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

There is increasing pressure upon and appetite for investment in prevention by Australian governments. However, implementing potentially beneficial interventions are likely to require evidence of their value for money. There are several challenges faced by public health practitioners, policy-makers and researchers when it comes to communicating the economic benefits of prevention. In this workshop we will:

  • Introduce health economic concepts and how they can be used to aid decision-making,

  • Outline the current economic evidence base for prevention interventions,

  • Present the current methodological challenges related to developing the economic case for prevention, and

  • Explore the link between policy-makers and researchers in the field and look to how they can be improved.


By the conclusion of the workshop, with the input from workshop participants, we aim to develop a prioritised list of actions for researchers, practitioners and policy-makers to advance the use of economic evidence in decision-making relating to preventive health investment.

Workshop Registration Prices & Types

PHAA/AHPA Member Workshop Registration


PHAA/AHPA Member Prevention Conference Discount


Non-Member Workshop Registration


Non-Member Prevention Conference Discount


PHAA/AHPA Student /  Concession Workshop Registration


PHAA/AHPA Student /  Concession Prevention Conference Discount


Non-Member Student /  Concession Workshop Registration


Non-Member Student /  Concession Prevention Conference Discount


All prices are in AUD and GST inclusive.
Please note:​

  • If you are registering as a full time student, you may be asked to show evidence of your full-time student status. 

  • To be eligible for the member rate you must be a current member of the Public Health Association of Australia or the Australian Health Promotion Association. To become a member of PHAA please click here.


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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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A/Prof Louisa Gordon leads a health economics team at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and had adjunct appointments at Queensland University of Technology and University of Queensland. Louisa holds a PhD in Public Health, a Masters of Public Health and a Bachelor of Economics. She has 20 years’ experience performing decision-analytic modelling, applied economic research and economic evaluations. Louisa has worked on projects covering a wide range of health economic issues relating to medical care for cancer. Her projects have assessed the costs and cost-effectiveness of behaviour change interventions after cancer, cancer screening, genetic testing and diagnostics, employment impacts following colorectal cancer and the economics of ultraviolet radiation on health. Prior to 2016, she undertook health technology assessments commissioned by the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health for Medicare funding decisions.

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

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Lennert Veerman is professor of public health at Griffith University. His research focuses on the merits of policies to prevent non-communicable disease, often with the use of lifetable-based models to estimate the likely impact of population-targeted interventions to promote healthy behaviours on specific health outcomes.

Professor of Public Health, Griffith University School of Medicine

Professor Lennert Veerman

Support Sponsor

The Australia Prevention Partnership Centre

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