Professor Michael Woods is a Professor of Health Economics at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation at the University of Technology Sydney and Visiting Scholar at the Australian National University. He is a member of the Aged Care Financing Authority.
Professor Woods’ research focus is on aged care reform, the delivery of palliative care, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the health workforce and the economics and financing of health systems. He draws on current and developing sources of health information and on novel data linkages to undertake health research and develop policy. In 2016 he was appointed as the Independent Reviewer for COAG Health Council Commissioned Review of the Workforce Education Accreditation System under National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
Professor Woods was previously Deputy Chairman of the Productivity Commission and Presiding Commissioner on over 20 national Inquiries. He led several landmark reports including Caring for Older Australians, Science and Innovation and Australia’s Health Workforce. Since 2001 he has held senior research and policy advisory roles in East and South East Asia, including as a Senior Expert to assist the OECD’s outreach to ASEAN (2016-17) and as a Staff Consultant to the World Bank, advising Vietnam on re-setting its Growth Strategy (2018–19).
Previously Professor Woods was the Under Treasurer for the Australian Capital Territory, guiding the development of the ACT’s economic policy and fiscal management. Professor Woods holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma in Education, Canberra College of Advanced Education 1974.