I have a background in medicine (MD) and obtained my PhD in health economics from the University of Adelaide. My main area of expertise relates to the economic evaluation of new health technologies with a focus on the application of decision analytic models aiming to improve models of clinical care in the primary care setting and the decision-making process around the public funding of health care interventions. In terms of applied economic evaluations, my major research activity is the design, conduct and analysis of economic evaluations alongside observational studies and clinical trials. This also includes the application of decision analytic models to extrapolate the findings beyond the observed data in order to estimate lifetime costs and outcome of new health technologies. The main focus of my methodological research is on the improvements in the decision-making process with a view to better inform public funding decisions. Examples include the development of diseases-specific models, model structuring (including structural uncertainty) and the estimate of the cost-effectiveness threshold in Australia.
I am a member of the Evaluation Sub-Committee (ESC) of the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) whose role is to advise the Australian government on evidence relating to the safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of new medical technologies and procedures. Previously I was an evaluator of submissions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) to determine funding of medicines. I have also been involved in revising MSAC and PBAC Guidelines. Over the past three years, as a chief investigator, I have received over $5 million in research funding from competitive grants and tender submissions.
2004-2007 PhD (Health Economics) (The University of Adelaide)
2003-2004 Graduate Diploma in Public Health
1987-1994 Medicine (MD)
Course Coordinator- Master of Public Health (MPH)
Economic evaluation in health care
Before taking a position at Flinders University in 2019, I was a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide (2009-2018) where I was coordinator for a number of undergraduate and postgraduate health economics courses including: ‘Health Economics’ (a core course for Master of Health Economics and Policy mainly focusing on economic evaluation of new pharmaceuticals), ‘Evaluation in Public Health’ (a core course for MPH), ‘Hacking Health’ (a core course for Advanced Bachelor of Health Sciences), and ‘MPPD3-Health Economics (a core course for 3rd year medical students).
Board member: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy (Since 2014)
An appointed member of the Evaluation Sub-Committee (ESC) of the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) in Australia since 2015.
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