As 2023 comes to a close, it is time to reflect upon the collaborations and achievements that have defined our work at Deakin Health Economics (DHE). It has been a year of fruitful partnerships and recognition of the work of our dedicated staff some of which are included in this end of year newsletter.

One of our valued partners this year has been Cancer Council Victoria (CCV). Our ongoing partnership with CCV has allowed us to make significant strides in the field of health economics. Through joint efforts, we have been able to tackle key healthcare issues across Victoria.

Additionally, we have had the privilege of working alongside esteemed organizations such as the Health Issues Centre, Western Victoria Primary Health Network, and the Grampians Public Health Unit. These collaborations have expanded our reach and reinforced our commitment to providing evidence-based solutions and improving health outcomes for all.

Suzanne welcoming Alison Coughlan, CEO of Health Issues Centre, at DHE’s Consumer Engagement Seminar

One of the most fulfilling experiences for me personally has been working in the Western Victorian Regions, witnessing the incredible work being done to improve healthcare in our community. Through collaborations with both existing and new partners, we have identified opportunities for growth and innovation, with lots of enthusiasm and interest in integrating health economics across the health system.

At DHE we are immensely proud of the achievements of our staff members, who have consistently demonstrated their expertise and dedication to the field. It is with great pleasure that we provide more information on some of the teams work in our newsletter.

It does seem to be a year for staff awards. Dr Jaithri Ananthapavan’s had an amazing year and collected two awards for her work in the economics of prevention, she has also been recognised by Deakin University for her excellence in teaching and research by her recent promotion to Associate Professor. A further congratulations to Dr Lan Gao on her promotion to Associate Professor, recognising her hard work and dedication. Standing tall was Vicki Brown who received a Victorian Tall Poppy award. I had the privilege of attending the Research Australia Awards and celebrating the achievements of Deakin staff including DHEs Dr Sean Randall and Prof. Hanny Calache. Our early career researchers have also been busy with Mary Rose Angeles receiving the Institute for Health Transformation award for Research Excellence.

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Suzanne and colleagues at the Research Australia Awards 2023

In 2023 DHE held strategic planning sessions, the purpose was to unite the DHE team and direct our attention towards the future, emphasizing DHE’s commitment to research, teaching, and fostering a vibrant health economics workforce. Looking ahead, I am filled with excitement and anticipation for what the future holds. Watch this space in 2024 as we put our discussions into meaningful actions.

DHE team at Strategic Planning Day Workshop

As we close this year, we express our deepest gratitude to our staff, partners, and readers for their unwavering support. On behalf of myself and the DHE team I wish everyone a joyous holiday season and a prosperous new year. I also invite you to read on and see just some of the DHE 2023 highlights.

Best wishes,