Diane E. Watson, Ph.D., M.B.A. (Canada)

2006-07 Harkness Canadian Associate
Research Associate
Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
University of Manitoba

Diane E. Watson

Harkness Project Title: Primary Health and Chronic Illness Care: Canadians Report on Quality and Outcomes

Biography at time of Harkness Fellowship: Diane Watson, a 2006–07 Canadian Associate of The Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy, has a background in health policy, management and evaluation and business administration. She holds a faculty position at the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at the University of British Columbia and is a research associate of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy at the University of Manitoba. She was previously director of research and analysis at the Health Council of Canada and, prior to that, associate director of the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Watson received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and her M.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden.

Project: Diane Watson worked on a project to report experiences that Canadians, particularly those with chronic health conditions, have with primary care and care for chronic illness.  This was explored through analysis of a 2007 nationally representative survey, undertaken by Statistics Canada.  Participants were selected from those who completed the 2005 Canadian Community Health Survey, allowing for data linkage across the two years.

Career Activity Since Fellowship

  • Chief Executive, National Health Performance Authority, Sydney, Australia, 2012
  • CEO, Bureau of Health Information, New South Wales, Australia, 2009

Current Position: Chief Executive, National Health Performance Authority (Updated 2/2014)

E-mail: diane.watson@nhpa.gov.au

Selected Publications

Watson DE. “Can a book of charts catalyze improvements in quality? Views of a healthcare alchemist.” Healthc Pap. 2012;12(1):26-31; discussion 50-7.

Watson DE. “Musings on collaborative health policy - 15 years on.” Healthc Pap. 2011;11(2):47-51; discussion 64-7.

Regan S, Wong ST, Watson DE. “Public perspectives on health human resources in primary healthcare: context, choices and change.” Healthc Policy. 2010 Feb;5(3):e162-72.

Board N, Watson DE. “Using what we gather--harnessing information for improved care.” Med J Aust. 2010 Oct 18;193(8 Suppl):S93-4.

Watson DE. “For discussion: a roadmap for population-based information systems to enhance primary healthcare in Canada.” Healthc Policy. 2009 Nov;5 Spec no:105-20.

Wong ST, Watson DE, Young E, Mooney D. “Supply and distribution of primary healthcare registered nurses in British Columbia.” Healthc Policy. 2009 Nov;5 Spec no:91-104.

Watson DE, Peterson S, Young E, Bogdanovic B. “Methods to develop and maintain a valid physician registry in evolving information environments.” Healthc Policy. 2009 Nov;5 Spec no:77-90.

Broemeling AM, Watson DE, Black C, Sabrina TW. “Measuring the performance of primary healthcare: existing capacity and potential information to support population-based analyses.” Healthc Policy. 2009 Nov;5 Spec no:47-64.

Watson DE, Broemeling AM, Wong ST. “A results-based logic model for primary healthcare: a conceptual foundation for population-based information systems.” Healthc Policy. 2009 Nov;5 Spec no:33-46

Watson DE. “The development of a primary healthcare information system to support performance measurement and research in British Columbia.” Healthc Policy. 2009 Nov;5 Spec no:16-30.

Watson DE, McGrail KM. “More doctors or better care?” Healthc Policy. 2009 Aug;5(1):26-31.

Watson DE, McGrail KM. “More doctors or better care?” Healthc Q. 2009;12(4):101-4.

Wong ST, Watson DE, Young E, Regan S. “What Do People Think Is Important about Primary Healthcare?” Healthc Policy. 2008 Feb;3(3):89-104.

Morgan S, Kennedy J, Boothe K, McMahon M, Watson DE, Roughead E. (2009). Toward an understanding of high performance pharmaceutical policy systems: a ‘triple-A’ framework and example analysis. Open Health Services and Policy Journal.

Khan S, McIntosh C. Sanmartin C, Watson D, Leeb K. (2008). Working paper series: Primary health care teams and their impact on processes and outcomes of care. Statistics Canada. Ottawa, ON.

Watson DE. (2008). Performance Measurement and Quality Improvement in Primary Health Care: Lessons for Canada from the Australian Experience. Health Canada. Ottawa, ON.

Broemeling AM, Watson DE, Prebtani F. "Population patterns of chronic health conditions, co-morbidity and health care use in Canada: Implications for policy and practice." Healthcare Quarterly 2008; 11:70-75.

Fixing the Foundation: An Update on Primary Health Care and Home Care Renewal in Canada. Toronto: Health Council Canada. (2008)

 “Canadian Survey of Experiences with Primary Health Care: A Data Supplement to Fixing the Foundation: An Update on Primary Health Care and Home Care Renewal in Canada.” Toronto: Health Council of Canada. (2008).

Why Health Care Renewal Matters: Learning from Canadians with Chronic Health Conditions. Toronto: Health Council of Canada. (2007).

Canadians’ Experiences with Chronic Illness Care in 2007: A Data Supplement to Why Health Care Renewal Matters: Learning from Canadians with Chronic Health Conditions. Toronto: Health Council of Canada. (2007).

Population Patterns of Chronic Health Conditions in Canada: A Data Supplement to Why Health Care Renewal Matters: Learning from Canadians with Chronic Health Conditions. Toronto: Health Council of Canada. (2007).