Associate Professor Hossein Haji Ali Afzali

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20002019

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Research Biography

I have a background in medicine (MD) and obtained my PhD in health economics from the University of Adelaide. My main area of expertise relates to the economic evaluation of new health technologies with a focus on the application of decision analytic models aiming to improve models of clinical care in the primary care setting and the decision-making process around the public funding of health care interventions. In terms of applied economic evaluations, my major research activity is the design, conduct and analysis of economic evaluations alongside observational studies and clinical trials. This also includes the application of decision analytic models to extrapolate the findings beyond the observed data in order to estimate lifetime costs and outcome of new health technologies. The main focus of my methodological research is on the improvements in the decision-making process with a view to better inform public funding decisions. Examples include the development of diseases-specific models, model structuring (including structural uncertainty) and the estimate of the cost-effectiveness threshold in Australia.

I am a member of the Evaluation Sub-Committee (ESC) of the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) whose role is to advise the Australian government on evidence relating to the safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of new medical technologies and procedures. Previously I was an evaluator of submissions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) to determine funding of medicines.

Research Interests

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD:

  • Economic evaluation
  • Decision analytic modelling for health economic evaluation
  • Improving public funding decision processes
  • Health technology assessment (HTA)

  • Hospital efficiency measurement

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Research Output

AMEND study protocol: A case-control study to assess the long-term impact of invasive meningococcal disease in Australian adolescents and young adults

Marshall, H., McMillan, M., Wang, B., Booy, R., Afzali, H., Buttery, J., Blyth, C. C., Richmond, P., Shaw, D., Gordon, D. & Barton, B., Dec 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 12, 10 p., e032583.

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    Are the benefits of new health services greater than their opportunity costs?

    Edney, L., Haji Ali Afzali, H. & Karnon, J., 2019, In : Australian Health Review. 43, 5, p. 508-510 3 p., AH18087.

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  • Case fatality rates of invasive meningococcal disease by serogroup and age: A systematic review and meta-analysis

    Wang, B., Santoreneos, R., Giles, L., Haji Ali Afzali, H. & Marshall, H., 9 May 2019, In : Vaccine. 37, 21, p. 2768-2782 15 p.

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  • 12 Citations (Scopus)
  • Lifetime costs of invasive meningococcal disease: A Markov model approach

    Wang, B., Haji Ali Afzali, H., Giles, L. & Marshall, H., 31 Oct 2019, In : Vaccine. 37, 46, p. 6885-6893 9 p.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)