Associate Professor Hossein Afzali

Associate Professor in Health Economics

College of Medicine and Public Health

Research expertise

I am a health economist with a broad level of expertise across all components of economic evaluation of new health technologies (e.g. medical devices, medical procedures, pharmaceuticals). 

Research expertise

I am a health economist with a broad level of expertise across all components of economic evaluation of new health technologies (e.g. medical devices, medical procedures, pharmaceuticals). 

place Health Sciences Building (2.34)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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.

Qualifications

2004-2007    PhD (Health Economics) (The University of Adelaide)

2003-2004    Graduate Diploma in Public Health

1987-1994    Medicine (MD)     

Honours, awards and grants
  • Alan Williams Fellowship Award: Centre for Health Economics (CHE), the University of York (UK), 2015
  • Best Presentation Award: Good practices for structuring cost-effectiveness models in decision making. 20th International Conference in Applied Health Economics and Health Policy. Singapore, March 2018
Research expertise
Applied economics
Health services research
Research interests

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD:

  • Economic evaluation
  • Decision analytic modelling for health economic evaluation
  • Improving public funding decision processes
  • Health technology assessment (HTA)

  • Hospital efficiency measurement

Teaching interests

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).

Topic coordinator
PHCA9519 Economic Evidence for Health Care Decision Making
Higher degree by research supervision
Completion
Principal supervisor: Health economics (2)
Associate supervisor: Health economics (2)
Publications
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Economic evaluation of health care interventions
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Interests
  • Economic evaluation of health care interventions

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