Lesley Russell


Lesley Russell returned to Australia in October 2012, after three years in Washington DC where she worked on a range of issues around the enactment and implementation of health care reform, initially as a Visiting Fellow at the Center for American Progress (known as the 'Obama think tank') and later as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Surgeon General in the Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr Russell has substantial experience working in health policy in the United States and Australia, both in and out of government. She was previously the inaugural Menzies Foundation Fellow at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) and a Research Associate at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Prior to that she was a health policy advisor to the Federal ALP. She worked for seven years as health policy advisor on the Energy and Commerce Committee in the US House of Representatives.




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13 Apr 2018

America’s opioid crisis won’t be solved by the Mexican wall and capital punishment. Meanwhile, deaths keep rising, and Australia isn’t immune, writes Lesley Russell.

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7 Apr 2018

Are you brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes a time? According to a new report, a lot of Australians aren't.


15 Dec 2017

Governments have yet to create a coherent strategy to help the almost three million Australians providing informal care, writes Lesley Russell.


27 Nov 2017

The growing dominance of private providers has led to lower standards of care. But will baby boomers put up with it?


30 Oct 2017

The Productivity Commission’s healthcare recommendations might not go far enough, but they could still be too bold for the government, writes Lesley Russell.

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