Adam Elshaug, MPH, PhD

Co-Director, Menzies Centre for Health Policy

Adam Elshaug, MPH, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Health Care Policy and Co-Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney Medical School in Australia. He is an internationally-recognized researcher and policy advisor with expertise in reducing waste and optimizing value in health care. As Senior Fellow at Lown Institute, Dr. Elshaug is lending his expertise in addressing low-value health care to several Right Care Alliance initiatives. This includes identifying the needs in the area of low-value care and was a co-lead on The Lancet Right Care series.

Dr. Elshaug works closely with government and third party payers in health care to design and implement reforms aimed at optimizing heath care safety and value. In Australia he sits on 5 national advisory committees including as a Ministerial appointee to a Taskforce reviewing Medicare Australia’s entire fee-for-service schedule through an appropriateness lens. Previous roles include The Commonwealth Fund’s Inaugural Visiting Fellow in New York City, NHMRC Sidney Sax Public Health Fellow in the Department of Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School, and The Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow based at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in Washington, D.C.

My Sessions

Measuring Overuse Panel


We know low-value care matters, but what is the best way to measure it? How are overuse measurement tools being used in the field right now and what are the results? In our featured Measuring Overuse Panel, hear about how Massachusetts, Washington, and Virginia are using innovative measurement tools to assess overuse in provider networks, the […]

Low-Value Care Next Health System

Dear Senator Sanders: How Australia is tackling overuse

Presidential Ballroom

Structurally Australia’s health care system is surprisingly similar to that of the US. Despite this Australia maintains one of the world’s highest performing health care systems in terms of efficiency and outcomes, according to a suite of metrics compiled by the OECD and others. This standing is ever-fragile, however, as the ripple effects from health […]

Low-Value Care