Ziedins, Ilze

Improving health care delivery: from theory to practice

Department of Statistics, University of Auckland

New Zealand has an excellent public health system, operating within a very constrained funding environment.
Providing timely health care is crucial, yet patients often experience delays in receiving treatment. Are there ways in which these delays could be reduced? Could the existing capacity be used in different ways? I will discuss some of the challenges in answering these questions, and give examples of both theoretical and simulation based approaches. These problems lie at the nexus of statistics, applied probability, and operations research.


Ilze Ziedins works on modelling and analysis of stochastic networks, with applications to health care, transportation, and communications networks. She was an undergraduate at Waikato, then a PhD student and junior research fellow at Cambridge, and a lecturer at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, before joining the University of Auckland. Her recent work has concentrated on models of networks with selfish routing, and modelling and optimization of health care delivery.

Session details

KeynoteAddress This plenary address will be delivered in AH1 on Wednesday 28 November at 9:00.

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