Toni Ashton (PhD) is a Professor in Health Economics in the School of Population Health, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her primary field of research is in the analysis of the organisation and funding of health systems with a special focus on health care reform in New Zealand. Recent research topics have included the roles of the public and private sectors in health systems, the structure and performance of primary health services, and issues in the funding and provision of aged residential care.
Having worked in the field for over 20 years, she has been a member of a number of Government working parties covering various aspects of health policy and is on the editorial board of five international academic journals. She has also consulted for international agencies such as WHO and OECD and nationally for Government agencies, health professional bodies and non-government organisations.