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Ashika Maharaj is a researcher in Health and Policy at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology. She graduated with a Bachelor in Pharmacy in New Zealand (NZ), worked within governance and safety in a large metropolitan hospital setting, and was as an advisor to the Health Quality and Safety Commission NZ (department within the Ministry of Health). Ashika was conferred her PhD (Oct 2020) by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Australia. Her thesis was titled "Quantifying Quality of Care in Pancreatic Cancer" and she is in an affiliate position with Monash University.


  • Open-source dataset for resource management within health systems (with Associate Prof Saba Hinrichs-Krapels & Prof Alexander Verbraeck)
  • Adverse surgical margin outcomes in pancreatic cancer (Monash University)
  • Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) use in oncology clinical practice (Monash University)

Research Interest and Expertise

Ashika's research interest includes understanding how to measure health systems performance and quality by using evidence- and consensus-based methods. She has a background in developing clinical quality registries and evaluating the large amount of clinical data collected prospectively to identify, understand and reduce unwarranted clinical variation.

She is an expert in the modified Delphi consensus method for indicator development, quantitative methods that include biostatistical analysis, evidence synthesis / systematic reviews & meta-analysis using the PICO framework; qualitative interviews using the theoretical domains framework and; surveys and questionnaire based data collection/studies.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, Quantifying Quality of Care in Pancreatic Cancer, Monash University

Award Date: 13 Oct 2020

Bachelor's degree, Bachelor of Pharmacy, University of Otago

Award Date: 6 Feb 1999

External positions

Affiliate , Monash University

Nov 2020 → …


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • RS Pharmacy and materia medica


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