Ben Harris-Roxas has been a consultant since 2011, operating his own consultancy and working for other companies. Prior that he worked as a Research Fellow in the at the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at the University of New South Wales, where he is still a Conjoint Lecturer.
Ben specialises in health impact assessment (HIA), program evaluation, capacity building and communications. Ben has worked with clients from Commonwealth, state and local governments as well as with NSW local health districts, private sector clients, universities and non-governmental organisations. He has supported and conducted more than 30 HIAs and trained more than 600 people in health impact assessment.
Ben has a PhD from the University of New South Wales on the effectiveness of health impact assessment in health service planning. He also has a Master of Policy and Applied Social Research degree from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of New South Wales.
Ben has been an investigator on research projects funded by the Australian Research Council, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He has published 26 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and is an Associate Editor for BMC Public Health and Environmental Impact Assessment Review. He is a member of the Croakey Health and Medical Panel, which is a prominent Australian blog dealing with health service and public health issues.
Ben is currently Health Section Co-Chair of the International Association for Impact Assessment and is a member of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education’s Global Working Group on HIA. He is also a member of the NSW Committee of the Australasian Evaluation Society. Ben has advised the World Health Organization’s Centre for Health Development and the Western Pacific Regional Office on HIA and intersectoral action for health. He is a member of the Society of Practitioners of HIA and has served on its steering committee.
He is actively involved in using social media in population health. He established the Health Impact Assessment Blog and co-founded the Healthcare and Social Media Australia and New Zealand group.
A list of Ben’s publications is available on the resources page.