Associate Professor Rachel Milte

Associate Professor

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North (WS3038)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Rachel Milte

Caring Futures Institute - Health and Social Care Economics Enabling Theme / Quality Aged Care Area of Focus

Position Title: Matthew Flinders Senior Research Fellow

Research Biography

With training in health, research methodology and economics, Dr Milte has a growing national and emerging international reputation in innovative health services research. She has proven experience in undertaking high quality economic evaluations along-side clinical trials, and analysis of health care expenditure in the context of the Australian health system.

Awarded her PhD in 2014, Dr Milte has since been awarded over $6.6 million in research as Chief Investigator. Dr Milte regularly undertakes economic evaluations alongside clinical trials, and is currently leading the economic evaluation component of 10 NHMRC/MRFF-funded clinical trials. Dr Milte has extensive experience in use of Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) measures in clinical trials. She is part of the team which developed the Quality of Life-Aged Care (QOL-ACC) measure ( 

Research Impact

Dr Milte specialises in undertaking economic evaluations alongside clinical trials for vulnerable groups, including people living with severe mental illness, dementia, living with a disability, and disadvantaged children. Her work as the health economist evaluating the cost effectiveness of small-dementia specific care homes published in the Medical Journal of Australia has been used as evidence for the recommendation by the Aged Care Royal Commission to expand use of these models in the sector.

In 2020 she was part of the team commissioned by the Royal Commission to investigate the quality of care and funding of Australia’s aged care system. This work was referred to extensively in the Royal Commission Final Report in recommendations around financing aged care, and defining high-quality care for the system.

Research Interests

  •      Aged care
  •      Health economics
  •      Quality of life

PhD (2014, Flinders University)

Bachelor of Science (Honours) First Class (2010, Flinders University)

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (2007, Flinders University)

Honours, awards and grants
  • 2023: Flinders University Vice-Chancellor's Award for Resaerch Impact and Engagement (Research Team)
  • 2020: Flinders University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researchers

  • 2020: Runner Up Australian Health Economics Society Deeble-Scotton Prize for Policy Impact

  • 2019: Matthew Flinders Fellowship, Flinders University

  • 2018: UniSA Business School Peer to Peer Reward and Recognition Awards, Accomplisher Award

  • 2017: Membership of the International Academy of Health Preference Research

  • 2017: UniSA Early Career Researcher Networking Award, $9,440

  • 2013:Top 15 Poster Oral Presentations, 2nd Fragility Fracture Network Global Congress, 29-31 August, Berlin, Germany.

Key responsibilities

ARC Industry Fellowship - Partnering with aged care providers and consumers to develop Accessible-Communication Outcome Measures

Supervisory interests
Health economic evaluation
Health services research
Nutritional health of older adults
Rehabilitation and aged care
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: PhD - Quality of Life Measurement (1), Honours - healthcare preferences for rehabilitation (1)
Associate supervisor: PhD- Health economics (1)
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