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SRW Pat Turner Scholarship 2021

Sharna Bartley

Services Australia

Australian National University

Master of Public Policy

From Services Australia, Sharna is a proud Wuluwarra and Pitta Pitta woman, born and raised in Mount Isa Queensland. Sharna began her career in the public service as an APS2 and has since secured a wealth of knowledge through various jobs in service delivery; fraud and compliance; business improvement; human resources; parliamentary services, and; agency transformation.

Throughout her career Sharna has observed significant gaps between the intent of policy, to the delivery on the ground. Sharna aims to utilise the Master of Public Policy to empower her with the knowledge to close the divide between policy intent and program delivery.

Her goal is to support the public service to establish a best practice for seeking input from end users and communities in the development and implementation of policy and programs.

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SRW Pat Turner Scholarship 2022

Natalie Bryant

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Australian National University

PhD title: Equity and methods for calculating Indigenous adjustments for resource allocation in hospital-based healthcare

Natalie has held a variety of roles across the Commonwealth and NSW public service. She has a strong interest in health and leadership, and is passionate about the development and implementation of programs that provide the best outcomes for all people but particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 Current public hospital funding arrangements consider the cost difference between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and adjust for this in the national funding model (the Indigenous adjustment). This adjustment is based on historical cost differences rather than consideration of actual need and thus is not likely to account for the disparity in outcomes. Natalie’s research will examine equity and methods for calculating Indigenous adjustments for resource allocation in hospital-based healthcare.

Dr Francis Markham
The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation is a partnership between The Australian National University, Charles Darwin University and the Australian Public Service.