Augustine Asante

Senior Lecturer

Research Interests:
Dr Augustine Asante is a health economist with 15 years' experience researching in the areas of health financing equity and health systems in low and middle income countries. He has worked extensively in the Asia-Pacific region and sub-Saharan Africa evaluating complex health systems interventions, including assessing the impact of health financing and human resources for health reforms on equity of access to health services. His current research focuses on evaluating health financing and universal health coverage reforms in LMICs to support governments' efforts to achieve UHC and other health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He has led the implementation of health financing and systems research projects in several Asia-Pacific and sub-Saharan African countries, including Cambodia, Fiji, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Rwanda and Ghana. He holds a B.A (Hons) degree from University of Ghana, MSc from Stockholm University (Sweden) and PhD from University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. He has worked as a Consultant Health Economist for the World Bank in Timor-Leste and also consulted on health systems issues for a number of multilateral and bilateral agencies including WHO and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He is the Co-Director of the International Public Health postgraduate program at the UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine and the Co-Lead of the Global Health Research Stream at UNSW. He was the Healthcare Financing Project Coordinator for the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). 

 

Research Areas:
Health Economics and Financing in Low and Middle Income Countries, Health Systems and Policy; Global Health

Qualifications:
BA(Hons), PGDip, MSocSci, MSc, PhD

publications

Journal articles
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Addo IY; Brener L; Asante AD; de Wit J, 2019, 'Socio-cultural beliefs about an ideal body size and implications for risk of excess weight gain after immigration: a study of Australian residents of sub-Saharan African ancestry', Ethnicity and Health, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13557858.2019.1607261
2019
Addo IY; Brener L; Asante AD; de Wit J, 2019, 'Associations of post-migration dietary and physical activity behaviours with acculturation and social cognitive factors: A cross-sectional study of Australian residents born in sub-Saharan Africa', Journal of Ethnic Foods, vol. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s42779-019-0039-x
2019
Asante AD; Ir P; Jacobs B; Supon L; Liverani M; Hayen A; Jan S; Wiseman V, 2019, 'Who benefits from healthcare spending in Cambodia? Evidence for a universal health coverage policy', Health Policy and Planning, vol. 34, pp. i4 - i13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapol/czz011
2019
Asante AD; Jacobs B; Wiseman V, 2019, 'Transforming health systems financing in Lower Mekong: Making sure the poor are not left behind', Health Policy and Planning, vol. 34, pp. i1 - i3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapol/czz098
2019
Ir P; Jacobs B; Asante AD; Liverani M; Jan S; Chhim S; Wiseman V, 2019, 'Exploring the determinants of distress health financing in Cambodia', Health Policy and Planning, vol. 34, pp. i26 - i37, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapol/czz006
2019
Addo IY; Brener L; Asante AD; de Wit J, 2019, 'Determinants of post-migration changes in dietary and physical activity behaviours and implications for health promotion: Evidence from Australian residents of sub-Saharan African ancestry', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol. 30, pp. 62 - 71, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hpja.233
2019
Hall JJ; Ambang T; Asante A; Mapira P; Craig A; Schuele E; Pervaz Iqbal M, 2019, 'Poliomyelitis outbreak in Papua New Guinea: health system and health security implications for PNG and Australia', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 211, pp. 161 - 162.e1, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja2.50283
2019
Guinness L; Paul RC; Martins JS; Asante A; Price J; Hayen A; Wiseman V; Jan S; Soares A, 2018, 'Determinants of health care utilisation: the case of Timor-Leste.', International Health, vol. 10, pp. 412 - 420, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/inthealth/ihy044
2018
Ataguba JE; Asante AD; Limwattananon S; Wiseman V, 2018, 'How to do (or not to do) ... a health financing incidence analysis', Health Policy and Planning, vol. 33, pp. 436 - 444, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapol/czx188
2018
Wiseman V; Thabrany H; Asante A; Haemmerli M; Kosen S; Gilson L; Patcharanarumol W, 2018, 'An evaluation of health systems equity in Indonesia: study protocol', International Journal for Equity in Health, vol. 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12939-018-0822-0
2018
Wiseman V; Asante A; Ir P; Limwattananon S; Jacobs B; Liverani M; Hayen A; Jan S, 2017, 'System-wide analysis of health financing equity in Cambodia: A study protocol', BMJ Global Health, vol. 2, pp. e000153, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2016-000153
2017
Asante AD; Irava W; Limwattananon S; Hayen A; Martins J; Guinness L; Ataguba JE; Price J; Jan S; Mills A; Wiseman V, 2017, 'Financing for universal health coverage in small island states: Evidence from the Fiji Islands', BMJ Global Health, vol. 2, pp. e000200, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2016-000200
2017
Price JA; Guinness L; Irava W; Khan I; Asante A; Wiseman V, 2016, 'How to do (or not to do) ⋯ translation of national health accounts data to evidence for policy making in a low resourced setting', Health Policy and Planning, vol. 31, pp. 472 - 481, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapol/czv089
2016
Hou X; Asante A, 2016, 'Turning Challenges into Opportunities', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1596/25785
2016
Otim ME; Asante AD; Kelaher M; Anderson IP; Jan S, 2016, 'Acceptability of programme budgeting and marginal analysis as a tool for routine priority setting in Indigenous health', The International journal of health planning and management, vol. 31, pp. 277 - 295, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hpm.2287
2016
Asante A; Price J; Hayen A; Jan S; Wiseman V, 2016, 'Equity In Health care financing in low-and middle-income countries: A systematic review of evidence from studies using benefit and financing incidence analyses', PLoS ONE, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0152866
2016
Price JA; Soares AIFS; Asante AD; Martins JS; Williams K; Wiseman VL, 2016, '"I go I die, I stay I die, better to stay and die in my house": understanding the barriers to accessing health care in Timor-Leste', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 16, pp. 1 - 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-016-1762-2
2016
Asante A; Iljanto S; Rule J; Doyle J, 2015, 'Do district health systems perform differently because of their managers? Preliminary insights from Indonesia', HEALTHCARE IN LOW-RESOURCE SETTINGS, vol. 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.4081/hls.2015.4471
2015
Wiseman V; Asante A; Price J; Hayen A; Irava W; Martins J; Guinness L; Jan S, 2015, 'Ten best resources for conducting financing and benefit incidence analysis in resource-poor settings', Health Policy and Planning, vol. 30, pp. 1053 - 1058, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapol/czu108
2015
Otim ME; Asante AD; Kelaher M; Doran CM; Anderson IP, 2015, 'What constitutes benefit from health care interventions for Indigenous Australians?', Australian Aboriginal Studies, pp. 30 - 42
2015
Asante AD; Price J; Hayen A; Irava W; Martins J; Guinness L; Ataguba JE; Limwattananon S; Mills A; Jan S; Wiseman V, 2014, 'Assessment of equity in healthcare financing in Fiji and Timor-Leste: A study protocol', BMJ Open, vol. 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006806
2014
Asante AD; Dewdney J; Martins N; Otim ME, 2014, 'Retaining doctors in rural Timor-Leste: A critical appraisal of opportunities and challenges.', Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 92, pp. 277 - 282, http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.13.123141
2014
Rule J; Ngo DA; Oanh TTM; Asante A; Doyle J; Roberts G; Taylor R, 2013, 'Strengthening primary health care in low- and middle-income countries: Generating evidence through evaluation', Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, vol. 26, pp. 339 - 348, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1010539513503869
2013
Asante AD; Körner H, 2012, 'Knowledge and access are not enough: Hiv risk and prevention among people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in sydney: To the Editor', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 196, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja11.11342
2012
Asante AD; Korner H, 2012, 'Knowledge and access are not enough: HIV risk and prevention among people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Sydney', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 196, pp. 502, http://dx.doi.org/10.5694/mja11.11342
2012
Asante AD; Negin J; Hall JJ; Dewdney J; Zwi A, 2012, 'Analysis of policy implications and challenges of the Cuban health assistance program related to human resources for health in the Pacific', Human Resources for Health, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1478-4491-10-10
2012
Asante AD; Korner H, 2011, 'Perceptions of HIV risk and protection among people from CALD backgrounds in Sydney: findings from CALD periodic survey and the late diagnosis study', HIV Australia, vol. 9, pp. 27 - 29, http://www.afao.org.au/library/hiv-australia/volume-9/number-2
2011
Asante A; Roberts G; Hall JJ, 2011, 'A Review of Health Leadership and Management Capacity in Solomon Islands', Pacific health dialog, vol. 18
2011
Asante AD; Zwi A, 2009, 'Factors influencing resource allocation decisions and equity in the health system of Ghana', Public Health, vol. 123, pp. 371 - 377, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2009.02.006
2009
Asante AD; Zwi A, 2007, 'Public-private partnerships and global health equity: Prospects and challenges', Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, vol. 4, pp. 176 - 180
2007
Asante AD, 2007, 'Scaling up HIV prevention: Why routine or mandatory testing is not feasible for sub-Saharan Africa', Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 85, pp. 644 - 646, http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.06.037671
2007
Asante AD; Zwi A; Ho MT, 2006, 'Equity in resource allocation in health: A comparative Study of the Ashanti and Northern Regions of Ghana', Health Policy, vol. 78, pp. 135 - 148, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2006.03.013
2006
Asante AD; Zwi A; Ho MT, 2006, 'Getting on by credit: how district health managers in Ghana cope with the untimely release of funds', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 6, pp. 105 - 113, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-6-105
2006
Asante AD, 2004, 'Fatal indifference: The G8, Africa and global health', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 28, pp. 497 - 497
2004
Conference Abstracts
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Ashraf MM; Hinchcliff R; Agaliotis M; Narasimhan P; Pardosi J; Asante A; Harrison R; Heslop D; Meyer L; Balasooriya C, 2016, 'The role of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Health Management education: a global perspective', in The role of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Health Management education: a global perspective, 10th annual Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Global Health Program Workshop, Sydney, presented at 10th annual Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Global Health Program Workshop, Sydney, 28 October 2016 - 01 October 2016
2016
Reports
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Asante AD; Price J; Hayen A; Irava W; Wiseman V, 2015, Health Financing Equity and Universal Coverage in Fiji - SHIFT Summary Report, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW, Sydney Australia
2015
Wiseman VL; Asante A; Hayen A; Ir P; Bart J; Liverani M; Jan S; Guiness L, 2015, A System Wide Analysis of Health Financing Equity in Cambodia, https://sphcm.med.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/sphcm/Centres_and_Units/Health-financing-policy-brief.pdf
2015
Asante A; Wiseman VL, 2014, Relationship between health and economic growth. Report prepared for the Health Resource Facility, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australian Aid). Canberra
2014
Wiseman VL; Asante A, 2014, Economic case for investing in health systems strengthening. Report prepared for the Health Resource Facility
2014
Wiseman VL; Jan S; Hayen A; Irava W; Martins J; Asante A; Price J; Guinness L, 2013, Sustainable Health Financing in Fiji and Timor-Leste (SHIFT Study). Policy Brief August 2013, https://research.unsw.edu.au/sites/all/files/facultyadmin/shift_adras_policybrief.pdf
2013
Asante AD; Hall J; Roberts G, 2011, A review of health leadership and management capacity in Timor-Leste, Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub, UNSW, Sydney Australia
2011
Asante AD; Robert G; Hall J, 2011, A review of health leadership and management capacity in Solomon Islands, Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub, UNSW, Sydney Australia, 9780733430350 (pbk).
2011
Asante AD; Roberts G; Hall J, 2011, A review of health leadership and management capacity in Fiji, Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub, UNSW, Sydney Australia, 97807334 (pbk).
2011
Asante AD; Hall J; Roberts G, 2011, A review of health leadership and management capacity in Cambodia, Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub, UNSW, Sydney Australia, 97807334 (pbk).
2011
Asante AD; Hall J; Roberts G, 2011, Strengthening supportive supervision at the district level in the Pacific - Policy Brief, Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub, UNSW, Sydney Australia
2011
Doyle J; Asante A; Roberts G, 2011, Human Resources for Health: Issues and Challenges in 13 Pacific Island Countries, Sydney, http://www.hrhhub.unsw.edu.au/
2011
Asante AD; Körner H; Kippax S, 2009, Periodic Survey of HIV knowledge, perceptions and use of health services among people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in New South Wales, National Centre in HIV Social Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW, Sydney, Australia
2009
Dewdney J; Martins J; Asante A; Zwi A, 2009, Strengthening Human Resources for Health in Timor-Leste: Progress, Challenges and Ways Forward, World Bank, Timor-Leste, Dili, Timor-Leste
2009
Asante AD; Korner H; Kippax SC, 2009, Understanding late HIV diagnosis among people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, National Centre in HIV Social Research, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, M7/2009, http://nchsr.arts.unsw.edu.au/media/File/1_CALDperiodicsurvey.pdf
2009
Book Chapters
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Balasooriya C; Asante A; Jayasinha R; Razee H, 2014, 'Academic mobility and migration: Reflections of international academics in Australia', in , Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 117 - 135, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/s1479-3628_2014_0000011013
2014
Balasooriya C; Asante A; Jayasinha R; Razee H, 2014, 'Academic mobility & migration: Reflections of International Academics in Australia.', in Academic Mobility. International Perspectives on Higher Education Research, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 117 - 135, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S1479-3628_2014_11
2014
Books
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Asante AD; Roberts G; Hall J, 2011, A review of health leadership and management capacity in Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub, UNSW, Sydney Australia
2011
Asante AD; Hall J; Roberts G, 2011, A review of health leadership and management capacity in Papua New Guinea, Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub, UNSW, Sydney Australia
2011