Entwined Health System Histories: New Zealand and Britain Since 1938
12.50-1.00 Welcome and Introduction
1.00–2.30 Panel 1
- Martin Gorsky (LSHTM) Introduction: Culture, language and networks: ‘families of nations’ and the making of health policy in Britain and New Zealand since 1938.
- John Stewart (Wellcome Unit, Oxford) The Old Country and the New Country: British progressives and social reform in New Zealand, 1934-1948.
- Glen O’Hara (Oxford Brookes) ‘The Land with the Midas Touch’: British Perceptions of New Zealand between the 1930s and the 1970s.
2.30-2.45 Tea/Coffee Break
2.45-4.15 Panel 2
- Linda Bryder (Auckland) No grounds for complacency: New Zealand’s “National Health Service” and Sir Douglas Robb, 1938-1974
- Roland Petchey (City) New Zealand and U.K. health policy in the 1950s: the role of transnational knowledge networks and think tanks
- Hayley Brown (LSHTM) Neo-liberal ideas and policy-making in the United Kingdom and New Zealand National Health Services in the 1980s
4.30 – 6.30 Oral History Discussion
We invite attendees wo have worked either short- or long-term across the two systems to share reflections in an open discussion, structured around these themes:
- Motives for moving: what have been the factors encouraging New Zealand professionals to work in Britain, and vice versa?
- Networks: what were the professional networks, both formal and informal, that connected the two countries? How did these operate?
- Impressions 1: what impressions did you form of the similarities and differences between the two systems?
- Impressions 2: how would you compare the political values and public expectations of these two systems?
- Knowledge exchanges: in your roles, what observations have you formed about the flow of ideas and policy-learning between the two countries? Is this distinctive, or typical of health policy-making in advanced industrial nations?
- Conclusions: What have we learned?
6.30–c.8.00 Drinks Reception