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Yvonne Zurynski is Associate Professor of Health System Sustainability, and leads the activities of the Coordinating Centre of the NHMRC Partnership Centre in Health Systems Sustainability.


Yvonne has broad experience and expertise in research and education across health sectors and disciplines having conducted research in settings ranging from primary care to intensive care. She is a mixed methods health services and systems researcher with expertise in implementation science and evaluation. Yvonne has an interest in integrated care for children and people living with chronic and complex disease and their experiences of healthcare systems, especially when transitioning across health and social care sectors. She has expertise in conducting epidemiological studies, systematic reviews, clinical research studies, service model and policy evaluations using mixed methods designs. She currently leads the implementation evaluation of the Black Dog Institute's suicide prevention program LifeSpan and recently led the evaluation of integrated care initiatives across the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) She was the chair of the International Network of Paediatric Surveillance Units 2011-2015.  Her focus is on conducting research that makes a difference in the real world. Her research supported new child restraint law in Australia, the development of clinical guidelines and vaccination policy. She has an interest in patient/family and healthcare provider experiences of the health system including health services use, transition between paediatric and adult services, health costs and out of pocket expenses. She is engaged with several consumer groups including the Consumers Health Forum of Australia and Rare Voices Australia and regularly conducts collaborative research and policy development work with consumer groups.  She was a key member of the steering committee for the establishment of the national Paediatric Active Disease Surveillance system, and the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Australian Registry (FASDAR). She has expertise in research ethics and was a member of the University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee (Health Subcommittee). She currently sits on the Research Australia Health Economics Round Table, and The Social Prescribing Round Table led by the Consumers Health Forum, The Royal Australian College of GPs and the NHMRC Partnership Centre in Health System Sustainability. She was the chair of the International Network of Paediatric Surveillance Units 2011-2015. 


She has attracted approximately $9 million in research funding over her career. She has published widely and regularly reviews for national and international per review journals.


Yvonne is an experienced post-graduate research supervisor at Masters and PhD level. She currently convenes the Systems Science in Healthcare unit of study in the Masters of Public Health at Macquarie University.


Yvonne has previously held positions at the University of Sydney, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and Westmead Hospital. She has honorary appointments at the University of Sydney, the University of Tasmania and Kids Research at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Education/Academic qualification

University of Sydney

Award Date: 20 Jul 2019

University of Sydney

Award Date: 20 May 1996

University of Technology Sydney

Award Date: 20 Mar 1989

University of Technology Sydney

Award Date: 20 Mar 1985

External positions

Adjunct Associate Professor

1 Feb 201931 Jan 2022

Honorary Associate Professor

5 Feb 2005 → …

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Research Output

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  • “Dealing with the hospital has become too difficult for us to do alone”: developing an Integrated Care Program for children with medical complexity (CMC)

    Altman, L., Breen, C., Ging, J., Burrett, S., Hoffman, T., Dickins, E., Brown, K., Zurynski, Y. & Woolfenden, S., 2018, In : International Journal of Integrated Care. 18, 3, p. 1-7 7 p., 14.

    Macquarie University

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  • Childhood interstitial lung disease: a systematic review

    Hime, N. J., Zurynski, Y., Fitzgerald, D., Selvadurai, H., Phu, A., Deverell, M., Elliott, E. J. & Jaffe, A., 1 Dec 2015, In : Pediatric Pulmonology. 50, 12, p. 1383-1392 10 p.

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  • Rare diseases are a 'common' problem for clinicians

    Elliott, E. J. & Zurynski, Y. A., Sep 2015, In : Australian Family Physician. 44, 9, p. 630-633 4 p.

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  • Childhood interstitial lung disease due to surfactant protein C deficiency: frequent use and costs of hospital services for a single case in Australia

    Hime, N. J., Fitzgerald, D., Robinson, P., Selvadurai, H., Van Asperen, P., Jaffé, A. & Zurynski, Y., 19 Mar 2014, In : Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases. 9, 1, p. 1-8 8 p., 36.

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    Open Access