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DR [name], CO-CHAIR

Director, Division of Health Sector Development, Western Pacific Region, World Health Organisation

Responsible for the Division of Health Systems at the regional office and for technical support to countries and WHO country offices in a wide range of health system issues, including universal health coverage, health policy and planning, health financing, health workforce, health information systems, health system research, pharmaceuticals, medical technologies, traditional medicine, service delivery and quality, health law and regulation, and community engagement. Cross-cutting issues covered in the division include sustainable development goals, social determinants of health, equity, human rights and gender. Dr Vivian has more than 30 years' experience in health policy and program development, health planning, and public health teaching and research.

Abstract - The influence of research on policy and practice to support the integration of traditional medicine in health care

The integration of traditional medicine in health care has often been challenged by the notion of ‘evidence’. In recent years, the discourse and advocacy for integration of traditional medicine with mainstream health systems has become more prominent with the adoption of universal health coverage as a global aspiration for all countries. This is reflected in the WHO Global Strategy for Traditional Medicine. The country level, however, the meaning of, and the drivers for, integration vary.

PROFESSOR [name]

Director, Division of Health Sector Development, Western Pacific Region, World Health Organisation

Responsible for the Division of Health Systems at the regional office and for technical support to countries and WHO country offices in a wide range of health system issues, including universal health coverage, health policy and planning, health financing, health workforce, health information systems, health system research, pharmaceuticals, medical technologies, traditional medicine, service delivery and quality, health law and regulation, and community engagement. Cross-cutting issues covered in the division include sustainable development goals, social determinants of health, equity, human rights and gender. Dr Vivian has more than 30 years' experience in health policy and program development, health planning, and public health teaching and research. She was previously Professor of Public Health and Head of the School of Public Health at La Trobe University, in Melbourne, and is the author of several leading public health textbooks in Australia and numerous articles on health issues in Australia, China, and globally. Vivian has also worked at senior levels in health policy in several Australian jurisdictions and in intergovernmental relations, including as Executive Officer of the National Public Health Partnership. She has also consulted widely for the World Bank, UK Dept for International Development, AusAID as well as the WHO, and served on multiple academic, government, community and editorial boards.

Abstract - The influence of research on policy and practice to support the integration of traditional medicine in health care

The integration of traditional medicine in health care has often been challenged by the notion of ‘evidence’. In recent years, the discourse and advocacy for integration of traditional medicine with mainstream health systems has become more prominent with the adoption of universal health coverage as a global aspiration for all countries. This is reflected in the WHO Global Strategy for Traditional Medicine. The country level, however, the meaning of, and the drivers for, integration vary. The policy pathways are, therefore, complex to navigate, and raises the question of the nature of evidence required for policy-making. This talk will consider the meaning and drivers of debates about ‘evidence’ and ‘integration’, and in reviewing selected developments in countries in the Western Pacific Region, discuss what evidence matters for policy-making. Some suggestions will be made about the types of research that matters and how to link research with policy and practice.

Dr [name]

Director, Division of Health Sector Development, Western Pacific Region, World Health Organisation

Responsible for the Division of Health Systems at the regional office and for technical support to countries and WHO country offices in a wide range of health system issues, including universal health coverage, health policy and planning, health financing, health workforce, health information systems, health system research, pharmaceuticals, medical technologies, traditional medicine, service delivery and quality, health law and regulation, and community engagement. Cross-cutting issues covered in the division include sustainable development goals, social determinants of health, equity, human rights and gender. Dr Vivian has more than 30 years' experience in health policy and program development, health planning, and public health teaching and research.

Abstract - The influence of research on policy and practice to support the integration of traditional medicine in health care

The integration of traditional medicine in health care has often been challenged by the notion of ‘evidence’. In recent years, the discourse and advocacy for integration of traditional medicine with mainstream health systems has become more prominent with the adoption of universal health coverage as a global aspiration for all countries. This is reflected in the WHO Global Strategy for Traditional Medicine. The country level, however, the meaning of, and the drivers for, integration vary.