Julie Ratcliffe is the newly appointed Mathew Flinders Fellow and Professor of Health Economics in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She also holds Honorary Professorial positions in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow and the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield.
Previously she has held academic positions in the Health Economics Research Unit at Brunel University, the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield and most recently in the Institute for Choice, University of South Australia. During the course of her career, Professor Ratcliffe has published over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals and she has been a chief investigator on over 50 multi-disciplinary research grants including grants awarded by the NHMRC and ARC in Australia and the MRC and ESRC in the UK. Her research interests include the measurement and valuation of health and quality of life outcomes, patient and consumer preferences and the economic evaluation of interventions across health and social care sectors.
Professor Ratcliffe has been recognised for her excellence in PhD supervision: UNISA Vice Chancellor and President's Scholarship in 2017 for top performing student and excellence in PhD studies awarded to Ms Christine Mpundu-Kaambwa.
Professor Julie Ratcliffe is an experienced health economist and an internationally recognised leader in economic evaluation for health and social care sectors. Her research expertise centres on the measurement and valuation of health, quality of life and wellbeing outcomes for economic evaluation. She is a co-author on the seminal textbook for this topic (Brazier J, Ratcliffe J, Salomon J, Tsuchiya A. Measuring and Valuing Health Benefits for Economic Evaluation - second edition recently commissioned and published in 2017 by Oxford University Press) widely cited and utilised internationally in health economics teaching programmes and by researchers, practitioners and policy-makers. Professor Ratcliffe is currently the lead investigator on a 3 year programme of work funded by the Australian Research Council to develop a new quality of life and wellbeing instrument for application in economic evaluation for the aged care sector. She leads a health economics team with internationally recognised expertise in the measurement and valuation of quality of life, economic evaluation and the development and application of discrete choice experiments for eliciting consumer preferences across health and social care. During the course of her career Professor Ratcliffe has contributed as the lead health economist to the design, conduct and translation of over 50 multi-disciplinary research projects including aged care researchers and practitioners, health service researchers and policy makers. She has successfully led several large-scale projects including a recent multi-state project funded by the Australian Research Council to assess the cost effectiveness of consumer directed community aged care.
Professor Ratcliffe regularly presents lectures and workshops on health economics and economic evaluation methodology to students, fellow academics, members of the pharmaceutical industry and health care professionals. Her teaching has included the following:
Professor Ratcliffe regularly engages in the co-design, delivery and translation of applied health economics research with aged care organisations, health and disability service organisations and consumers. From 2016-2018 Professor Ratcliffe was an invited expert health economist member of the South Australian Health Department’s Policy Advisory Committee on Health Technologies (SAPACT). She also regularly provides the Southern Adelaide Health Network with assistance in evaluating the costs and outcomes of health services.