Congratulations to our recent health economics graduates.

Masters of Health Economics

  • Eliza Mudford

Graduate Certificate of Health Economics

  • Madison Nicholas
  • Carolyn O’Shea

Graduate Diploma of Health Economics

  • Simon McErlane

Health economics graduates – Where are they now?

Jessica Bucholc
Research Fellow

Jessica Bucholc at COSA2022

In 2004, Jess graduated from Bachelor of Health Sciences at Deakin University. Shortly thereafter she began her career working as a Registered Nurse in neurosurgery. She found her feet coordinating neurosurgery clinical trials that were mainly sponsored pharmaceutical trials.

Soon after, Jess started working at Deakin University as Senior Research Nurse, coordinating and collecting data (bloods anthropometrics) before being recruited to Deakin Health Economics (DHE) in 2016.

‘Since joining DHE I have received so many great opportunities in planning, implementing and running a variety of DHEs research studies, big and small,’ she says.

At present, Jess works with Associate Professor Nikki McCaffrey on her NHMRC partnership project ‘Defining and optimising the economic and social return on investment (SROI) of telephone cancer information and support services for all Australians.’

‘The project uses a very different methodology to other studies I have worked on with the team,’ Jess says.

‘With 10 studies over 4 years, it keeps me on my toes!’

With support from Nikki and DHE members, Jess took the plunge to commence her Masters of Health Economics part-time in 2022, realising the importance of the allocation of limited resources and how much it can inform and drive decisions in the health system.

‘The masters course is clearly very well established, the lecturers and tutors are all incredibly knowledgeable – and I’m not just saying that because I know them,’ she says.

Gabby and Charlie

‘At first, I was worried about the impact of the study load but – although I miss some of my weekend Netflix time – the study load is very reasonable. I still get time to spend time with my dogs, Gabby and Charlie. And although I have worked with DHE for a while, I am still learning loads!’

Jess continues to shine as an enthused and well experienced researcher and the team is looking forward to celebrating the completion of her Masters.


Eliza Mudford
Research Assistant

Eliza Mudford in Reabold Hill, WA

DHE has welcomed Eliza Mudford not only to the city of Melbourne, but to the economics of cancer stream as a research assistant.

After completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Notre Dame (Western Australia) in 2017, Eliza worked in aged community care in both rehabilitation and preventative allied health care streams. Now, as a recent Deakin University, Masters of Health Economics graduate, Eliza joins the DHE team to begin the next chapter in her career.

Working alongside Dr Anita Lal, Eliza will be working on developing a cervical cancer screening model.

‘We’re looking at modelling the cost-effectiveness of a targeted screening campaign on cancer detection in Victoria using a microsimulation model in TreeAge Pro,’ says Eliza.

Skiing in Niseko, Japan

‘I’m looking forward to strengthening my analytical skills and contributing to the team to produce high impact outputs.’

Despite her dislike of the cold, Eliza is ironically an avid skier. The DHE team hope that the bite of the Melbourne winter won’t deter Eliza from continuing her great work with the team! Welcome Eliza.