Improving healthcare policy and practice

At the forefront of improving the health care system, the Centre for Applied Health Economics at Griffith University undertakes economic research to deliver safe, effective and efficient healthcare solutions that are responsive to consumer preferences and improve quality of life. The Centre is situated at the Nathan campus, within the School of Medicine with strong research links to the Menzies Health Institute Queensland. This provides the Centre with direct access to clinical and health management professionals from a wide range of disciplines.

About us

The CAHE is led by Professor Paul Scuffham and currently employs several full-time health economists.  In addition, associated with the Centre are Post-doctoral Fellows, PhD students, and an Associate Professor in Biostatistics. The Centre is funded through nationally competitive grants (eg NHMRC, ARC) and contract research for government, non-government organisations and industry. Consequently, the Centre has a direct impact on health policy in Australia and internationally.

Key focus areas

  • Economic evaluation of healthcare interventions and programs.
  • Measuring consumer preferences for healthcare interventions and services.
  • Health Technology Assessment.

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Professor Paul Scuffham (PhD, GAICD, FAHMS)

Paul joined Griffith University in early 2006 as a Professor in Health Economics.  He has since established the Centre for Applied Health Economics and in Dec 2018 became the Director of the Menzies Health Institute Queensland.

His research interests span a wide range of issues including modelling costs and benefits of health care interventions (especially cardiology, mental health, injury prevention, vaccines and telemedicine), valuation of health outcomes, and priority-setting through consumer engagement in health policy decisions.

    Research team and expertise

    Associate Professor Dianne Shanley

    Associate Professor Shanley is the Director of the Allied Health and Psychology Clinic and a Clinical Psychologist. Her area of expertise is implementing and evaluating change in health care systems. Her research improves how health services are delivered to children, making access to help easier and quicker.

    Professor Angus (Shu-Kay) Ng

    Professor Ng is an internationally-recognised expert in biostatistics in mixture models, the EM algorithm, and random-effects modelling, with significant impact on tackling real-world problems in the fields of medical and health sciences. He has engaged in multidisciplinary research projects, clinical trials, Government and consultancy contracts and evaluation, editorial committees and grant assessment.

    Associate Professor Martin Downes

    Martin leads the health technology assessment team at CAHE and has experience in, epidemiology, study design, health technology assessment, project management, and analysing data. Key area involves; evaluation of new technologies for listing on the PBS and the MBS.

    Dr Sara McMillan

    Sara is a registered pharmacist and lecturer at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. She is an early career researcher with an interest in using qualitative methodologies to improve care for special populations within the community pharmacy setting.

    Dr Chi Kin Law

    Dr Law is a senior research fellow at Centre for Applied Health Economics of Griffith University and Centre for Health Innovation of Gold Coast Health for Gold Coast Integrated Care (GCIC) Evaluation. He has extensive experience on cost-of-illness, economic evaluation and epidemiology of chronic disease and mental disorder.

    Dr Kathryn Modecki

    Dr Modecki explores adolescents’ developmental risks via long term longitudinal and intensive “in vivo” ambulatory assessment studies. Her translational research examines how adolescents’ characteristics and time use settings work to protect youth from or propel them towards problematic mental and physical health trajectories.

    Associate Professor Stefano Occhipinti

    Associate Professor Stefano Occhipinti is a social psychologist who has worked on competitively funded research in psycho-oncology for some years. His research has addressed men’s decision making and experience of treatment in prostate cancer. Currently he is focusing on stigma towards patients and carers in lung cancer.

    Victoria Stewart

    Victoria Stewart is a Lecturer in the postgraduate mental health practice programs at Griffith University. She has over 25 years experience in mental health as a practitioner, educator and researcher. Her research and education role is focused on recovery-oriented practice and improving service experiences for consumers and carers.

    Professor Amanda Wheeler

    Amanda Wheeler is Professor of Mental Health at Griffith University. She is a registered pharmacist who has worked as a health practitioner, educator and researcher in mental health and pharmacy practice for almost 20 years. She is nationally and internationally recognised for her expertise in these areas.

    Dr Haitham Tuffaha

    Dr Haitham Tuffaha is NHMRC and Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics. His research encompasses the economic evaluation of healthcare technologies and research prioritisation. He is the Chair of COSA-Epidemiology Group, Co-chair of ACTA Research Prioritisation Group, and Secretary of ISPOR-Australian Chapter.

    Associate Professor Emily Callander

    Associate Professor Callander specialises in maternal and early child health. Associate Professor Callander holds an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship and leads the health economic component of numerous NHMRC funded projects in maternal health care.

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