Dr Rachel Milte

Senior Reseach Fellow and Matthew Flinders Fellow

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North (N202)
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 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.

Research Impact

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.

Research Interests

  • Aged care
  • Health economics
  • Development and implementation of instruments for measuring quality of life
  • Cost-effectiveness of allied health, public health, and restorative care interventions for people across the lifespa

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
  • 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

Matthew Flinders Senior Research Fellow

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)