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Mark Booth

2006-07 Harkness Fellow Senior Health Advisor to the New Zealand Minister of Health

Harkness Project Title: Analysis of the Health Care Policy Responses to Population Aging in New Zealand and the United States

Mentor: Vincent Mor, Ph.D.

Placement: Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, Brown University

Biography at time of Harkness Fellowship: Mark Booth, a 2006–07 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy, is the senior health advisor to the New Zealand Minister of Health (on secondment). Previously, he was a manager within the Sector Policy Directorate of the New Zealand Ministry of Health. He has responsibility for the provision of strategic policy advice to the Minister of Health on health funding issues, therapeutics and social policy. Prior to moving to New Zealand in 1999, he lived and worked in the U.K. He was a research student in health economics at the University of Manchester and a research fellow at the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York. Following this he spent a number of years working for the NHS both as a manager and as a private sector management consultant. He has had publications in a number of journals and books and has particular interests in health funding, prioritization issues and health needs assessment. Booth holds a master's degree in economics from the University of Manchester; an executive master's degree in public administration from the Australian and New Zealand School of Government and a diploma in public health from the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Project: Mark Booth looked at the long-term care needs of the elderly population, the associated funding issues, and the policy responses within New Zealand and the United States.  He helped develop a survey of long-term care experts in both the U.S. and New Zealand regarding their views on the challenges facing long-term care, funding, linking individuals and services, culture change, and workforce issues.


Career Activity Since Fellowship

  • CEO, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, 2017
  • First Assistant Secretary, Health Systems Policy, Australian Department of Health and Ageing, 2011
  • Assistant Secretary, Department of Health and Ageing (Canberra, Australia), 2010
  • Group Manager, Health & Disability Systems Strategy Directorate, Ministry of Health
  • Senior Health Advisor to the Minister of Health, New Zealand, 2007

Current Position: (updated 10/2017)

  • CEO, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand

E-mail: [email protected]

Selected Publications:

Booth M, Springett A, Nash S, Banks C. Three approaches to delivering end-of-life education to care homes in a region of south east England. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2014 Jan 24;20(1):27-35.

Kutcher MA, Brennan JM, Rao SV, Dai D, Anstrom KJ, Mustafa N, Sedrakayan A, Booth ME, Douglas PS, Messenger JC. Comparative effectiveness of drug-eluting stents on long-term outcomes in elderly patients treated for in-stent restenosis: A report from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry. Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2014 Feb 1;83(2):171-81.

Lam AH, Kim DD, Cutfield R, Walker C, Booth M. Long-term outcomes in gastric bypass patients with and without type 2 diabetes--Waitemata District Health Board experience. N Z Med J. 2013 Nov 22;126(1386):21-30.

Booth M, Courtnell T. Developing competencies and training to enable senior nurses to take on full responsibility for DNACPR processes. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2012 Apr;18(4):189-95.

Clarke MG, Barr M, Booth M. ABC approach to history taking in the bariatric patient. ANZ J Surg. 2012 Mar;82(3):184.

Miller EA, Booth M, Mor V.  “Assessing Experts’ Views of the Future of Long-Term Care,” NZ Med J 2008 Nov 28; 12(1286):38-56.  

Miller EA, Booth M, Mor V. “Meeting the demographic challenges ahead: toward culture change in an ageing New Zealand,” Australia and New Zealand Health Policy 2008; 5(5).

Booth M, Mor V. “Long-Term Care in the USA:  Lessons for New Zealand?” Social Policy Journal of New Zealand 2007: 32.

Booth M, Miller EA, Mor V. “Through the Looking Glass: Toward a Brighter future for Long-term Care in a Greying New Zealand,” The New Zealand Medical Journal 2007; 120(1249). 

Miller S, Shield R, Mor V, Teno J, Lima J, Smith L, Grossman N, Booth M.  “Palliative Care / Hospice for Persons with Terminal and / or Chronic Progressive Illness:  The Role of State and Federal Policies in Shaping Access and Quality for Persons Receiving Long Term Care.”  Report to JEHT Foundation, May 2007.