Belinda Lawton is a PhD candidate at Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. Belinda holds a BA with 1st Class Honours and a Master of Arts from Deakin University. She was recently successful in obtaining an Australian Postgraduate Award.
Belinda is a communications specialist who has worked with several health-related NGOs. Her specific interest in hospitals developed while she was Director of Corporate Affairs for the Hospital of Hope Timor-Leste. She has worked in Thailand and Bangladesh with The Alliance for Safe Children and was the National Communications Manager for the Royal Life Saving Society Australia.
Her thesis will explore the operation of non-government, not-for-profit hospitals and large-scale clinics in developing countries. Her aim is that this research will have a tangible, practical impact on this area of health policy. This aligns with the Menzies Centre for Health Policy vision that Australia and our neighbouring regions have health policies and systems that aim to deliver safe, high quality health care that is sustainable in the long term.