Gillian Le

Gillian Le
University of Melbourne | MSD · Nossal Institute for Global Health

PhD Anthropology

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Introduction
Trained in anthropology and always interested in what's happening at the grassroots, I currently specialize in verification of innovative health system financing modalities as well as working on wider governance and financing issues for health systems in the ASEAN economies.
Additional affiliations
April 2011 - December 2015
University of Leeds
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • Projects: HESVIC (medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/info/691/research/338/hesvic); CHEPSAA (hpsa-africa.org); PERFORM (performconsortium.com); WHAT WORKS (rebuildconsortium.com/themes/additional-research-themes/access-to-obstetric-care-referral/)
April 2011 - present
University of Leeds
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Lecture on Health Policy and Development; Health Systems in Fragile States; Maternal and Reproductive Health; Research Methodologies
May 2010 - February 2014
Consultancy
Position
  • Senior Researcher
Education
April 2006 - April 2010
Australian National University
Field of study
  • Anthropology
September 2000 - June 2001
SOAS, University of London
Field of study
  • Southeast Asian Studies (Economic Development)
September 1996 - June 1999
Durham University
Field of study
  • Anthropology

Publications

Publications (17)
Technical Report
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Between 2015 and 2020, the Ministry of Health in the Lao PDR implemented a performance-based financing project. External verification by an academic independent verification agency was required to provide satisfactory evidence of achievement of performance targets in order to disburse project funds. This paper documents the experience of external v...
Technical Report
Between 2015 and 2020, the Ministry of Health in the Lao PDR implemented a performance-based financing project in the high-priority area of maternal and child health services. In a first for the country, a disbursement linked indicator (DLI) modality was used for the service delivery component of the project, financed by several development partner...
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Background: This paper explores the changing experience of giving birth in Cambodia over a 53-year period. During this time, Cambodian people experienced armed conflict, extreme privation, foreign invasion, and civil unrest. Methods: An historical perspective was used to explore the changing place and nature of birth assistance given to Cambodia...
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Donor transition is an important aspect of sustaining the impact of donor investments after financial support has ceased. This article compares, contrasts, and critiques the transition policies of the top health donors in the Asia Pacific, which includes Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, Gavi–the Vaccine Alliance, World Bank (In...
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Globally, traditional medicine has long been used to address relatively common illness, mental ill health and during childbirth and post-natal care. However, traditional medicine is primarily provided by the private sector and it is unclear how far expenditures on traditional medicine contribute to household impoverishment. A life history method wa...
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Maternal death remains high in low resource settings. Current literature on obstetric referral that sets out to tackle maternal death tends to focus on problematization. We took an alternative approach and rather asked what works in contemporary obstetric referral a low income setting to find out if positive inquiry could generate original insights...
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Action research (AR) can be an effective form of ‘on the job’ training. However, it is critical that AR cycles can be appropriately recorded in order to contribute to reflection and learning. One form of recording is for coresearchers to keep a diary. We found no previous literature describing the use of diaries in AR in sub-Saharan Africa. We ther...
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Maternal death is one of the highest causes of global mortality. Governments have long used regulation to improve maternal health but concurrent fiscal-decentralisation reforms can undermine clinical performance. This article focuses on public Vietnamese hospitals to explore how regulatory compliance is pursued in decentralised health facilities, s...
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Background The importance of health policy and systems research and analysis (HPSR + A) has been increasingly recognised, but it is still unclear how most effectively to strengthen the capacity of the different organisations involved in this field. Universities are particularly crucial but the expansive literature on capacity development has little...
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The importance of health policy and systems research and analysis (HPSR+A) has been increasingly recognised, but it is still unclear how most effectively to strengthen the capacity of the different organisations involved in this field. Universities are particularly crucial but the expansive literature on capacity development has little to offer the...
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The importance of health policy and systems research and analysis (HPSR+A) is widely recognised. Universities are central to strengthening and sustaining the HPSR+A capacity as they teach the next generation of decision-makers and health professionals. However, little is known about the capacity of universities, specifically, to develop the field....
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The importance of health policy and systems research and analysis (HPSR+A) is widely recognized. Universities are central to strengthening and sustaining the HPSR+A capacity as they teach the next generation of decision-makers and health professionals. However, little is known about the capacity of universities, specifically, to develop the field....
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Government regulation of health professionals is believed to ensure the efficacy and expertise of practitioners for and on behalf of patients. Certification and licensing are two common means to do so, legalizing a physician to practice medicine. However, ethnography from Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) suggests that in corrupt socioeconomic environments,...
Poster
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This Emergency Obstetric Care poster gives a flavour of the wider HESVIC research.

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Projects

Projects (6)
Archived project
Verify reported achievement on the Health Governance & Nutrition Development Project 2015-2020 in order to support disbursement decisions on project funds.
Archived project
The Asia Pacific region is in a state of transition. Despite great economic, social, and cultural diversity across the region, almost all countries have experienced economic and population growth thereby changing their World Bank income status. Several major donors use the transition from LIC to LMIC status to determine eligibility for resource allocation including UNFPA allocations to family planning. This project undertook three cases studies on donor transition in Lao PDR, Cambodia, and East Timor to understand UNFPA's opportunities and challenges for transition in these countries.
Archived project
A Literature Review in Support of the WHO Strategy on High Quality, People-centred and Integrated Care to Achieve Universal Health Coverage.