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PHAA Preventive Health Economics Workshop


Date: Tuesday 12 May 2020

Venue: Pan Pacific Perth

Start Time: 12:00pm (lunch served on arrival)

Finish Time: 5:00pm

Registration Cost: Workshop cost and registration will be available soon.

Audience: The workshop is aimed at a broad audience including public health policy makers and practitioners who may not have a background in economics as well as health economists working in preventive health research and treasury personnel.



  • To provide an overview of basic economic concepts and how it relates to preventive health

  • Explain the key components of an economic evaluation and how it differs to other forms of program/policy evaluation

  • Explore the methodological issues of estimating the value of prevention

  • Discuss how health economists can work better with policy makers to provide policy relevant economic evidence


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Jaithri Ananthapavan is a Senior Research Fellow in Deakin Health Economics (DHE) and leads the Economics of Obesity Stream within the Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE). Jaithri’s research interest is the economic evaluation of obesity prevention interventions and methods development to better assist decision makers in using economic evidence in priority setting decisions. She led a large economic evaluation work program for the NHMRC funded Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Obesity Policy and Food Systems. This priority setting study (ACE-Obesity Policy) evaluated the cost-effectiveness of multiple obesity prevention interventions across several sectors. She is also leading a body of work developing frameworks for the use of cost-benefit analysis methods for the evaluation of prevention interventions with impacts beyond the health care sector. Jaithri has held teaching positions in the Master of Health Economics course as co-chair of the Resource Allocation and Priority Setting unit.

Senior Research fellow, Deakin University

Ms Jaithri Ananthapavan

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Dr Le is a Research Fellow with Deakin Health Economics, IHT. He obtained his PhD from Deakin University in 2018, focusing on evaluating cost-effectiveness of preventive and treatment interventions for eating disorders (EDs). Dr Le has extensive academic and research experience in trial-based economic evaluations with a strong focus on modelling techniques to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of interventions for mental disorders. In 2018, he was CIB on a commissioned project for the National Mental Health Commission evaluating the cost-effectiveness of 10 interventions for mental health prevention and promotion. His other notable projects include the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of online self-help to prevent mental health disorders in young people (LINK trial); the cost-effectiveness of universal and indicated prevention for bullying at school (PAVe trial); the analysis of utility-based quality of life for mental health disorders and the cost of illness study for mental health disorders in adolescent and young people.

Research fellow, Deakin Health Economics, Deakin University

Dr Long Le

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Over the past 5 years she has been chief investigator on competitive research grants totalling over $5 million from the NHMRC & ARC and on research consultancies totalling over $5.2 million including reports to decision-makers at the Department of health. Her research addresses the societal cost of health issues and the cost-effectiveness of health interventions and technologies.

During the course of her research career Louisa has worked on projects covering a wide range of health issues such as behaviour change interventions during cancer survivorship, genetic testing, work loss following colorectal cancer and the economics of ultraviolet radiation on health. This research is conducted in collaboration with clinicians and health policymakers to facilitate translation of research outcomes and communication to relevant stakeholders.

Her current projects involve evaluating clinical genomics, modelling the healthcare costs of cancers, investigating the ‘financial toxicity’ of cancer care and assessing the cost-effectiveness of support interventions for cancer survivors across various projects

Team Head, Health Economics group, QIMR Berghofer

Associate Professor Louisa Gordon

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Paul Crosland currently works with Deakin University in Melbourne and The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre on the health benefits and economic value of preventing chronic disease in Australia. Combined with previous roles at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in London and Queensland Health, he has 7 years' experience in economic modelling of health care programmes, clinical guideline development, health technology assessment, systematic reviewing and the managed introduction of new medical devices to health care systems. Paul specialises in using economic evidence to maximise the health of populations by ensuring the care provided to them is effective and cost-effective.

Senior Research Fellow (Health Economics), Deakin University

Mr Paul Crosland

Support Sponsor

The Australia Prevention Partnership Centre