Jim Pearse
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Jim Pearse


Over the last twenty years Jim has been active participant and leader in health policy issues and research both within and outside of government.  Outside his principal areas of work, Jim has maintained a keen interest and involvement is social policy issues and has recently stepped down after many years as Deputy Board Chair for Barnardos Australia, one of the leading non-government agencies working in child and family welfare.

Since 2003 Jim has led the consulting company Health Policy Analysis, which has been successful in a market which includes all the large management consulting companies. Health Policy Analysis has completed over 200 health sector consulting projects for Commonwealth government, state government and non-government clients.  Projects undertaken have included program reviews, development of performance frameworks and measures, economic analysis, the development of business cases, and the analysis and interpretation of performance indicators.  Health Policy Analysis has developed a wide network of expertise which it has often called on in developing competitive proposals and high quality results.

Many of the consulting projects have involved high profile deliverables in contentious areas of policy. Reports have typically been well received by clients and stakeholders, reflecting Jim’s deep understanding of the underlying policy issues and capacity to establish processes that ensure stakeholders are appropriately engaged.

Prior to establishing the company, Jim spent 18 years working in various health and social policy areas within the public sector, most recently with the NSW Health Department and previously with the health and community services authority in the Northern Territory, where he particularly focused on issues related to health service delivery, program review and funding for remote populations.

During his time with NSW Health Jim directed Branches responsible for achieving Government equity objectives through resource allocation policies and models, and the implementation of output oriented funding approaches for acute, sub- and non-acute services. At NSW Health, he was involved in a broad range of national and state health reform initiatives, and in the negotiation of Commonwealth/State funding arrangements for hospital services.  Jim was a state representative in a Commonwealth/State Task Force established in 2005 by COAG which developed a set of recommendations for health system reform.  He was a member of the Australian National Health Performance Committee and provided leadership in the development of a framework for measuring national health system performance and reporting against this framework. Jim was also chair of the NSW Resource Distribution Formula Advisory Committee between 1996 and 2003 and has remained as a member of that committee since leaving NSW Health. He also initiated a major health system micro-simulation project with NATSEM in partnership with the HIC and Productivity Commission and was responsible for overseeing a range of “Futures” projects that improved business decision making and policy setting.

Jim has broad ranging international experience. In 1997, he spent four months on an exchange program with the English National Health Service (NHS) in Leeds, England, where he worked on the development of a needs based funding formula for primary medical care. Jim was a 2000-2001 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy, spending 12 months at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, where he studied the use of risk adjustment approaches in payment systems. In 2003, he participated in a WHO conference focused on the relationships between the public and private sectors, preparing (in conjunction with Professor Michael Reid) the key note address for the conference. 

Jim is a Health Policy Adjunct Affiliate at the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research at Stanford University, where he has collaborated with international researchers from 20 countries on the Global HealthCare Productivity Project (GHP). In 2005 he assisted with the development of the program for the China Health Policy Roundtable, held in Beijing and jointly sponsored by the China Ministry of Health and the George Institute. The roundtable brought together health policy experts from Australia, Japan, Singapore, USA and the UK with Chinese health officials over two days in Beijing to share their countries' experiences and knowledge of health care safety strategies. Jim is currently a member of OECD Health Care Quality Indicator Expert Group (Responsiveness/Consumer Experiences), which provides expert advice to the OECD Responsiveness/Consumer Experiences Subgroup, on the development of internationally comparable measures of consumer experience of health systems.

Professionally, Jim trained as a health economist (Master of Science, Health Economics) at the University of York in England, and also holds Bachelor level degrees in Economics (Queensland University), Arts (Sydney University) and Social Work (Sydney University).  He is also a registered SAS Consultant. Since 2003 he has held a fractional appointment with the Centre for Health Services Research at the University of Wollongong.  With the Centre he participates in a range of health services research projects mainly providing health economic expertise. Jim’s publications and research include population based resource allocation models, including the use of risk adjustment in capitation payment, the fiscal relationship between federal and state governments, casemix classification, efficiency of hospitals, costs of providing health services to Indigenous peoples, program review, measurement of health system performance, and international comparison of health system performance.