Deniza Mazevska
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Deniza Mazevska

Director

Deniza joined Health Policy Analysis in 2008, after successfully consulting independently for the previous three years.  She has qualifications in psychology (Bachelor of Arts), health information management (Bachelor of Applied Science) and public health (Masters).  Deniza has also had an academic appointment as a lecturer for the University of Sydney, where she taught undergraduate and postgraduate students in Australia and overseas in financial/resource management, funding, information systems and other areas. Her core expertise is in health policy and strategy development and implementation, funding, performance review, review and redesign of business processes, project management, and design of tools and approaches to collect qualitative and quantitative data and analysis of data.

Prior to consulting work, Deniza worked in senior positions within the NSW Department of Health.  Her last role in the NSW Department of Health was in 2005, as Director, Performance, Analysis and Reporting Branch.  In this role, Deniza initiated and managed a review of NSW data collections with the aim of minimising the cost and burden of data collection.  The review resulted in a redesign of the way in which NSW Health structures its data collections.  Prior to this role, as the Manager, Casemix Policy for the NSW Department of Health, Deniza initiated and managed an evaluation of the approach to clinical consultation aimed at validating the cost weights developed each year for casemix-based funding.  The recommendations lead to a restructuring of the consultation process to target clinicians in smaller, specialty-specific groups and greater involvement of clinicians in the costing process.  Also, as a Planning Officer for the Western Sydney Area Health Service, Deniza designed and managed a survey of shared care within the Area Health Service targeting general practitioners.  Using the findings from the survey, she developed a report which identified the current and future needs for shared care arrangements in the region.

Although Deniza has worked mostly for the NSW health system, she also has extensive national and some international experience.  At the national level, in her various roles within the Department of Health, Deniza was involved in national committees aimed at gaining consensus amongst jurisdictions on various issues, such as performance measurement, data standards and costing.  Most notably, in 2005, she chaired the Statistical Information Management Committee, and in 2003 she was secretariat, and led the development of the work program, for the National Health Performance Committee (AHMAC subcommittees).  Internationally, she has collaborated with international partners on projects, providing education, running workshops, and participation in international conferences.  For example, in 2005, she was one of five international experts to be invited by the World Health Organization Family of Classifications to participate in a roundtable discussion in Tokyo, Japan, on the need for an international standard for casemix classifications.

As a consultant, Deniza has worked on a number of projects evaluating or reviewing health care programs/services.  For example, working with Jim Pearse, she undertook a review of the information needs of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to prepare an options paper to present and analyse the benefits, risks, implications, barriers and resource requirements for central, outsourced, disseminated and other approaches to management of safety and quality data by the Commission.

Deniza has qualifications in psychology (Bachelor of Arts), health information management (Bachelor of Applied Science) and public health (Masters).  She has also had an academic appointment, as a lecturer for the University of Sydney, where she taught undergraduate and postgraduate students in Australia and overseas in casemix, funding, financial/resource management, information systems and other areas.