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Health and economics

Shaping public policy to improve wellbeing for all Australians

We’re using health research and applied economics to influence government decision-making so we can improve cross-portfolio policy, and in turn, the health and wellbeing of Australians.

Our strength in economics and health research forms a unique research program that’s focused on improving the wellbeing of Australians by helping shape government decisions.

Our work explores five main research themes:

  • cell biology
  • development and disease
  • critical care and neurosciences
  • population health, genes and environment
  • genetic disorders and infection and immunity.

We partner with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), the preeminent child health research institute in Australia, to work in its highly successful genes and environment research area. Our work focuses on genetic testing and its potential for significant health and economic benefits.

Applied economics is increasingly influential in Australian government decision-making. With Australia facing health issues such as an ageing population and an upward trend in chronic illnesses, trials are increasingly being used to evaluate policy success.

Our multidisciplinary research could produce important breakthroughs and lead significant change in policy and practice. Especially at a time when governments are taking a cross-portfolio approach to policymaking. In a tight fiscal environment, we’ll help policymakers know whether a policy is likely to work, and at what cost.

Internal collaborators

External collaborators

  • Dr Emily Callander, James Cook University
  • Professor Kathryn North, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
  • Professor Robert Tanton, University of Canberra
  • Dr Lennert Veerman, University of Queensland


  • Populations
  • Society and environment


Project Node Leader

Professor Deborah Schofield
Professor Deborah Schofield
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