11 questions to help you work with a health economist

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11 questions to help you work with a health economist
As part of developing the ‘Integrating Health Economics In Clinical Research’ Workshop held in Vancouver in Feb 2019, we decided it would be useful to have a session on ‘how to work with a health economist’. This was because many of us had the experience of being contacted at the last minute to ‘add a ...

Best Health Services and Policy Research Papers – 2018 Award winner

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Best Health Services and Policy Research Papers - 2018 Award winner
I was thrilled to be awarded the Overall winner of the 2018 HSRAANZ Best Health Services and Policy Research Paper last night. These awards recognise the best scientific works in the field health services and policy research. The award was for my paper on cancer-related lost productivity in the developing countries Brazil, Russia, India, China ...

Cancer is about more than health: work and leisure after cancer

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Cancer is about more than health: work and leisure after cancer
This is a guest blogpost by Marjon Faaij, who I was delighted to supervise for her Master of Pharmacy research project.  We made a great team – Marjon had a personal interest in the impact of cancer on daily life, and I had access to some data about cancer survivorship through the PROFILES registry. Even better, because ...

1 in 5 people with cancer report financial difficulties

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More than 20% of people with cancer in the Netherlands report financial difficulties as a result of their cancer care. If they are unemployed, this goes up to over 25%, as found in a paper published today in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship. Dr Alison Pearce, the lead author on the study explains “People often ...

My experience of mentoring

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My experience of mentoring
I have been asked a few times recently to give presentations on my experience of mentoring as an early career researcher. I have been lucky to have had a number of formal and informal mentoring experiences over the last 10 years, and some have been more successful than others. I’ve been mentored by bosses, colleagues ...

Treating anxiety in people with cancer could save the health system money

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Treating anxiety in people with cancer could save the health system money
It is normal to experience distress after a cancer diagnosis, but for some people distress can become so severe it affects a person’s mental health. We found that people who have anxiety as well as cancer often cost the health system more, particularly when anxiety is undiagnosed and untreated. Cancer patients with clinical levels of ...

5 great quotes from the Women in Economics Retreat

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5 great quotes from the Women in Economics Retreat
Last week I attended the 2018 Women in Economics Retreat, organised by the Economics Society of Australia Women in Economics Network. It was 2 days in the Southern Highlands with a wonderful group of early and mid-career researchers, led by an amazing selection of mentors. The attendees worked in a broad range of economics roles, ...

$46 billion in productivity lost to cancer in developing countries

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$46 billion in productivity lost to cancer in developing countries
Premature – and potentially avoidable – death from cancer is costing tens of billions of dollars in lost productivity in a group of key developing economies that includes China, India and South Africa. Over two-thirds of the world’s cancer deaths occur in economically developing countries, but the societal costs of cancer have rarely been assessed ...

The reality of chemotherapy side effects

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The reality of chemotherapy side effects
My latest publication shows that over three-quarters of people having chemotherapy in New South Wales experience multiple side effects during their treatment, and for over 60% of people this included a serious side effect. These results confirm previous research that suggests side effects might be more common, and more serious, in clinical practice (ie ‘real ...

Cancer deaths to cost Ireland €73 billion over the next 20 years

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A paper I worked on at the National Cancer Registry Ireland has been published in the journal BMC Cancer. Together with my collaborators, we estimated that deaths from cancer over the next 20 years will cost the Irish economy €73 billion in lost productivity. When people die from cancer, society loses their contribution to the ...