Specialist research centres in health economics
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The Centre for Health Economics is one of the largest independent groups of health economists in Australia. We are recognised as one of the leading centres in health economics research and education, both in Australia and internationally. We have made, and continue to make, a significant contribution to the public debate and policy development in the Australian healthcare sector.
Many of our projects are funded by NHMRC and ARC grants, as well as through contract research. We have collaborated with institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO), Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and Harvard and Stanford Universities.
The Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation provides a critical mass of health economists and health services researchers who have developed a national and international reputation for excellence in research and teaching, a reputation for timely and high quality policy advice and support, a research program that is both policy relevant and concerned with issues at the forefront of the sub-discipline of health economics, and a capacity to nurture and develop research staff.
CHERE’s research strategy is aimed at progressing this through four areas of research activity: conceptual, methodological, applied and policy based research. Whilst these distinctions are useful for planning and review purposes, there is considerable overlap between the different research goals in specific projects.
CHERE has extensive experience in evaluating health services and programs, and in assessing the effectiveness of policy initiatives. The Centre provides policy support to all levels of the health care system, through both formal and informal involvement in working parties, committees, and by undertaking commissioned projects.
The Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE) is an applied research centre focused on investigating the Australian health, ageing and disability sectors at the macro level, with particular focus on the interdependencies of the systems with each other, and the broader community.
The primary objective of the Centre is to provide government, business, and not-for-profit organisations with world-leading independent and applied research, which can be used to inform public debate, assist government and business decision-making, and help formulate strategy and policy.
The Centre for Applied Health Economics (CAHE), under the School of Medicine at Griffith University, is developing an Australian and international reputation for quality research. Our research activities are in three general areas:
- Methods of economic evaluation relating to health care interventions (pharmaceuticals, medical devices, health care programs)
- Health care financing including preferences and priority setting in health care
- Evaluation of health services and health policy
Deakin Health Economics (DHE) was established in late 2006 and forms part of the Population Health Strategic Research Centre in the Faculty of Health. With a staff of 15 health economists, including 9 senior researchers, we are a strong centre of excellence in applied economic appraisal. The expertise of our staff ranges from the design and implementation of economic evaluation and health technology assessment, to economic modeling and priority setting. Our expertise extends to associated skills in literature review and synthesis (including meta-analysis), economic evaluation alongside trials and the evaluation of complex community-based interventions. We have content expertise in a range of clinical areas including mental health, obesity prevention and management, early childhood development & maternal health, and stroke amongst others. We are proud of the research collaborations we have built up in these areas. The group is currently building its teaching profile to encourage new researchers into the field of health economics.
The expertise and standing of the research team is affirmed by over 10 years of research activity as a self-funding research group, with an impressive track record in both competitive grants (national and international) and commissioned research. DHE has preferred provider status for economic evaluation with both the Commonwealth Department of Health and the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance. DHE has been commissioned to provide health technology assessments to both the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) and the Victorian Policy Advisory Committee on Technology (VPACT). DHE staff are regularly asked to sit on NHMRC grant and scholarship assessment committees and to undertake independent review of grant applications.
Flinders Health Economics Group (FHEG) is incorporated within Flinders Centre for Clinical Change and Health Care Research. The main aim of FHEG is to develop methodological and applied research in health economics. Economic evaluation is an important component of the research programme of FHEG, the specific role of which is to provide high quality policy relevant economic evaluations to the numerous clinical trials and impact evaluations currently being conducted within the School of Medicine at Flinders University and collaborating institutions.
GenIMPACT: Centre for Economic Impacts of Genomic Medicine
GenIMPACT: Centre for Economic Impacts of Genomic Medicine focuses primarily on the potential of genomics and similarly path-breaking new innovations that improve health, where these advances have significant impacts on the economy and society. The impacts not only have the potential to transform individual lives but also have marked impacts across multiple Federal and State government portfolios addressing health, economic, and social policy priorities.
GenIMPACT has a broad research base in health economics and the application of genomics to intellectual disability, preconception carrier screening, rare diseases and childhood cancer. It is an expansion of our long standing research program on productivity and health.
The Health Economics Unit at the Centre for Health Policy, The University of Melbourne is a small, highly skilled group of health economists. The research team undertakes a range of economic evaluation, health systems research, simulation modelling and risk prediction, health inequality, and methodological research. Our projects have informed policy-making decisions in a range of areas, at State, Commonwealth and International levels. Our research spans the following areas:
- Economic Evaluation and Health Technology Assessment
- Health Systems Research
- Simulation Modelling and Risk Prediction
- Health Inequality
- Child Health
We work within the Centre for Health Policy at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, and form part of the wider University of Melbourne Health Economics Group.
The School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) has a large program of health economic research and teaching. Academics at the School are involved in health economic research across a range of topics in both a national and international context. Key health economic research areas include economic evaluation (cost-effectiveness analysis), health financing and health policy research. There are also a number of research academics at other UNSW Schools and Centres who are members of the SPHCM Health Economic Consortium.
Health Economics at the University of Sydney, School of Public Health, includes academics from a variety of fields including economics, bio-statistics and clinical practise, who carry out research on health systems, chronic disease, methodological issues, and develop economic evaluations.
Economists from the School of Public Health participate in the Health Economics Collaboration (HEC), a network of economists based at Universities within NSW; it hosts seminars and runs workshops and short courses to foster the exchange of ideas between Health Economists and increase awareness about the field of Health Economics.
The Melbourne Institute is Australia's leading and longest standing research institute in the field of economics, undertaking cutting-edge research into key issues relevant to contemporary economic and social policy. The Melbourne Institute's mission is:
- undertake and publish high-quality independent and impartial applied research on major policy-relevant economic and social issues in Australia
- foster informed discussion and debate about public policy in Australia
- contribute to the international literature in selected key research areas that are of international relevance
- provide highly valued research services, publications, datasets and products for government, business and community groups
- provide research training through an internationally recognised PhD program
NCEPH's mission is to contribute, using a health development approach, to better health, nationally and internationally, through our research contributions to epidemiology and other population health disciplines, and to public health policy and practice through our educational programs.
The Centre for the Business and Economics of Health (CBEH) conducts research on innovative, effective and cost-effective healthcare solutions and the economic and social benefits of health and healthcare. The Centre informs policy and practice through a combination of investigator-led and commercial research projects that are designed to find ways to improve health and wellbeing for all Australians.