Stephen Birch is Director of the Centre for the Business and Economics of Health at the University of Queensland and part time professor in health economics at the University of Manchester (UK).
Prior to moving to Australia in 2018 he spent 30 years as professor of health economics at McMaster University where he continues as emeritus professor. Previously he worked at the Medical Care Research Unit, Sheffield University, UK and at the Centre for Health Economics, York University, UK. He has held honorary appointments at universities in Toronto (Canada), Malmo (Sweden) and Cape Town (South Africa) and Sydney (Australia).
He has a doctorate in economics from York University, a Masters degree in fiscal studies from Bath University and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Sheffield University.
He served as publicly appointed board member on the Ontario Health Professions’ Regulatory Advisory Council, the Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant Local Health Integration Network and the York District Health Authority Community Health Council.
He was appointed to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences expert panel on improving access to oral health care for vulnerable people living in Canada.
He has served on many committees and advisory boards on health workforce and health service planning and evaluation as well as consultant to WHO, World Bank and several national and state health ministries.
He has over 320 research publications in a wide range of peer-reviewed scientific journals and has particular interests in the economics of oral health care, needs-based health service and health workforce planning, access to care in underserved populations and needs-based allocation of resources and provider remuneration.
He served as Senior Editor for Social Science & Medicine for 15 years and continues to serve on the editorial advisory board.
He received the IADR Aubrey Sheiham award in 2017 and the IADR Distinguished Scientist award for behavioural, epidemiologic and health services research in 2019.