Jeffrey Braithwaite

Foundation director, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, UNSW

Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite is a leading health services organisational researcher with an international reputation for his work investigating the culture and structure of acute settings, leadership, management and change in health sector organisations, quality and safety in health care, accreditation and surveying processes in international context and the restructuring of health services.

Professor Braithwaite is well known for bringing management and leadership concepts and evidence into the clinical arena and he has published extensively (more than 200 refereed contributions, and 300 total publications) about organisational, social and team approaches to care which has raised the importance of these here and internationally. He has presented at international and national conferences, workshops, symposia and meetings on more than 300 occasions.

Theories and ideas he has helped shape, formulate or devise, and provided research findings for, are now in common use as a result of his work: multi-method, triangulated approaches to research, the boundary-less hospital, accreditation models in general practice and beyond, clinician-managers as key players in reform initiatives, fundamental principles for the governance of health systems, diversity in clinical professional groups, inter-professional learning and culture change rather than restructuring as a more sustainable strategy for reform.

His empirical results have exposed the distinctive attitudes of clinical professional groups, how clinician-managers enact their leadership responsibilities, the relationships between efficiencies and structural type of teaching hospitals, the behavioural displays of clinicians in service structures and the status of system-wide patient safety improvement initiatives. Professor Braithwaite is the recipient as at the end of 2008 of career research funding of $31 million spread over 45 grants; total new research funding and grants in the last five years amounts to $27 million over 34 grants; 70% of this grant funding is category one, peer-reviewed, chiefly ARC and NHMRC funding. He referees for 30 journals and the health research bodies of Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom as well as for many international conferences and symposia.

He publishes in the leading journals in three convergent fields and thus expresses his work at a unique intersection of organisational studies, health services research and clinical care. Journals he contributes to include the British Medical Journal, The Lancet and Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine; Health Services Management Research, Quality and Safety In Health Care, International Journal of Quality in Health Care and Social Science & Medicine; and Organisational Studies, International Journal of Health Planning and Management and Journal of Health, Organisation and Management.


  • –present
    Foundation director, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, University of New South Wales


    UNE, BA