Details of invited speakers will be added as arrangements are confirmed. We are confident our speakers will provide the inspiration, motivation and momentum to make HSRAANZ 2019 a great event.

International Speakers

C Bourassa

Dr. Carrie Bourassa
IIPH Scientific Director, College of Medicine, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canada

Dr. Bourassa is the Scientific Director of CIHR's Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH). Through IIPH, she leads the advancement of a national health research agenda to improve and promote the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada. First housed in the Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury, the Institute is now operating from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

Dr. Carrie Bourassa spent over 15 years as a professor of Indigenous health studies in the Department of Indigenous Health, Education and Social Work at the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) in Regina.

Dr. Bourassa is a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada and a public member of the Royal College Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In 2012, Dr. Bourassa won the Wiichihiwayshinawn Foundation Inc. Métis Award in Health and Science. Dr. Bourassa is Métis and belongs to the Riel Métis Council of Regina Inc. (RMCR, Local #34). She earned her Master of Arts degree in political science and Ph.D. in social studies at the University of Regina


Richard Cookson

Professor Richard Cookson
Centre for Health Economics, University of York, UK

Richard Cookson is a Professor at the Centre for Health Economics.

Richard’s research focuses on equity in health and health care and is summarised in this 15-minute YorkTalk and his inaugural lecture. He has developed health equity indicators for the NHS methods of equity-informative economic evaluation and is currently conducting a five-year fellowship research programme the health equity impacts of organisations and interventions

Richard is an Honorary Public Health Academic, Public Health England and a member of the NHS Outcomes Framework Technical Advisory Group OFTAG). He served on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence(NICE) Technology Appraisal Committee from 2002-7 and the Public Health Interventions Advisory Committee from 2007-9, and was seconded to the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit in the Treasury in 2010. He helped set up the UK Health Equity Network in 1999, organised a University of York Health Strategy Forum for senior health executives in 2010, and co-chaired the economics sub-group for the Marmot review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European region from 2010-12. He edited the public health section of the Elsevier On-Line Encyclopedia of Health Economics from 2012-14, and from 2011-13 edited the collected works of Tony Culyer and Jonathan Bradshaw and published them in free e-book editions.

Richard holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a DPhil in Economics from the University of York, and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford. After completing his doctorate, he worked at the Centre for Health Economics (1997-8), the London School of Economics LSE Health and Social Care (1998-00), the University of East Anglia School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice (2000-6) and the University of York Department of Social Policy and Social Work (2006-10).