Moving my health economics teaching online during COVID19

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Moving my health economics teaching online during COVID19
HPOL5000 is a core unit in the Master of Public Health program at the University of Sydney. Anne Marie Thow and I co-coordinate the unit, which covers introductory health policy and health economics. Semester 1 2020 started on the 17th of February and we were excited to have a large cohort of nearly 300 students. ...

What I learned during #AcWriMo 2019

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What I learned during #AcWriMo 2019
I started #AcWriMo 2019 with all the best of intentions, but life really did get in the way this year. If you don’t know about Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo), it was started by PhD2Published, but is now a world wide gathering in November each year of academics wanting a  writing boost. There’s more detail in ...

Asking about understanding in choice surveys

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Asking about understanding in choice surveys
Half of health researchers doing choice surveys (known as discrete choice experiments) ask respondents if they understood the survey. However, only around half of these go on to analyse the answers or use the results. This variation in practice was identified in a survey of health researchers, published recently in the journal Value in Health. ...

Transitioning from Early-Career Researcher to Mid-Career Researcher

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Transitioning from Early-Career Researcher to Mid-Career Researcher
Recently I’ve been thinking about the transition from being an early-career researcher (ECR) to a mid-career researcher (MCR). Six months ago I finished my UTS Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, which funded me for three years at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation. The idea of these fellowships is to transition early career researchers into ...

Disseminating my research

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Disseminating my research
Publication in a peer-reviewed journal is no longer sufficient – research findings need to be disseminated more broadly to ensure (and demonstrate) that they have impact. This means that once I’ve submitted an article for publication I immediately start working on the dissemination plan (if I haven’t already done it as a form of ‘productive ...

Practical resources for analysing your first DCE

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Practical resources for analysing your first DCE
  I’m relatively new to discrete choice experiments and have really enjoyed learning about the different analysis approaches and techniques used. It is such a rapidly evolving field and there is always something new to learn. While there is a lot happening to push the boundaries, I’ve recently been helping a couple of people with the ...

Health economics and occupational therapy

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I attended the Australian Occupational Therapy Conference last week, for the first time in nearly 15 years! I went to support some OT’s I’ve been working with on an economic evaluation, but it was lovely to catch up with friends and colleagues from my OT life before health economics. I also realised there wasn’t much ...

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 ...