Dr Nikki McCaffrey

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Nikki is a health economist with a professional background in pharmacy, and has been successful as:-

  • An academic, applying qualitative and quantitative approaches to primary and secondary research in palliative care, health outcome measurement, the quality use of medicines, healthy ageing and epidemiology;
  • An evaluator, critiquing submissions by the pharmaceutical industry seeking reimbursement for medicines through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in Australia;
  • A training consultant, developing and delivering adult learning workshops to hundreds of health care professionals in the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK;
  • A pharmaceutical adviser, providing guidance to over 40 general practitioners, and healthcare teams regarding the evidence-based cost-effective use of medicines; and
  • A healthcare professional, providing advice, information and treatments to the general public, improving the health of the population.

PhD - Flinders University (2013)
Modelling joint cost and multiple outcomes uncertainty on the cost-disutility plane: case studies in palliative care

Graduate Diploma in Health Ecomomics & Policy - Monash University (2008)

Level IV Master Trainer - Australian Institute of Fitness (2006)

Epidemiological Research Methods - University of Adelaide (2005)
Introduction to Epidemiology & Biostatistic - University of Adelaide (2005)

Masters of Prescribing Sciences - University of Liverpool, UK (2002)

Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy - De Montford University, UK (1999)

Honours Degree in Pharmacy - Sunderland University (1990)

Honours, awards and grants

2016-19 Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie Research Programme: UK£454,701

The MENAC Trial-A randomised, open-label trial of a Multimodal Intervention (Exercise, Nutrition and Anti-inflammatory Medication) plus standard care versus standard care alone to prevent / attenuate Cachexia in advanced cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.Fearon, Haswell, Banks, Mulatero, Laird, Wall, Graham, Hatton, McCaffrey, Maddocks, Fayers, Price, Fallon.

2015-18 NSW Government Department of Health sponsored clinical trials for cannabis/ cannabis products:$1,905,498

Evaluation of oromucosal nabiximols and vaporised botanical leaf cannabis in cancer-related anorexia cachexia syndrome. Phase III double-blind randomised controlled trial. Agar, Currow, Lintzeris, Solowij, Quinn, McCaffrey, Phillips, Martin, Lovell, McGregor, Martin, Allsop.

2014-17 National Breast Cancer Foundation Accelerator grant: $939,139

Implementing a national clinical pathway for pain to ensure equitable, cost-effective,evidence-based,person-centred care for people with advanced breast and other cancers. Lovell, Phillips, Agar, Boyle, Davidson, Luckett, Currow, Ryan, McCaffrey,Shaw.

2014-16 NHMRC Project Grant: $860,807

Improving morphine prescribing for breathlessness - a phase III clinical effectiveness trial of sustained release morphine for the symptomatic treatment of chronic refractory breathlessness. Currow, Abernethy, McDonald, Quinn, Kirkpatrick, Somogyi, Miner, Davidson, Kilbreath, Denehy, Johnson, McCaffrey, Agar.

2014-19 NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in End of Life Care: $2,495,543

Yates, Mitchell, Currow, Eagar, Edwards, Gardner, Willmott, Bonner, Clark, Tieman, Beattie, Broom, Johnson, McCaffrey, McCarthy, McDonald, White.

2013-14 Flinders University Faculty of Health Sciences Early Career Research grant: $16,000

Measuring the benefits of palliative care to inform equitable and efficient healthcare funding and policy decisions. McCaffrey, Currow, Ratcliffe.

2009-10 Australian Government Department of Health & Ageing Research Grant: $131,887

Palliative Extended and Care at home Packages (PEACH) evaluation project. National Palliative Care programme, Palliative Care for people at home. Agar, Harlum, Wiltshire, Currow, Eckermann, McCaffrey, Girotto.

Supervisory interests
Health economic evaluation
Health economics
Health services research
Health technology assessment
Hospice care
Informal caregivers
Outcome measurement
Palliative care
Patient outcomes
Psychometric analysis
Quality of life
Supportive care
Valuing health related quality of life