany, 2018
  • International Expert - European Commission, Joint Research Commission (JRC)—The European Commission Initiative on Colorectal Cancer (ECICC) Ispra, Italy, 2018
  • Scientific Advisor - Austrian Health Academy, Vienna, Austria, 2018
  • Chair Scientific Advisory Board - TOPPFORSK Program in Resilient Health Care, Universitetet Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway, 2018
  • Member of the Scientific Committee - Scientific Committee for the 2018 Organizational Behaviour in Health Care (OBHC) Conference, Montreal, Canada, 2018
  • Advisory Board Member - Institute of Health & Society, Newcastle University, United Kingdom, 2018-2021
  • President Elect - International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), 2017-2019
  • International Member - Partners at Care Transitions – Pact: Scientific Steering Group, NIHR Funded project with Leeds University, United Kingdom, 2017-present
  • International Member - International Ergonomics Association 2018 International Scientific Committee, Florence, Italy, 2017-2018
  • Advisor - Irish Health Services on Collective Leadership, Teamwork and Safety Cultures, 2016-present
  • Visiting Professor - Department of Health Studies, University of Stavanger, Norway, 2015-present
  • Board Member - International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), 2015-present
  • International Core Group Member - The Resilient Health Care Net, Denmark, 2011-present
  • Honorary Scientific Committee Member - International Health Conference, convened by the Oxford based Foundation for Knowledge Exchange, 2014-present
  • Visiting Professor of Health Systems Research - Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, 2014-present [Professor 2006-2014 Associate Professor, 2001-2006; Senior Lecturer, 1994-2000]
  • Visiting Professor - Institute of Health & Society, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2014-2017
  • Adjunct Professor - Resilient Health Care and Patient Safety, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark, 2014-2019.
  • External Advisory Board - NIHR CLAHRC South London, External Advisory Board, King’s College London, UK, 2014-present
  • External Scientific Advisor - NIHR CLAHRC West Midlands, External Scientific Advisory Group, Birmingham, UK, 2014-present
  • International Member - ISQua Innovation Committee, Dublin, Ireland, 2012-present
  • International ISQua Expert - One of a select group providing strategic advice to ISQua as a leading international expert in accreditation quality and safety research. Dublin, Ireland, 2012-present
  • International Member - ISQua International Accreditation Programme, Research Working Group, Dublin, Ireland, 2009-present
  • Honorary Professor - University of Birmingham, UK, 2010-present
  • Honorary Senior International Research Fellow - Canon Institute for Global Studies, Japan, 2010-present
  • Consultant - World Health Organization: a range of projects in recent years in Papua New Guinea, East Timor, China and Japan, 1995-present
  • Founding Member - International Society for the Study of Organising for Health Care [SHOC], 2005-present Member of Executive, 2007-2008
  • Member - International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), 2007-present
  • Professional Member - American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2007-present
  • International Assessor - Royal Society of New Zealand, Centres for Research Excellence Fund, 2007-present
  • International Reviewer - Health Research Board, Republic of Ireland, 2007-present
  • International Scientific Evaluator - Swiss National Science Foundation, 2008-present
  • International Reviewer; Member, College of Experts - NHS Service Delivery and Organisation [SDO] Research and Development Program, 2006-present
  • International Reviewer - National Institute of Health Research [NIHR], NHS, 2008-present
  • International Reviewer - Israel Science Foundation, Israel, 2008-present
  • Member - Faculty Executive Group, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University
Current Appointments - National
  • Ministerial Appointment for the Triennium - National Health and Medical Research Council’s Research Committee, Canberra, Australia, 2018-2021
  • Member - Cancer Australia Research and Data Advisory Group, 2018
  • Member - National Health and Medical Research Council’s Innovation Assessment Working Group, 2017- present
  • Visiting Professorial Fellow - University of New South Wales, Australia, 2017-2020
  • Committee Chair - National Health and Medical Research Council’s Targeted Call for Research (TCR) Prioritisation Working Committee, 2016-2019
  • Founding Member - Climate and Health Alliance [CAHA], 2010-present
  • Board Member - The Baird Institute for Cardiothoracic Research, 2009-present
  • Founding Member - Australian Health Care Reform Alliance, 2002-present
  • External Assessor - National Health and Medical Research Council, 2003-present
  • Assessor; Expert of International Standing - Australian Research Council, 2003-present
  • Founding Member - Hospital Reform Group, 2004-present
Specific research keywords

Patient Safety, Evidence Based Healthcare, Health Services Research, Health Systems, Organisational Behaviour, Health System Sustainability

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