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
With training in health, research methodology and economics, Dr Milte has established a career in health economics with particular strength and focus on understanding the value to consumers of health and aged care services. Her contributions to the field so far have included developing a mixed methods approach incorporating qualitative and discrete choice experiments (DCE) to understand the preferences of older adults and their family members.
Since her PhD in 2014, Dr Milte has been awarded over $4.6 million in research funding which includes four grants as the lead Chief Investigator. Dr Milte regularly undertakes economic evaluations alongside clinical trials, and is currently working at the lead health economist for 8 such trials. She has experience in conducting economic evalution in groups as diverse as rehabilitation patients with complex needs, adults living with severe mental illness, children from low socio-economic backgrounds, and indigenous Australians.
Dr Milte has developed a strong track record of translating applied research into policy impact.A quality of care instrument she developed (the Consumer Choice Index-Six Dimension or CCI-6D) was used in a nation-wide survey of quality of care of aged care residents conducted for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
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.
PhD (2014, Flinders University)
Bachelor of Science (Honours) First Class (2010, Flinders University)
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (2007, Flinders University)
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.
Matthew Flinders Senior Research Fellow
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