Research Students

Van IbayPhD Candidate


Address: Building 24


National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM)


Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) at the University of Canberra

Research Interests

One Health, Implementation and Translation Sciences, Global Health Systems, Governance and Policies


"Converting Public Health Science into Public Policies and Implementation: Exploring the Political and Social Determinants of Health in the Philippines".


The science of population health delivers an integral role in confronting the challenges presented by climate change and global pandemics. Public Health as discipline, provide scientific tools to formulate evidence-based policies and implemented by practitioners in governance. Meanwhile, Public Health scientist ferry the responsibilities for transforming the knowledge and breakthroughs of research into public health policies to be absorbed, adopted and enacted by the solons and governors of the land.

It is evident that the translation of public health science into evidence-based policies present the difficult challenge to public health practitioners. Citing into example the process of knowledge translation develops an overlapping interphase between the vanguards of health science and the sentries of public administration and politics. 

The study aims to understand the elements and process of translation of public health science into public policies. The research aims to establish methods to measure the efficacy of these evidence-based policies using mixed method research.  The study will be composed of five phases exploring cross disciplinary subjects to understand the process of knowledge translation.  


Dr. Laurie Brown (Primary Supervisor) and Dr. Ro McFarlane (Secondary Supervisor)


Van Joe Ibay started his career as veterinarian and public health practitioner, specializing in Avian and Wildlife Medicine practice within the ASEAN Region. Over the past decade his practice evolved to solve complex problems in zoonotic disease (disease of animal origin that are transferable to humans) eradication towards the use of One Health approach. Van is especially interested exploring the facets of how scientific findings and breakthroughs in the allied health disciplines can be transformed into public policies and put into action through implementation. He joined the Philippine government service both in the local and national level in 2010 until 2015 focusing on implementing public health programs. Under these roles he contributed in the development, enactment into laws and implementation of various local and national policies in the Philippines, including the implementation of the National Anti-Rabies Law which was first in the region. Van was also part of the Philippines National Advisory Committee on Animal Disease Control and Emergencies (NACADCE) from 2010-2015, a committee constituting experts in addressing animal related concerns in the country. He has also served an academic role as Assistant Professor at the University of Makati Philippines developing academic programs for One Health and Implementation of Evidence based-policies. In 2016 until date, He has served Public Health Association of Australia as a member and Convenor for the One Health Special Interest Group (OH-SIG).

Van is currently part of the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling of IGPA. His PhD. research investigates on the discourse of Converting Public Health Science into Public Policies and Implementation: Exploring the Political and Social Determinants of Health in the Philippines. The research is under the supervision of Professor Laurie Brown and Dr Ro McFarlane.    


  • Member & Convenor, One Health Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia
  • Member & Director for Policy and Strategy, Filipino-Australian Health Professionals Association
  • Member, Animal Welfare Coalition (Manila)


  • Master of Strategic Communication- 2017 (University of Canberra, Australia)
  • Master of Public Health- 2016 (University of Newcastle, Australia)
  • Masters in Development Management and Governance- 2013 (University of Makati, Philippines)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine- 2008 (De La Salle Araneta University, Philippines)
  • Ibay, V.J.C., (2017). The Impact of Environmental Change in the ASEAN Region; One Health and Eco-Health Looking at the Equity Lens, to be presented in the SEASIA 2017 Conference. Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (December 16-17, 2017)
  • Ibay, V.J.C., (2017). Biosecurity and Crisis Communication: Understanding the Gaps between the Sectors of Health and Security. Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra June 2017 
  • Nagrampa, M. & Ibay, V.J.C. (2017).   Integral Role of RPO Program in Effective Elimination of Rabies in the Philippines. Paper presented in the 15th World Congress on Public Health
  • Ibay, V.J.C., McFarlane, R., & Butler, C.D. (2016). Modelling the problems of Rabies elimination in the Philippines using One Health. Paper presented to the 4th International One Health Congress & 6th Biennial Congress of the International Association for Ecology and Health. One Health EcoHealth 2016- (For Publication in 2017)
  • Nagrampa, M. & Ibay, V.J.C. (2016). Feeding vegetable wastes to backyard pigs in Benguet Province, Philippines: boon or bane? One Health. Paper presented to the 4th International One Health Congress & 6th Biennial Congress of the International Association for Ecology and Health. One Health EcoHealth 2016- (For Publication in 2017)
  • Ibay, V.J.C. (2016). NGO's influencing stakeholder engagement and governance of national rabies program in the Philippines. Dogs & People Workshop 2016: Mastering Stakeholder Engagement for Sustainable Impacts. 3RD DEC 2016, 8.30am – 4.30pm, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC, Old Arts Building, Theatre A (Room 103)
  • De Pio, S.L., Ibay, V.J.C., & Cabel A. (2016). Utilizing Inter-Local Cooperation to Close the Health Gaps and Inequities from Neglected Diseases, Modelling Rabies Elimination Programs in the National Capital Region, the Philippines. Philippine Journal of Public Administration Journal.
  • Ibay, V.J.C., Manalastas, M.V.C., Miranda, N.L.J., (2014). Curriculum Development of the Master of Science in One Health and Disaster Management. College of Allied Health Studies- University of Makati. Presented to the University Academic Council and the University Council February 2014
  • Ibay, V.J.C. (2013). An Act Strengthening the Veterinary Services in the Local Government Units. Provincial, City and Municipal Veterinarians League of the Philippines (PCMVLP) 12th National Convention and Scientific Conference May 2013.
  • Ibay, V.J.C. (2013). Policy Direction on the Institutional Arrangement of the Veterinary Services: A Structural Framework for National Capital Region- Local Government Units (NCR-LGU) and Highly Urbanized Cities. College of Governance and Public Policy, University of Makati, Philippines January 2013.
  • Ibay, V.J.C., (2008). Profile of the External Morphometry, Body Weight, Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) and Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) of Adult Philippine Falconet (Microhierax erythrogenys). College of Veterinary Medicine and Agricultural Sciences, De La Salle Araneta University October 2008
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