Introduction to Economic Evaluation for Policy Workshop by Professor Rob Anderson


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Presenter:  Professor Rob Anderson

Date: Nov 24, 2016

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm

Contact person:  Pawinee Yuhun
T: 08 8946 7465
E: pawinee.yuhun@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Northern Institute, Building Yellow 1, Level 2, Room 48 (Savanna Room)

Target audience:  ALL WELCOME

Across a range of sectors, governments call for ‘evidence-based policy’, ‘evidence-based programs’ and (in health) ‘evidence-based medicine’.  Usually, ‘evidence based’ refers to evidence of effectiveness; does an intervention or programme work?  However, policy makers and service managers simultaneously want assurances that new and existing treatments or ways of providing services are affordable and cost-effective. 

But what does cost-effectiveness actually mean?  And how do you assess it?

This workshop will:

  • Introduce several core methods of economic evaluation – cost-effectiveness analysis cost-utility analysis and cost-benefit analysis
  • Explain some of the key economic concepts which underpin economic evaluation methods – opportunity cost, incremental analysis, utility, discounting.
  • Describe the basic principles for assessing the resource use and cost of an intervention and its consequences
  • Provide an overview of the need for and methods of decision modelling as a basis for economic evaluation.
  • Introduce Quality-Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) and related outcomes which underpin cost-utility analysis in the health sector
  • Give participants the necessary knowledge and confidence to read, understand and critically appraise a published economic evaluation in their own field of policy.
  • Indicate some of the specific challenges of doing economic evaluations of different types of intervention

About the presenter

Rob Anderson is a health researcher and economic evaluator with over 20 years of experience evaluating health services and health programmes.  He is Associate Professor of Health Economics and Evaluation at the University of Exeter Medical School in Exeter, England.  Since 2005, he has worked mainly as a health economist and economic evaluator of drugs, medical devices and public health programmes – both to feed into national policy making (health technology assessments for the National Institute of Health Care Excellence) and to evaluate specific public health interventions (e.g. depression prevention interventions in schools, traffic calming for road injury prevention).  Prior to 2005, he worked as a researcher at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation, University of Technology, Sydney; there he conducted economic evaluations of genetic screening, shared care for hepatitis C, and the Australian National Cervical Screening Programme. He has a particular interest in using programme theory to better explain the cost-effectiveness, as well as the effectiveness, of complex health programmes.

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https://www.cdu.edu.au/northern-institute/events/economic-evaluation-workshops

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