Lesley is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include health care reform in Australia and the US, mental health, Indigenous health, addressing health disparities and health budget issues. Lesley has substantial experience working in health policy in the United States and Australia, both in and out of government. In 2009-12 she worked in Washington DC on a range of issues around the enactment and implementation of President Obama’s health care reforms, initially as a Visiting Fellow at the Center for American Progress and later as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Surgeon General in the Department of Health and Human Services.



blog posts


Budget 2018/19 - Indigenous women have few wins and more than their share of losses in the federal budget


The impact of the 2016-2017 budget on Indigenous affairs

Social Service Futures: the marketisation of health services: when political mantras win out over evidence and patients' needs

The price of medical miracles in hospitals: time for a culture change


Competition in healthcare: myth, mantra, or mandate?