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
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
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