The Australian Health Economics Society (AHES) looks forward to welcoming you to the 40th Annual AHES conference in Hobart, on the Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th September, 2018.

The local organisers are Barbara de Graaff, and Andrew Palmer (Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania) and Martin Hensher (Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services and School of Medicine, University of Tasmania)

Plenary Sessions

Professor Donald KenkelDonald Kenkel

AHES is excited to be hosting Prof Kenkel for this year's conference. Prof Kenkel holds the Joan K. and Irwin M. Jacobs Professorship at Cornell University in the College of Human Ecology. He has a broad experience in the economics of health and public sector interventions. He is a recognised expert in the economics of public health prevention policies, including alcohol taxes to prevent alcohol related harms to health, and cigarette taxes reduce youth smoking.

The future of Health Economics in Australia

Health economics during the past 15 years has changed considerably in Australia. Though demand continues to exceed supply, new centres and groups have emerged and grown across Australia. How can this development be harnessed to increase the quality and policy relevance of health economics research? What are the future areas of research we should focus on?  What are the implications for further development and training? The aim of this session is to discuss these issues and highlight future areas of growth. Invited speakers from policy and academic backgrounds will bring their perspectives to what promises to be an informative and challenging discussion.

Conference Program

The draft conference program is now available here.

Conference Registrations

Registrations for the conference are now open. Discounted rates are available for AHES members, students, and Early Bird Registrants. To display the AHES Member or Student Member rates please log in as a member to the website before registering.  Early Bird rates are available until the 27th August.

We request that all presenters register for the conference by the 24th August to ensure their place in the program.


Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

The Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart is the conference hotel and located overlooking the River Derwent and Constitution Dock. There are a limited number of rooms on hold for conference attendees. Please book through this link for the conference rates.

Abstract Submissions

Abstract submissions are now closed. To check the status of your submission please log into Conference Maker website and check under 'My Submissions'.


The Australian Health Economics Society Annual General Meeting will be held on the Tuesday 25th September, before the Conference Dinner, at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held on the Tuesday 25th September at the Henry Jones Art Hotel located overlooking the Hobart waterfront. The price for the dinner is $100 per head. If you would like to join us for the conference dinner please indicate this with your conference registration.

Getting around Hobart

Most hotels are located close to the CBD and waterfront, meaning that many venues are within walking distance. Other options include:

Airport transfers: Shuttle buses operate between Hobart airport and a range of hotels:

Taxis in Hobart can be hailed from the kerb on the street or engaged at one of several designated taxi ranks throughout the city centre. Taxis can also be booked directly with one of several private taxi companies operating across the city. Alternately, Uber is also available in and around Hobart.

Metro operates the bus system throughout Hobart. For more information visit the MetroTas website.

Things to do and see

There are many things to do in and around Hobart, including enjoying the fascinating history, stunning scenery, and fantastic food and wine the region has to offer.

For great advice on what to see and do in Hobart, visit:

Visit MONA by boat or bus:

Salamanca market

Hobart and Battery Point at night…

Tours of South-eastern Tasmania by water:

Bruny Island Safaris:

Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula Tours:

Please note this site will be updated regularly with more details as they become available.

For Conference Enquiries please contact AHES Vice President David Johnston.