The Economics of disability research stream at Deakin Health Economics commenced in 2014. The focus of the stream is dictated by project funding, for example:
- trial-based economic evaluation of care for children with cerebral palsy
- assessing economic impact of capacity building of a disability service provider
- a systematic review of economic impact of cerebral palsy and identification of economically viable interventions
- the cost-effectiveness of a program to engage children with disability in sport
- preference-based quality of life measures for children with cerebral palsy
The scope of research has broadened to address the huge gap in economics of disability from economic merits of interventions in prevention and treatment through models of health service delivery. Recent disability stream involvement includes a large National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant with the Australian Centre for Health, Independence, Economic Participation and Value Enhanced Care for adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy which aims to improve physical and mental health and to build supportive family, community and health service environments.