Monash award for Burnet Associate

Burnet Institute

08 July, 2016

IMAGE: Monash University Business School 2016 Mollie Holman Medallist, Dr Rohan Sweeney

Burnet Institute Associate and former staff member in the Centre for International Health, Dr Rohan Sweeney is the Monash Business School’s Mollie Holman Doctoral Medallist for 2016.

The Medal is presented annually for the most outstanding PhD thesis in each faculty at Monash University.

Dr Sweeney’s thesis, The Economics of Coordinating Health Aid: Investigating the Sector Wide Approach, examines the impacts of the Sector-Wide Approach (SWAp), an alternative to projects as a means of delivering health aid to lower-income countries.

“A health SWAp is an agreement between a government and donors to coordinate health aid funded projects, in order to reduce fragmentation and duplication of effort,” Dr Sweeney told

“In addition, a health SWAp increases the recipient government’s control over their aid program, resulting in health aid that is better aligned with their priorities.

Ultimately, the hope is that this will deliver an improvement in health for the population.”

Dr Sweeney applied novel econometric methods to identify and evaluate the impacts of SWAp on development assistance for health funding and outcomes.

Established in 1998, the Mollie Holman Medal for Thesis Excellence was named after leading psychologist, Emeritus Professor Mollie Holman.


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