Professor Deborah Schofield

Professor of Health Economics
NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, School of Public Health

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Biographical details

Professor Schofield’s career has spanned the Australian Government public service, academia and clinical practice and she has a national and international reputation for her work in economic modelling of the health system. [More...]

Research interests

Professor Deborah Schofield currently leads a work program focusing on: modelling ageing and retirement and their relationships with health and the labour force; modelling of demographic change and the health workforce; long term forecasting of health services and expenditure; and a cohort study of rural health clinicians. Her current major research projects include:

• The economic impacts of illness:

- Leads a $717K grant undertaken with NATSEM examining labour force participation and income tax and savings lost due to early retirement, funded by the ARC and Pfizer Australia; and

- A $1.8m grant on understanding the impact of social, economic and geographic disadvantage on the health of Australians in mid - later life where she leads the economic engagement theme, funded by the NHMRC.

• Ageing and retirement of the medical workforce

- Co-leads the Australian contingent for the International Medical Workforce Collaborative

- Leads the health workforce research stream for a $1.5 m Research and Development Capacity Building Infrastructure Grant funded by NSW Health