HRDA Associates

Arie Rotem – AM

Arie Rotem – AM

Senior Associate

Development and management of human resources, institutional strengthening, change management, educational development, evaluation of programs and services

– During tenure at UNSW, served as Head of the School of Medical Education, Director of the World Health Organization Regional Training Centre for Health Development and Head of the Centre for Public Health.

– Consultancies in more than 20 countries with governments and international agencies focus on health systems development, Human resource for health and Health Professions Education.

– Contributing to workforce planning and development as a consultant to international agencies and governments. Recent main assignments include; Advisor to Ministry of Health Lao PDR on Human Resource Development (Asian Development Bank and Lux Dev) Review and formulation of Health; Workforce Strategic Plans as adviser to the Ministries of Health of Cambodia and Myanmar (WHO); Review of WHO  Regional Strategy on HRH;  Impact evaluation of UN agencies sponsored fellowships; Development of Educational Development Centres in Lao PDR and Cambodia; Development of methodology for projection of health workforce requirements (WHO).

Dr Augustine Asante

Dr Augustine Asante

Associate

Dr Asante (BA, PG Dip. Soc Sci., MSc., PHD) is a Health Economist with more than 15 years of experience researching in the areas of health financing equity, and health systems in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).  Dr Asante (Kojo) holds a PhD in Health Administration from UNSW and is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Population Health at UNSW Sydney, where he is the Director of the Master of Global Health.  Kojo was previously associated with the Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub and his publications on Leadership and Management are on this HRDA website.  He has worked on health financing and systems research projects in several Asia-Pacific and sub-Saharan African countries, including Indonesia, Cambodia, Fiji, Timor-Leste, Rwanda and Ghana, and for bilateral agencies including WHO and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).  His current research is in the area of efforts to achieve UHC and other health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and he is currently leading the implementation of a 4-year UK MRC-funded project evaluating the equity impact of Indonesia’s single-payer National Health Insurance Scheme (JKN).

Dr Anthony Zwi

Dr Anthony Zwi

Associate

Anthony Zwi will assume the role of content advisor for the project and brings expertise in development policy and evaluation, the interface of evidence and policy, and is a content expert in a number of the specific areas proposed for analysis. Anthony’s background is in global health and international development, with particular interest in development policy and its evaluation. He is committed to informing policy with evidence and has written extensively around this and related topics. He is an experienced researcher with a full-time University position and is undertaking this project as an independent evaluator working as an associate with HCA. He is well versed in current development debates and policies, as well as in facilitating the uptake of evidence-informed policy. He has experience of undertaking realist analyses including in relation to gender-based violence in emergencies and disaster risk reduction. He has undertaken consultancies with a range of agencies including Burnett Institute, Marie Stopes International, as well as evaluative research for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and a number of governments.

Anthony has undertaken research in the Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Bangladesh and further afield. He brings a development-oriented approach reinforced by a commitment to building capacity and enhancing capabilities. He is an excellent facilitator and seeks to develop a sense of ownership and engagement with those with whom he works. Some of Anthony’s relevant publications are:

Zwi, A., Spurway, K., Marincowitz, R., Ranmuthugala, G., Hobday, K. and Thompson, L. (2018) Do CBDRM initiatives impact on the social and economic costs of disasters? If so, how, why, when and in what way(s)? London: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Centre, Institute of Education, University of London.
Thompson, l. & Zwi, A. (2011) HRH in Public Health Emergencies in developing countries: an overview Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub, UNSW, October 2011
Zwi A., et al. (2007) TIMOR-LESTE: Health Sector Resilience and Performance In A Time Of Instability, Original, ANU, UNSW, Menzies School of Health Research, Australia
Zwi, A., et al. (2007) Listening to the Silence: Doing Better at Responding to Disaster. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health March. https://journals.sagepub.com/home/aph, 2007 Editorial

Purevtogtokh Ganbold

Purevtogtokh Ganbold

Associate

Tsunara has strong organisational, research/analytical and presentation skills built through an evolving career in several development organisations (Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit [GIZ], World Bank, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, United Nations Development Programme in Mongolia) and a carefully crafted study pathway including the completion of an MBA in Mongolia and a Master of Laws, specialised in Public Administration, in Japan.

She has theoretical knowledge of and practical experience in project management, tools and methodologies for planning, executing, and monitoring and evaluating projects. She has applied these skills (as manager or team member) to energy efficiency and gender responsive budgeting projects with the Municipality of Ulaanbaatar, policy development support in the health and education sectors, supervision of and support to decentralisation policy and urban governance projects and outsourcing of Government Services to Mongolian NGOs.

She has excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to interact and hold negotiations with external and internal audiences of various levels and an ability to work capably under stress and to juggle multiple tasks within tight deadlines. Tsunara has a very strong working knowledge of the government system and processes in Mongolia (she was at one time a training coordinator with the National Academy of Governance) and maintains an extensive network of contacts in the government, civil society, academia and business circles. She is currently Vice President of Stakeholder Engagement with the Project Management Institute (PMI) Mongolia Chapter and has undertaken this voluntary role since November, 2016.

She has excellent oral and written communications skills and can read, speak and write fluently in Mongolian and English (IELTS score 7.0).

  • Mongolia
Dr Susan Nancarrow

Dr Susan Nancarrow

Associate

Susan is a health services researcher with more than 20 years’ international experience (UK and Australia) in health workforce reform, service delivery and organisation with particular expertise in allied and community health, regional and rural health issues, new models of care and capacity building.
Recent projects include large scale mapping of 27 allied health professions for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (3-year project); use of telehealth to keep older people independent at home; primary health care integration of allied health and general practitioners; and use of social media to engage with health service users. Susan led the evaluation of the initial Rural Allied Health Generalist training program in Queensland and has written on this topic. Susan’s outputs include policy changes, service delivery models and over 80 peer reviewed journal publications, reports, two books and several book chapters.
Susan trained as a podiatrist with experience in community health care as a clinician and manager (publicly funded); private practice (as employee and business owner); in Aboriginal and Islander Health Services and as a volunteer in Northern India. Some of her more relevant publications include:
Moran, A. M., Nancarrow S.A., et al. 2014. Supervision, support, and mentoring interventions for health practitioners in rural and remote contexts: an integrative review and thematic synthesis of the literature to identify mechanisms for successful outcomes. Human Resources for Health, 12, 10.
Nancarrow, S. A. 2015. Six Principles to Enhance Health Workforce Flexibility. Human Resources for Health, 13, 9.
Nancarrow, S. A., Roots, A., Grace, S., Moran, A. M. & Vanniekerk-Lyons, K. 2013. Implementing Large-Scale Workforce Change: Learning From 55 Pilot Sites of Allied Health Workforce Redesign in Queensland, Australia. Human Resources for Health, 11, 66.
Nancarrow, S. A., Young, G., O’Callaghan, K., Jenkins, M., Philip, K. & Barlow, K. 2017. Shape of Allied Health: An Environmental Scan Of 27 Allied Health Professions in Victoria. Australian Health Review, 41, 327-335

Ethel Falu Sigimanu

Ethel Falu Sigimanu

Associate

Solomon Islands School Certificate – Selwyn College (1976 – 1980), Pacific Certificate – Form 6, King George VI Secondary School, Honiara, Solomon Islands (1981), Bachelor of Arts – (Administration and History Politics) University of the South Pacific (USP) Suva, Fiji (1982 – 1985); Certificate in Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Centre for Pacific Development and Training, Sydney, Australia
Ethel retired as a senior public servant in 2019, after 33 years of service in the Solomon Islands Public Service. For seventeen of those years, she was a Permanent Secretary (PS) serving in a total of six ministries including:
• Ministry of Women, Youth & Sports (May 2002 – February 2003
• Ministry of Home Affairs (February 2003 – July 2004).
• Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace (July 2004 – February 2006).
• Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (February 2006 – March 2007).
• Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (March 2007 to June 2017).
• Ministry of Justice & Legal Affairs (June 2017-July 31st, 2019)
Under Ethel’s leadership some of Solomon Island’s key social policy advances have been achieved including adoption by the government of the Gender Equality and Women’s Development Policy; the Eliminating Violence against Women Policy; the National Strategy for Women’s Economic Empowerment; the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security; the National Youth Policy; and the National Children’s Policy.

Since retiring Ethel has continued to undertake consultancy work and has progressed into other areas of government and community development. In her consultancy work she applies strategic thinking with an ability to take initiatives and provide oversight. In her public service life, she maximized leadership opportunities to influence gender equality, youth empowerment and child protection outcomes across the Solomon Islands with some notable results. For example, she was responsible for driving the significant policy shift from a women in development (WID) approach which focuses solely on women to a gender and development (GAD) approach which recognizes that the status of women and girls can only improve if the systemic and systematic barriers between women and men are addressed, and gender inequality is redressed. She continues these endeavours in her current consultancy practice.

Ethel has worked with HRDA on reviewing the Solomon Islands National Strategic Health Plan.

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Dr Sophia Lin

Associate

Sophia has over ten years’ experience in public health in Australia, Asia-Pacific and East Africa. She was an integral component of the HRH Knowledge Hub team at UNSW where she provided recommendations for policy change or development to Pacific Island Ministries of Health regarding health workforce development. She was central to the HRH data collected on 15 Pacific Island countries, now available on the WHO and HRDA websites as HRH Country Profiles. Some pertinent HRH Hub publications by Dr Lin include:
Lin S, 2014, Human Resources for Health Country Profiles: Kiribati
Lin S, 2014, Human Resources for Health Country Profiles: Marshall Islands
Lin S, 2014, Human Resources for Health Country Profiles: Solomon Island
Lin S, 2014, Human Resources for Health Country Profiles: Tonga
Lin S, 2013, Human Resources for Health Country Profiles: Republic of Vanuatu
Lin S, 2013, Human Resources for Health Country Profiles: Tokelau
She is currently a Lecturer in the UNSW School of Population Health and maintains an active research portfolio in the areas of monitoring and evaluation of health and social wellbeing programs, chronic disease prevention and control, and public health education and training. Publications relevant to human health resources include:
Wiseman V, Lagarde M, Batura N, Lin S, Irava W, Roberts G. Measuring inequalities in the distribution of the Fiji Health Workforce. International Journal for Equity in Health. 2017;16:115-122
McKimm J, Newton MP, Da Silva A, Campbell J, Kafoa B, Kiriton R, Lin S, Roberts G. Accreditation of healthcare professional education programs: a review of international trends and current approaches in Pacific Island countries. Pacific Health Dialogue 2012;18(2):28-41.
Roberts G, Lin S, Asimus L. Universal coverage and incentives to work in rural and remote areas of the Pacific. Pacific Health Dialogue 2012;18(2):78-83.

Dr Anar Ulikpan

Dr Anar Ulikpan

Associate

Anar’s expertise is in primary health care, health systems planning and policy development, aid effectiveness in health, Human Resource development policy in health and developing training curricula for health managers in resource limited setting.
Her experience includes working within in the Mongolian Ministry of Health in health policy and reform and Hospital autonomy. As part of the Health Sector Master Plan Project Anar worked on health sector reform and aid coordination, developing health sector priorities and delivered training to health managers in health planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation. She was also involved in the development of the Human Resource policy for Mongolian health sector.
In more recent years Anar has worked in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and as a Health Service Evaluator and Researcher.
Anar originally started as a General Practitioner in the clinical setting which also included outreach work and she has worked within the NGO sector in primary health care and screening of health needs of vulnerable populations.