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Sonja Hall

2005-06 Harkness Fellow Health services researcher Senior government adviser Lecturer in health systems, policy and economics School of Population Health The University of Western Australia

Harkness Project Title: 

Breast and Colorectal Cancer Screening and Care for Disadvantaged Groups:  The Role of Non-Government Organizations in Bridging the Research-to-Policy Gap

Mentors: Ernest Moy, M.D., and Carolyn Clancy, M.D.

Placement: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Biography at time of Harkness Fellowship: Sonĵa Hall, Ph.D., a 2005-06 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy, is a health services researcher, senior government adviser and a lecturer in health systems, policy and economics in the School of Population Health at The University of Western Australia. She has a strong interest in health care inequalities, culminating in a Ph.D. on health care inequalities and outcomes in Western Australia after a diagnosis of cancer. Her other research interests are in the effectiveness and equity of health services for various disadvantaged groups, including children with disabilities, frail older adults, people from low socioeconomic groups, those living in rural areas, and those without private health insurance. As a strong advocate for transferring research into practice and policy, she has advised various government and non-government organizations on the policy implications of her work. She has published extensively on health care for disadvantaged groups and other social justice issues and in the fields of health economics and management.

Project: Hall investigated why advocacy organizations have been successful in changing breast cancer screening and treatment policy for disadvantaged groups, but not for colorectal cancer.  She identified and interviewed cancer advocates about the historical, present, and future issues surrounding advocacy, and triangulated those views with senior government officials’.  

Career Activity Since Fellowship

  • Interim Executive Director, Queensland Productivity Commission, July 2016-January 2017
  • Executive Director and Professor , Health Collaborative Research Network & Professorial Research Fellow, CQUniversity, 2011
  • Chief Executive, The Youth Cancer Fund, 2011
  • Deputy Chief Executive, Bureau of Health Information, 2010
  • Senior Adviser, Australian Department of Health & Ageing, 2010
  • Department of Health & Human Services; Chair, Interdepartmental Committee on COAG and NHHRC, 2009
  • National Partnership Agreement Steering Committee, 2009
  • Director, Policy, Strategy and Service Planning, Department of Health & Human Services, 2009
  • Council of Australian Governments, National Partnership Agreement Implementation Steering Committee, 2009
  • Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council, Health Policy Priorities Principal Committee and sub-committees, 2009
  • Council of Australian Governments, Working Group on Indigenous Reform and the Optimising Service Delivery Sub-Group, 2009
  • Senior Adviser and Director, Department of Health & Ageing, 2006
  • Program Director Health Sciences, Practice & Policy, The University of Queensland, 2006
  • Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, School of Population Health and the Dental School, The University of Western Australia, 2006

  • Current Positions: 

  • Adjunct Professor, Queensland University of Technology 
  • Board Director, West Moreton Hospital and Health Service
  • Senior Partner, SPH Business Consulting
  • Regional Clinical Council, Brisbane South PHN
  • Assistant Editor, Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association
  • Human Ethics Research Committee Member, Bellberry

  • E-mail:
     [email protected]