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MS Katherine Gilbert




  • Katherine is the acting Head of the Health Systems, Governance and Financing Unit at the Nossal Institute for Global Health. She has experience in mixed methods health systems analysis and a strong interest in health systems strengthening, human rights and gender equality, and mentoring researchers in low low-income settings. She has recently undertaken consultancies funded by the World Health Organization and the Gates Foundation in the areas of policy reform, progress towards universal health coverage and sexual and reproductive rights. Katherine joined the Nossal Institute in 2016 after working as a Research Fellow at Monash University (2013 - 2015) where she lead an exploratory study of the determinants and consequences of unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in Solomon Islands, and managed a World Bank funded costing study of the health system in Solomon Islands. During this time Katherine also served as a member of the World Bank’s International Working Group providing technical advice into its global Disaster Recovery Framework. Katherine previously worked with the United Nations in Fiji, Haiti, Solomon Islands, and New York (2005 - 2013). She helped to develop UNICEF’s child protection programs in the Pacific, manage UNICEF's health and education programs in Solomon Islands and coordinate UNICEF’s partnerships with governments and international organisations from New York. Katherine then served as an Aid Policy Advisor to the United Nations’ Special Envoy for Haiti, former US President Bill Clinton, during which time she analysed the effectiveness of aid to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake and cholera outbreak.   


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Paula Lorgelly, Katherine Gilbert, Divi Ogaoga, Jane Fisher and Elissa Kennedy, (2014) The determinants and consequences of unsafe abortion in Solomon Islands. $50,000. Faculty of Business and Economics. Monash University.   


Education and training

  • MPP, Australian National University 2008
  • BSc/LLB, University of Melbourne 2004