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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Associate Professor Joshua Byrnes

Associate Professor Joshua Byrnes has worked as an academic and consulting health economist since 2011 after he was awarded his PhD in Health Economics from The University of New South Wales. Joshua’s research expertise centres on the design and analysis of studies for the purpose of measuring and demonstrating value in health.

He is the current Australian President of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, the largest health economics and outcomes research organisation globally. Joshua has significantly impacted and influenced policy, practice and funding decisions in the Australian health system.

    Research team and expertise

    Associate Professor Martin Downes

    Associate Professor Martin Downes 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. Associate Professor Downes is also the Director of a MHIQ research program - Economic, Policy and Innovation Centre for Health Systems (EPIC) which hosts both the Centre for Applied Health Economics and Changing Health Systems (CHESS) research areas.

    Kim Edmunds

    Kim is an applied health economist with an interest in economic evaluation of interventions to address cancer and a dedication to research translation. Her PhD evaluated the cost-effectiveness of exercise medicine in managing the adverse effects of prostate cancer treatment. She is currently funded by the NHMRC CRE in Prostate Cancer Survivorship where she is continuing this research with a focus on economic modelling.

    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.

    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.

    Lauren Ward

    Since 2013, Lauren has supported the successful completion of research and evaluation projects in CAHE and the School of Public Health, Griffith University, as well as the Centre for Health Innovation, Gold Coast Health. Between 2015-19 Lauren was the Research Manager for the Gold Coast Integrated Care program, an innovative pilot of a new patient centred model of care aimed to support general practice in providing care for patients with complex chronic conditions at high risk of hospitalisation.

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