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42nd Annual AHES Conference

The Australian Health Economics Society (AHES) looks forward to welcoming you to the 42nd Annual AHES conference on 21st to the 22nd  September 2021, which will go ahead as a virtual event.

Keynote speakers

AHES is excited to welcome three keynote speakers for this year's conference:

Professor Emily Oster

Emily Oster is a Professor of Economics at Brown University.  She holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University.  Emily’s academic work focuses on health economics, development economics, and statistical methods. In addition to her academic work, Emily has written two bestselling books on data driven parenting, “Expecting Better” and “Cribsheet”. Her third book, "The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years" is set to come out in August 2021. Emily’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, CNBC, NPR, Slate and more. Currently, Emily is working on the National COVID School Response Dashboard, which she developed with Qualtrics.

Professor Kirsten Howard

Kirsten Howard is Professor of Health Economics, and Co-Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy and Economics, in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. She has extensive experience in health economics and health policy research, with a focus on patient and consumer preferences, QOL/wellbeing measurement and economic evaluation.  She has worked in diverse public health areas such as cancer, falls prevention, chronic kidney disease, organ donation and allocation policy and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing, including co-leading the What Matters 2 Adults and the What Matters 2 Youth projects to develop new nationally-relevant preference based wellbeing measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults and youth. She is also Chair of the Economics Sub Committee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and a member of the PBAC.

Professor Jeffrey Hoch

Professor Hoch is the Chief of the Division of Health Policy and Management in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of California at Davis. Also, he is the Associate Director of the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research at UC Davis. An award winning teacher, Professor Hoch has taught Health Economics and Economic Evaluation classes throughout the world. Professor Hoch pursues research making health economics more useful to decision makers.

Abstract Submissions

Abstracts are invited for:

  • Oral presentations
  • Organised sessions (90 minutes per session, consisting of 3 to 4 papers with or without a discussant)

Abstracts should be submitted via the main abstract submission system and following the relevant guidelines for submission for the main conference (by the Sunday 20th June 2021).

AHED Workshop

In conjunction with the Conference, the 10th Australian Health Economics Workshop will be held online on the Monday 20th September 2021. All abstracts submitted by PhD students to the main AHES conference will be automatically considered for the AHED workshop.


Registration will open 1 July 2021 via our conference registration website. Conference registration fee includes access to both conference days.

Members: $50 (Early Bird) or $75 (Standard)

Non-members: $100 (Early Bird) or $125 (Standard)

Early bird registration closes on the 31st July 2021. Presenters are required to register before the Early Bird deadline. Non-members fee includes a 1-year AHES membership. Please note that group registration is not possible. All registration fees are in Australian Dollars and include GST.

Save time by paying your AHES membership fee when you register for the conference

If you haven’t paid your membership fee for AHES this year, you can pay your membership fee at the same time as you register for the conference. Simply select the option “AHES Membership and Conference Combined” to pay your AHES membership fee and receive the discounted conference rate straight away. If you are not intending to pay your AHES membership through the website, please notify us well in advance of registering for the conference to ensure you are able to receive the special conference rate for members.

*Please note this conference page will be updated periodically with new information as it is available. Alternatively, please follow us on Twitter @AusHealthEcon to receive conference updates.