Jackie Cumming

Director – Health Services Research Centre School of Government

Courses

Teaching in 2017

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Qualifications

  • BA, French and Economics Auck
  • MA (1st class Hons), Economics Auck
  • Dip Health Econ Tromso
  • PhD, Public Policy VUW

Research Interests

  • Health sector policy and reform;
  • Health services evaluation;
  • Health economics

Profile

Jackie Cumming became Director of the Health Services Research Centre in 2001. She originally joined the Centre as a Research Fellow in 1993. She has qualifications in both economics and public policy. Jackie previously worked for a number of government departments and agencies, including the Public Health Commission and the Department/Ministry of Health, and spent time on secondment to the Health Services Taskforce and the Core Services Committee secretariat. Her research interests include health economics and health policy issues, particularly priority setting, core services, economic evaluation and health services structures and policy.

Her PhD in Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington focused on the theory and practice of defining core health services.

As well as managing the Centre, she is working on a number of projects at the Centre, including projects on assessing the impact of recent health reforms, evaluating the Primary Health Care Strategy, hospital outcomes, and on waiting times for elective surgery.

Publications

Journal contribution - research article

  • Tenbensel T, Mays N, Cumming J M, 'A successful mix of hierarchy and collaboration? Interpreting the 2001 reform of the governance of the New Zealand public health system', Policy and Politics, 39, 2, 2011, pp. 239-255.
  • Pledger M, Cumming J M, Burnette M, Daube J, 'Unmet need of GP services in Pacific people and other New Zealanders', New Zealand Medical Journal, 124, 1334, May (2011).
  • Cumming J M, Mays N, 'New Zealand's Primary Health Care Strategy: Early effects of the new financing and payment system for general practice and future challenges', Health Economics, Policy and Law, 6, 2011, pp. 1-21.
  • Cumming J M, Stillman S E, Liang Y, Poland M A, Hannis G, 'The Determinants of GP Visits in New Zealand', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34, 5, February (2010), pp. 451-457.
  • Cumming J M, Mays N, Daube J E, 'How New Zealand has Contained Expenditure on Drugs', BMJ, 340, 7758, May (2009).
  • Barnett P, Tenbensel T, Cumming J M, Clayden C F, Ashton T, Pledger M, Burnette M E, 'Implementing New Modes of Governance in the New Zealand Health System: An empirical study', Health Policy, 93 (2009), pp. 118-127.
  • Coster G, Mays N, Scott C, Cumming J, 'The Impact of Health Needs Assessment and Prioritisation on District Health Board Planning in New Zealand', The International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 24, 4, December (2009), pp. 276-289.
  • Cumming J M, 'Putting Population Health into Practice Through Primary Health Care', New Zealand Medical Journal, 122, 1290 (2009), pp. 98-104.
  • Matheson A, Dew K, Cumming J, 'Complexity, Evaluation and the Effectiveness of Community-based Interventions to Reduce Health Inequalities', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 20, 3, December (2009), pp. 221-226.
  • Ashton T, Tenbensel T, Cumming J M, Barnett P, 'Decentralizing resource allocation: Early experiences with District Health Boards in New Zealand', Journal of Health Services Research Policy, 13, 2 (2008), pp. 109-115.
  • Cumming J, Mays N, 'New Zealand's Primary Health Care Strategy: Early effects of the new financing and payment system for general practice and future challenges', Health Economics, Policy and Law, November (2009), pp. 1-21.