Dr Simon Barraclough read for an honours degree in political science at the Australian National University before taking his master's degree through the London School of Economics and Political Science and the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London. His doctorate was obtained from the Department of Government at the University of Queensland.
At the postgraduatete level, Dr Simon Barraclough teaches in an advanced health policy subject and has also developed a pioneering subject in Australia's international health relations. He teaches an undergraduate subject concerned with global health initiatives. He has supervised research by students from Australia, Botswana, Kenya, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand,Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Apart from a general interest in health policy, Dr Barraclough's research interests include the political economy of health systems in developing countries, health management, international investment in health services, health industry exports, international health relations and tobacco control policies in developing countries.
For the past decade Dr Barraclough has mentored visiting fellows from the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka.