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State Health Research and Policy Interest Group Meeting
Health services researchers, policy professionals, and practitioners will come together on June 26, 2010, to discuss state-level research and its interaction with state policy. The State Health Research and Policy Interest Group meeting is held in conjunction with AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. For information on how to register for the meeting, please see the Interest Group Web site.

2011-12 Australian-American Health Policy Fellowship Open for Applicants
On behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, The Commonwealth Fund is pleased to announce the 2011-12 Australian-American Health Policy Fellowship. The deadline for receipt of applications is August 15, 2010.

The Australian-American Health Policy Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for outstanding, mid-career U.S. professionals—academics, government officials, clinical leaders, decision-makers in managed care and other private health care organizations, 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. The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing hopes to enrich health policy thinking as fellows study how Australia approaches health policy issues, share lessons learned from the United States, and develop an international perspective and network of contacts to facilitate exchange and collaboration that extends beyond the fellowship experience.

The fellowship is structured around mutual areas of interest, such as health care quality and safety, the private/public mix of insurance and providers, fiscal sustainability of health systems, management and efficiency of health care delivery, health care workforce, and investment in preventive care strategies. Applicants' proposals should address one of the program's areas of interest and clearly demonstrate: the intention to combine research and practical experience; the relevance to both the United States and Australia; achievable outcomes, given the duration of the placement; and the potential to advance policy in Australia and the United States. U.S. citizenship is a requirement for eligibility.

For further information on the 2011-12 Australian-American Health Policy Fellowships and to obtain an application, please see Please direct questions to Robin Osborn of The Commonwealth Fund (tel.: 212-606-3809; e-mail: [email protected]).

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