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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.


The draft program for the conference is now available HERE.

Please note that the program may be subject to minor changes.

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. Four graduate students will present their research and there will be a discussant for each paper. There will also be a professional development session. We welcome your attendance to support this important workshop, which can be confirmed when you register for the conference.

Attendance at the AHED online workshop is free, but registration is essential. If you want to attend the AHED workshop only but not the main conference, you can register for it HERE.


Registrations for the AHES 2021 conference are now open. Please register for the conference using the link below before September 17th, 2021. Conference registration fee includes access to both conference days.

Members: $50 (Early Bird) or $75 (Standard): click here.

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

Early bird registration closes on 10th August 2021. Presenters are required to register before the Early Bird deadline. The non-members fee includes a 1-year free AHES membership. Please note that group registration is not possible. All registration fees are in current Australian Dollars and include GST.

Existing members need to register for the conference using their AHES membership email address. If you haven’t paid your membership fee for AHES this year, please select the ‘non-members’ fee when registering for the conference, which includes a 1-year free AHES membership.

The AHES Virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The AHES Annual General Meeting (AGM) will commence at 4:15pm, following the presentations of the conference.

Date: 22nd September 2021 (Wednesday)

Time: 4.15pm - 5.15pm

This event is for AHES members only. Only current AHES members will receive a link to the AGM.

For members, please ensure your membership is up-to-date. For non-members, please sign up for membership. Membership renewals are due by 17th September 2021 and can be done via the AHES website.

Registration: To register your attendance for the AGM, please click HERE. Registration is due by Friday 17th September 2021.

*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.