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Research Biography

Following academic positions in health economics research groups at Brunel University (1995 to 2001) and the University of Sheffield (2001 to 2007), I held a balanced teaching and research academic role at the University of Adelaide from 2007 to 2019. Since 2019 I have held the positions of Research Professor and a Deputy Director of the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHMRI) at Flinders University.

My Deputy Director role focuses on supporting FHMRI researchers undertaking public health and health services research, including a large cohort of FHMRI researchers based in the Northern Territory. 

In my Research Professor role, I lead a research group of eight health economists and health services researchers, with a focus on the use of health economics to improve health service delivery and organisation. 

Research Interests

Recent NHMRC and MRFF funding has supported deep engagement with local health services in SA, including an ‘embedded economist’ project involving the conduct of a wide range of economic evaluations to inform decision-making on interventions to prevent hospital acquired complications, and a range of ED, outpatient and out-of-hospital services, including virtual ED care. The learnings from this research have been synthesised in a submitted manuscript titled "Local level economic evaluation: What is it? What is its value and Is it sustainable?”.

A focus of my methods research is how to optimise the use of the data available to conduct local level economic evaluations, including the use of decision analytic models, counterfactual modelling and expert elicitation to address risk of bias and heterogeneity. The use of data extracted from electronic medical records offers significant opportunities in this area.

Another key area of research interest is the estimation of opportunity costs as the foundation for cost-effectiveness thresholds and decision-making. This work is being led by my colleague Dr Laura Edney, alongside an international network of researchers working on this topic.

Supervised Students Successes

  • Feb 2014 Taryn Bessen - Dean's commendation
  • Jul 2013 Victoria Wade - Dean's commendation
  • May 2012 Hao-Min Cheng - Dean's commendation

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Health economics (5)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Health economics (4)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Economic Evaluation of Health Care Technologies: A Comparison of Alternative Decision Modelling Techniques, Brunel University London

1 Oct 19971 Mar 2001

Award Date: 1 Jun 2001

Master, Health Economics, University of York

1 Sept 199431 Aug 1995

Award Date: 1 Sept 1995

External positions

President, Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand

10 Dec 201410 Dec 2018

Member, Economic Sub-Committee, Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee

1 Oct 20091 Oct 2022


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Research Areas

  • Public health

Supervisory Interests

  • Primary health care
  • Health technology assessment
  • Hospitals
  • Health economics
  • Health economic evaluation
  • Patient reported outcomes measures
  • Decision analytic modelling


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