Health policy & analysis

Sapere’s experts bring significant experience and expertise from across the health sector, covering primary secondary and tertiary services, in areas such as strategy, policy development, service planning and implementation.

We excel in robust analysis of health sector issues to inform, policy, program and operational design and improvement, and we have diverse skills and capacity across a range of health-related areas, with a strong understanding of institutional and clinical context. Our areas of expertise include cost- benefit analysis, cost-utility analysis, economic evaluation, regulatory impact analysis, and other economic approaches.

Our experts have held senior positions at the Ministry of Health, Health Funding Authority, Pharmac, IPAs, and District Health Boards, have been involved with university level teaching and research, and have participated in high level international training programs. We are adept at working with diverse groups of professionals to develop new approaches to the challenges of health care.

What we do

Sapere’s experts are engaged in matters for example, involving the sustainability and funding of health services, new models of care, contractual mechanisms to support health care, quality of care, service planning and evaluation. Our experts have made important contributions to improved health services.

We combine a rigorous approach to analysing problems with practical experience from a range of settings, and long standing experience of working with clinical professionals. The members of our health care team bring a range of expertise and experience, and offer a comprehensive suite of skills to our clients.

Recent experience:

  • Analysis of economic and other options to promote appropriate blood use, and researching cost drivers for blood and blood products.
  • Data analysis and modelling for health service demand and financing, for a large number of health agencies.
  • Business case development including analysis of costs and benefits for a pharmacovigilance capacity.
  • A functional review of mental health in an Australian state.
  • Quantitative analysis of health activity data to inform paediatric and neo-natal transport service reform for an Australian state.

Business case development with a number of groups responding to the call for improved primary care services.

  • Cost benefit analysis of regulatory change such as improved drinking water supply.
  • Reconfiguring rural health care services and working, on the ground, with small regional trusts.
  • Business case for facility redevelopment for substantial tertiary care hospitals.
  • Regional clinical services plan over a 25- 30 year period, involving clinicians in participative processes.
  • Cost benefit analysis of public health proposals.
  • Analysis of the market for general practice management systems and other e-health projects.
  • Health technology assessments of diagnostics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and services.Developing quality frameworks in primary care and assisting with establishment of a quality commission.