Health Economics


Health economics research was established at CTC over 15 years ago.

We aim to contribute to health and healthcare, in Australia and internationally, by incorporating measures of benefit, harm and cost into clinical studies, and to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of drugs, devices and healthcare programs. We contribute to the development of new methods of outcome assessment and resource measurement; as well as conducting research into preference elicitation and health equity.

We have an active teaching program in the University of Sydney's undergraduate medical program and postgraduate public health degrees, and supervise higher degree research students from economics and health backgrounds, undertaking an MPhil or PhD.

Health economics at the CTC is funded in part by an NHMRC program grant and in part by project grants and fellowships from the Australian government, non-government organisations and international organisations.

Contact Associate Professor Morton about new opportunities in health economics at CTC.

Current available PhD topic

Patient preferences and willingness to pay for genomic information

Background: It is not clear how people value genetic or genomic health information, and traditional economic evaluation may not capture the full benefit of this service. This PhD will examine patient and family preferences for receiving genomic information in three areas: diagnostics (eg. inherited conditions); treatment (eg. where genomic information may benefit only a small proportion of the population) and prevention (where genomic information may motivate healthy behaviours). Specialised methods to elicit preferences will include discrete choice experiments (DCEs). In collaboration with clinicians at CTC, this research topic will be applied to cancer and/or cardiovascular disease.

The suitable candidate will have a background in science, medicine, economics, or statistics, including postgraduate training. Demonstrated quantitative research skills and an ability to publish high-quality research are required.

To submit an expression of interest, click here