Deakin Health Economics

Focusing on the efficient allocation of health sector and non-health sector resources to achieve policy objectives and inform both health service design and implementation.

 

As one of Australia’s largest teams of health economists, we consider it important to understand both health economics and its application in a particular topic area or setting.

We undertake work that spans prevention and treatment across the community and health sectors to ensure efficient allocation of health resources. Our expertise ranges from the design and implementation of economic evaluation and health technology assessment, to economic modelling and priority setting. We also undertake methodological research to ensure our approach is informed by best practice in economic evaluation.

With over 35 researchers, Deakin Health Economics is one of the largest teams of health economists in the country. Based in Deakin University’s School of Health and Social Development in the Faculty of Health, Deakin Health Economics is a founding member of the Institute for Health Transformation and was previously part of Deakin’s longstanding and successful Centre for Population Health Research.

The standing of the Deakin Health Economics team is affirmed by many years of research activity, with an impressive track record in both competitive grants (national and international) and commissioned research.

The team also delivers Deakin’s Master of Health Economics course, maintaining the connection between teaching and research while providing the opportunity to encourage new researchers into the field of health economics.

Deakin Health Economics is a highly sought after partner by government, NGOs and health organisations. We can partner with you to include an economic component to your research.

Our expertise includes:

  • the design and implementation of economic evaluation alongside trials
  • economic modelling ranging from cohort to microsimulation models
  • systematic and critical appraisal of the literature
  • large scale priority setting projects
  • cost of illness and disease burden studies
  • methodological research around cost and outcome measurements for economic evaluation

We’re also commissioned to provide health technology assessments to both the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee and the Medical Services Advisory Committee.

At any one time, we have more than 60 currently active research projects across a range of research streams. These are funded via a wide range of sources including the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council, government bodies, and a variety of non-government organisations.

Our research includes grants that we lead, as well as grants where we lead aspects of the research such as the economic evaluation of interventions being evaluated for effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in various clinical or community-based trials and studies.

 

Deakin Health Economics Director
Professor Cathy Mihalopoulos

Deakin Health Economics Deputy Director
Alfred Deakin Professor Marj Moodie

Level D:
Associate Professor
Lisa Gold 
Martin Hensher
Kevin McNamara
Jennifer Watts
Silva Zavarsek

Level C:
Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Victoria Brown
Senior Research Fellow
Jaithri Ananthapavan
Dr Mary Lou Chatterton
Paul Crosland
Elena Gospodarevskaya
Francis Ip
Dr Nikki McCaffrey
Sandra Younie

Senior Lecturer
Dr Lan Gao

Research Fellow
Dr Julie Abimanyi-Ochom
Dr Lidia Engel
Dr Andrew Tan
Dr Anita Lal
Dr Yong Yi Lee
Dr Long Le
Ha Le
Marcus Tan
Utsana Tonmukayakul
Sil-ling Pruis

Level A:
Research Fellow
Shalika Bohingamu Mudiyanselage
Oxana Chiotelis
Jan Faller
Phuong Nguyen
Jo Perez
Elise Tan
Michelle Tran
Sithara Wani Arachchige Dona

Professional staff:
Executive and Project Officer
Delwyn Hewitt

 

Honoraries:
Alfred Deakin Professor
Rob Carter

Professor
Hanny Calache

Associate Professor
Dominique Cadilhac
Stephen Crowley
Sue Petersen

Senior Research Fellow
Anne Magnus
Dr Sophy Shih

Research Fellow
Jessica Bucholc
Dr Katy Theodore

 

Deakin Health Economics offers a broad and exciting PhD supervision program that can be tailored to individual student needs through the Faculty of Health’s PhD Xtra program.

Current Health Economics PhD students include:

Master of Health Economics

Deakin’s Master of Health Economics gives graduates from a range of areas – from nursing and pharmacy to business administration and health management and beyond – a strong theoretical foundation, plus analytical and quantitative skills to understand the complexities of health care financing.

You will learn skills in health technology assessment, economic evaluation of health interventions, resource allocation and priority setting, healthcare financing, health systems research and the health economics/health policy interface.

Apply now for full-time PhD scholarships at Deakin University with Deakin Health Economics.

Scholarship applications are open to Australian residents and international students currently living in Australia with H1 Honours or equivalent (e.g. Masters degree with HD in research project).

Project description 
Deakin Health Economics is one of Australia’s largest teams of health economists. We’re calling for multiple full-time PhD student applications to improve understanding of health economics and its application in both prevention and treatment in a particular topic area or setting of our key research streams.

Example topics include (but are not limited to):

  • The economics of mental health
  • The economics of interventions in primary school: impacts on health, learning and equity
  • The economics of public health implementation and scale-up
  • Where next for efficiency and equity in violence-prevention policy?
  • The cost-effectiveness of cancer control public education mass media campaigns
  • The economics of smoking cessation for priority populations
  • The economics of secondary prevention interventions for cardiovascular disease
  • The economics of digital health technologies
  • The economics of environmentally sustainable health care systems
  • The economics of endometriosis (across the lifespan)
  • The economics of osteoporosis and fracture prevention strategies

Timeframe for commencement:  Available to start between now and early 2022.

Interested applicants should provide an expression of interest (maximum one page) that includes nominating their preferred topic area, Weighted Average Mark, University transcript and CV.

Email your application to Deakin Health Economics: dhe@deakin.edu.au

Current PhD opportunities

Project title:  Improving environmental sustainability in healthcare: evaluating costs, benefits and performance.

Nationally, Australia’s health system contributes between 4.2% to 7% of national greenhouse gas emissions.  The Victorian Government has made improving the environmental sustainability of healthcare a priority, with net zero emission targets in place for 2050. This PhD will develop practical measurement and evaluation tools to support healthcare sustainability improvement activities, with a particular focus on valuing the economic costs, benefits and co-benefits of healthcare environmental impacts and interventions. Focus areas will include i) practical methods for incorporating environmental impacts in the economic evaluation of healthcare interventions and programs and ii) measurement tools for environmental sustainability performance, audit and improvement in healthcare services and policies. Based in the Health System Financing and Sustainability stream within Deakin Health Economics, the candidate will work closely with other Institute for Health Transformation members and partners, especially the Health, Nature and Sustainability Research Group and Barwon Health, Victoria’s largest regional healthcare provider.

Supervisors:  A/Prof Martin Hensher (Deakin Health Economics), Dr Rebecca Patrick (Deakin Health, Nature, Sustainability Research Group), Professor Peter Vuillermin (Barwon Health), Dr Mike Forrester (Barwon Health).

Essential requirements:  Honours or Masters Degree in a relevant discipline with a strong quantitative component; experience of quantitative research or analysis and data management; strong communications and stakeholder management skills and experience.

Desirable:  Training and/or work experience in health economics, economics, public health or environmental sciences; experience of working in healthcare settings, either as a health professional or in a support/administrative role.

Scholarship available.

Contact: Dr Rebecca Patrick

Project title: Focusing on the measurement of health related quality of life for use in economic evaluation within the context of Aboriginal youth mental health.

The successful candidate will ideally have a Masters of Health Economics or Public Health (with a specialisation in health economics) or strong skills in psychometric measurement.

If interested, please send your expression of interest including a CV and the latest transcript of your academic results to Professor Cathy Mihalopoulos: cathy.mihalopoulos@deakin.edu.au

 

Issue 2, March 2021

In this issue:
Director’s message
Feature projects
Staff and student profiles
Awards | Media commentaries
Funding success | Presentations
Staff news | Our teaching
PhD and Masters students
Recent publications

About

As one of Australia’s largest teams of health economists, we consider it important to understand both health economics and its application in a particular topic area or setting.

We undertake work that spans prevention and treatment across the community and health sectors to ensure efficient allocation of health resources. Our expertise ranges from the design and implementation of economic evaluation and health technology assessment, to economic modelling and priority setting. We also undertake methodological research to ensure our approach is informed by best practice in economic evaluation.

Our story

With over 35 researchers, Deakin Health Economics is one of the largest teams of health economists in the country. Based in Deakin University’s School of Health and Social Development in the Faculty of Health, Deakin Health Economics is a founding member of the Institute for Health Transformation and was previously part of Deakin’s longstanding and successful Centre for Population Health Research.

The standing of the Deakin Health Economics team is affirmed by many years of research activity, with an impressive track record in both competitive grants (national and international) and commissioned research.

The team also delivers Deakin’s Master of Health Economics course, maintaining the connection between teaching and research while providing the opportunity to encourage new researchers into the field of health economics.

What we do

Deakin Health Economics is a highly sought after partner by government, NGOs and health organisations. We can partner with you to include an economic component to your research.

Our expertise includes:

  • the design and implementation of economic evaluation alongside trials
  • economic modelling ranging from cohort to microsimulation models
  • systematic and critical appraisal of the literature
  • large scale priority setting projects
  • cost of illness and disease burden studies
  • methodological research around cost and outcome measurements for economic evaluation

We’re also commissioned to provide health technology assessments to both the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee and the Medical Services Advisory Committee.

At any one time, we have more than 60 currently active research projects across a range of research streams. These are funded via a wide range of sources including the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council, government bodies, and a variety of non-government organisations.

Our research includes grants that we lead, as well as grants where we lead aspects of the research such as the economic evaluation of interventions being evaluated for effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in various clinical or community-based trials and studies.

Our staff

 

Deakin Health Economics Director
Professor Cathy Mihalopoulos

Deakin Health Economics Deputy Director
Alfred Deakin Professor Marj Moodie

Level D:
Associate Professor
Lisa Gold 
Martin Hensher
Kevin McNamara
Jennifer Watts
Silva Zavarsek

Level C:
Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Victoria Brown
Senior Research Fellow
Jaithri Ananthapavan
Dr Mary Lou Chatterton
Paul Crosland
Elena Gospodarevskaya
Francis Ip
Dr Nikki McCaffrey
Sandra Younie

Senior Lecturer
Dr Lan Gao

Research Fellow
Dr Julie Abimanyi-Ochom
Dr Lidia Engel
Dr Andrew Tan
Dr Anita Lal
Dr Yong Yi Lee
Dr Long Le
Ha Le
Marcus Tan
Utsana Tonmukayakul
Sil-ling Pruis

Level A:
Research Fellow
Shalika Bohingamu Mudiyanselage
Oxana Chiotelis
Jan Faller
Phuong Nguyen
Jo Perez
Elise Tan
Michelle Tran
Sithara Wani Arachchige Dona

Professional staff:
Executive and Project Officer
Delwyn Hewitt

 

Honoraries:
Alfred Deakin Professor
Rob Carter

Professor
Hanny Calache

Associate Professor
Dominique Cadilhac
Stephen Crowley
Sue Petersen

Senior Research Fellow
Anne Magnus
Dr Sophy Shih

Research Fellow
Jessica Bucholc
Dr Katy Theodore

 

Our teaching and students

Deakin Health Economics offers a broad and exciting PhD supervision program that can be tailored to individual student needs through the Faculty of Health’s PhD Xtra program.

Current Health Economics PhD students include:

Master of Health Economics

Deakin’s Master of Health Economics gives graduates from a range of areas – from nursing and pharmacy to business administration and health management and beyond – a strong theoretical foundation, plus analytical and quantitative skills to understand the complexities of health care financing.

You will learn skills in health technology assessment, economic evaluation of health interventions, resource allocation and priority setting, healthcare financing, health systems research and the health economics/health policy interface.

PhD scholarships

Apply now for full-time PhD scholarships at Deakin University with Deakin Health Economics.

Scholarship applications are open to Australian residents and international students currently living in Australia with H1 Honours or equivalent (e.g. Masters degree with HD in research project).

Project description 
Deakin Health Economics is one of Australia’s largest teams of health economists. We’re calling for multiple full-time PhD student applications to improve understanding of health economics and its application in both prevention and treatment in a particular topic area or setting of our key research streams.

Example topics include (but are not limited to):

  • The economics of mental health
  • The economics of interventions in primary school: impacts on health, learning and equity
  • The economics of public health implementation and scale-up
  • Where next for efficiency and equity in violence-prevention policy?
  • The cost-effectiveness of cancer control public education mass media campaigns
  • The economics of smoking cessation for priority populations
  • The economics of secondary prevention interventions for cardiovascular disease
  • The economics of digital health technologies
  • The economics of environmentally sustainable health care systems
  • The economics of endometriosis (across the lifespan)
  • The economics of osteoporosis and fracture prevention strategies

Timeframe for commencement:  Available to start between now and early 2022.

Interested applicants should provide an expression of interest (maximum one page) that includes nominating their preferred topic area, Weighted Average Mark, University transcript and CV.

Email your application to Deakin Health Economics: dhe@deakin.edu.au

Current PhD opportunities

Project title:  Improving environmental sustainability in healthcare: evaluating costs, benefits and performance.

Nationally, Australia’s health system contributes between 4.2% to 7% of national greenhouse gas emissions.  The Victorian Government has made improving the environmental sustainability of healthcare a priority, with net zero emission targets in place for 2050. This PhD will develop practical measurement and evaluation tools to support healthcare sustainability improvement activities, with a particular focus on valuing the economic costs, benefits and co-benefits of healthcare environmental impacts and interventions. Focus areas will include i) practical methods for incorporating environmental impacts in the economic evaluation of healthcare interventions and programs and ii) measurement tools for environmental sustainability performance, audit and improvement in healthcare services and policies. Based in the Health System Financing and Sustainability stream within Deakin Health Economics, the candidate will work closely with other Institute for Health Transformation members and partners, especially the Health, Nature and Sustainability Research Group and Barwon Health, Victoria’s largest regional healthcare provider.

Supervisors:  A/Prof Martin Hensher (Deakin Health Economics), Dr Rebecca Patrick (Deakin Health, Nature, Sustainability Research Group), Professor Peter Vuillermin (Barwon Health), Dr Mike Forrester (Barwon Health).

Essential requirements:  Honours or Masters Degree in a relevant discipline with a strong quantitative component; experience of quantitative research or analysis and data management; strong communications and stakeholder management skills and experience.

Desirable:  Training and/or work experience in health economics, economics, public health or environmental sciences; experience of working in healthcare settings, either as a health professional or in a support/administrative role.

Scholarship available.

Contact: Dr Rebecca Patrick

Project title: Focusing on the measurement of health related quality of life for use in economic evaluation within the context of Aboriginal youth mental health.

The successful candidate will ideally have a Masters of Health Economics or Public Health (with a specialisation in health economics) or strong skills in psychometric measurement.

If interested, please send your expression of interest including a CV and the latest transcript of your academic results to Professor Cathy Mihalopoulos: cathy.mihalopoulos@deakin.edu.au

 

Our newsletter

Issue 2, March 2021

In this issue:
Director’s message
Feature projects
Staff and student profiles
Awards | Media commentaries
Funding success | Presentations
Staff news | Our teaching
PhD and Masters students
Recent publications