Associate Professor Billingsley Kaambwa

Head of Health Economics

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Health Sciences (2.44)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Billingsley Kaambwa is an Associate Professor in Health Economics and Head of Health Economics within the College of Medicine and Public Health. He is a member of the Australian Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) panel for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) services and of the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) New Health Technology and Clinical Practice Innovation Committee (NHTCPIC). He has extensive experience in research and teaching. His main research interests are in the application of econometric and statistical techniques in economic evaluation, decision-analytic modeling and economic evaluation of new and existing health care technologies.

He has been a co-applicant on successful grant applications that total more than $19.5 million.

He sits on the editorial boards of 'PLoS One' and 'PharmacoEconomics Open'. He has published in leading international peer-reviewed journals for both methodological (e.g. Value in Health, BMC series) and applied (e.g. The Lancet, JAMA, European Journal of Health Economics, PharmacoEconomics, PLoS One) work.

An almost up-to-date list of publications is available on GOOGLE SCHOLAR.

  • PhD in Health Economics
  • DIP in Applied Statistics
  • MA in Health Economics
  • BA in Economics and Statistical Mathematics
Honours, awards and grants

The Country Heart Attack Prevention (CHAP) Project: A four-step model of care and clinical pathway for the translation of cardiac rehabilitation guidelines into practice for rural and remote patients. Funder: NHMRC (Partnership grant). Timescale: 4-years; Start-date: 2019; Value: AUD$1,353,113.

Implementation of a chronic disease management model in chronic liver failure patients to improve rates of emergency admissions providing an opportunity to drive practice change. Funder: NHMRC (Partnership grant). Timescale: 3-years; Start-date: 2019; Value: AUD$452,229.

Reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease in breast cancer patients and survivors. Funder: NBCF. Timescale: 2-years; Start-date: 2019; Value:AUD$291,409.

Independent Evaluation of the Complex Care Case Management Pilot. Funder: Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA). Timescale: 3-years; Start-date: 2018; Value:$319,044.

Initiation of a novel In-Hospital Intervention for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Funder: South Australian Academic Health Science and Translation Centre. Timescale: 1-year; Start-date: 11/2018; Value: $195,300

Centres of Research Excellence: ‘National Centre for Sleep Health Services Research - Positioning Primary Care at the Centre of Sleep Health Management’. Funder: NHMRC. Timescale: 5-years; Start-date: 11/2017; Value:$2,497,978

‘A Randomised Evaluation of the Appropriateness of Anatomic Coronary Investigation in Cardiac Injury/MI Type 2’. Funder: NHMRC. Timescale: 5-years; Start-date: 11/2017; Value:$2,340,320

‘Agents of Change’: Improving post-diagnosis care for people with dementia and their carers through the establishment of a National Quality Collaborative to implement guideline recommendations. Funder: NHMRC. Timescale: 3-years: Start-date: 2017; Value: $770,518

SA Teletrial – Bringing Cancer Clinical Trials to the Country. Funder: Cancer Council SA. Timescale: 4-years; Start-date: 2018; Value: $300,000

Flinders - Quest (QUality Enhanced general practice Services Trial). Funder: RACGP and the Commonwealth Department of Health. Timescale: 2.25-years; Start-date: 2017; Value: AUD$2,010,000.

Young and Well Towns – Community and individual interventions for increasing rural youths’ access to online health and well-being services.Funder: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre. Timescale: 3-years; Start-date: 2013; Value: approx. AUD$3,681,553.

Key responsibilities
  • Health Economics research on a number of NHMRC and ARC projects
  • Consultancy
  • Health Economics teaching on postgraduate programmes at Flinders and Adelaide Universities
  • Health Economics teaching on undergraduate programmes at Flinders University
  • Postgraduate research student supervision (PhD, MSc and Honours students)
Teaching interests
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Econometrics
  • Introduction to Health Economics
Supervisory interests
Applied statistics
Decision analytic modelling
Discrete choice experiment
Health economic evaluation
Health economics
Health-related quality of life
Psychometric analysis
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: PhD Health Economics (1)
Associate supervisor: PhD Dementia (1), PhD Nutrition (1), PhD Hepatology (1)
Principal supervisor: Honours Health Economics (1), MSc Health Economics (19)
Associate supervisor: PhD Health Economics (1), PhD Malnutrition (1), Honours Health Sciences (5)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Dr Yogesh Sharma

College award for Best Higher Degree by Research Student Publication - DEC 2018

Dr Yogesh Sharma

Vice Chancellor's award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - DEC 2018