Professor Julie Ratcliffe

Professor, Health Economics and Matthew Flinders Fellow

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North Wing (N206)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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.

Qualifications
PhD Health Economics, Brunel University, UK
MSc Health Economics, University of York, UK
BA Hons Economics, University of Manchester, UK
Honours, awards and grants
  • Professor Ratcliffe and her co-authors were awarded the 2017 International Society for Quality of Life Research outstanding article of the year award for "Does one size fit all? Assessing the preferences of older and younger people for attributes of quality of life" published in the international journal Quality of Life Research.
  • Professor Ratcliffe has been recognised twice within the last 5 years for excellence in the mentoring of early career researchers Flinders University Vice Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher of the year award Dr Gang Chen 2014; Dr Nikki McCaffrey 2016.
  • 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.

Research expertise
Applied economics
Health services research
Research interests

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.

Teaching interests

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:

  • Master of Public Health, Flinders University (2009-2018)
  • Master of Health Economics and Policy, University of Adelaide (2010-2016)
  • Master of Health Technology Assessment, University of Glasgow (2016-2018)
  • Massive online open course (MOOC) on Measuring and Valuing Health, University of Sheffield (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Convener of short course in health economics for members of Flinders Centre for Clinical Change and Health Care Research, Flinders University (2011-2016)
Supervisory interests
Health economic evaluation
Health policy
Patient outcomes
Patient preferences
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Health Economics (3)
Associate supervisor: Health Services Research (2)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Health Economics (5)
Associate supervisor: Health Services Research (1), Public Health (1)
Publications
Expert for media contact
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Economics
Health management, policy and ethics
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