Reminder: Apply for a 2009-10 Packer Policy Fellowship

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<p>On behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, The Commonwealth Fund is pleased to announce the <a href="/fellowships/fellowships_list.htm?attrib_id=9158">2009-10 Packer Policy Fellowship,</a> an Australian-American health policy fellowship program.<br><br>The Packer Policy Fellowships offer a unique opportunity for outstanding, mid-career U.S. professionals--academics, physicians, decision makers in managed care and other private health care organizations, federal and state health officials, and journalists--to spend up to 10 months in Australia conducting research and working with leading Australian health policy experts on issues relevant to both countries.<br><br>In addition to undertaking original policy research, fellows will participate in seminars and policy briefings, which include meetings with senior officials at the commonwealth and state levels, ministerial officers, service providers, academics, and other stakeholders in the public and private sectors. At the end of their tenure, fellows produce a report and present project findings to senior government officials and policy experts at a final reporting seminar.<br><br>Interested candidates must submit a formal application, including a project proposal that falls within an area of mutual policy interest to Australia and the United States, such as: health care quality and safety, the private/public mix of insurance and providers, the fiscal sustainability of health systems, management of health care delivery, the health care workforce, and investment in preventive care strategies. U.S. Citizenship is a requirement for eligibility.<br><br><strong>The deadline for receipt of applications for the 2009-10 fellowships is August 15, 2008.</strong><br><br>For further information on the 2008-09 Packer Policy Fellowships and to obtain an application, please see <a href="/fellowships/"></a&gt;. For questions, contact Robin Osborn, The Commonwealth Fund, by phone, 212-606-3809, or e-mail: <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected].</a></p&gt;