Health Economics Short Courses and Workshops
An Introduction to the Application of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health
Why? Across the globe, health sector organisations, both public and private, are increasingly being required to take economic considerations into account in their decision-making.
What is it? This course provides an introduction to the use of economic analysis in evaluating health programs. The course aims to provide participants with an understanding of priority setting and the application of cost-effectiveness. It entails a combination of short lectures, case studies and practical class exercises.
Who is the course for? It is targeted at policy makers, clinicians, researchers, managers and others working in the health sector who may be dealing with these economic issues. No previous knowledge of health economics is required.
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Currently there are no short courses planned for 2011
What the course is about
Analytic methods of economic evaluation are applied in health care to address the fundamental economic question of how to allocate scarce health care resources to maximise health gain. This course teaches the latest methods for performing a cost-effectiveness analysis of a healthcare intervention.
Standards of best practice in economic evaluation, required by health technology assessment and reimbursement agencies, and more recently by leading journals, have become more explicit and more demanding over time. The course provides the expertise to use and interpret the guidelines issued by official and professional bodies.
Who the course is for
The course is designed for those who need to perform cost-effectiveness analysis in healthcare, and those who need to understand in some depth the issues that health economists face when performing these analyses, hence, researchers and decision makers from public, commercial and academic organizations concerned with healthcare resource allocation. In the eleven years that the course has been running participants have come from a wide variety of organizations, and from all over the world. If you are unsure as to whether the course is suitable for you, please email and we will be happy to advise.
The course consists of six half day sessions spread over three days, starting with an introduction, then four taught sessions, followed by a final session for Q&A and completion. The four taught sessions cover the following topics:
Analysis of health outcomes,
Analysis of cost data,
Decision analysis and modelling,
Reporting and presenting results in CEA.
Course Location: University of Sydney New Law Building
Registration: This course is fully subscribed and we are no longer taking registrations, sorry for the inconvenience.
Economics of Prevention: Developing a Framework for Policy Analysis 13 March 2009
David Meltzer, University of Chicago
Louise Russell, Rutgers University
Philip Clarke, University of Sydney
Bob Gregory, Australian National University
Deborah Schofield, University of Sydney
Leonie Segal, University of South Australia
Investing more in health promotion, prevention and early intervention is on the policy agenda of State and Federal Governments in Australia. There is a wide range of options for investment ranging from increasing expenditure on new pharmaceutical therapies such as the poly-pill or a vaccine for heart disease to health promotion strategies aimed at reducing childhood obesity.
This workshop aimed to discuss an economic framework to decide on the best way of allocating more resources to prevention and promotion including:
How should we be measuring and valuing the benefits?
How can we assess potential savings in health care costs?
Can methods such as cost-effectiveness analysis be used to allocate additional resources to prevention?
Does prevention have benefits beyond the health sector such as keeping people in the workforce?
Measuring Quality of Life in Economic Evaluation: Which Way Forward? 25 July 2008
Philip Clarke, University of Sydney
Adriana Platona, Deptment of Health & Ageing
Julie Ratcliffe, University of South Australia
Jeff Richardson, Monash University
Paul Scuffham, Griffith University
Rosalie Viney, University of Technology Sydney
Theo Vos, University of Queensland
The assessment of quality of life is one of the key issues in the economic evaluation of new health care interventions and technologies. Over recent years, several alternative approaches have been proposed to measure health-related quality of life. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the relative merits of these methods, potential differences and the implications for conducting economic evaluations in practice. It will also provide an opportunity for researchers to present current research.