Health Economics

Health Economics Short Course 2017

Putting theory into practice: optimally informing related decisions of reimbursement, research and regulation in practice.

Course Details

Date: 22 – 24 November 2017

Tme: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Registration on Day 1: 8:45am)

Venue: IHMRI Building, Room G32.01, Wollongong Campus, Northfields Ave (NEW VENUE) 

Suitable For:
Health policy researchers, health policy makers, evaluators of health technology assessment, health economists, research active health care professionals.

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The three-day workshop fees include all seminar and tutorial teaching materials, plus lunch each day.
Academic / Public Sector: A$1195
Private / Commercial Sector: A$1995

Registration Closing Date: 10 November 2017

Wollongong to Sydney Airport Transfer on final day: A$50
Health Economics from Theory to Practice: A$100

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Course Content

The course teaches best practice for optimally addressing joint reimbursement, research and regulation (efficiency monitoring, funding pricing) decisions and policies associated with cost effectiveness analysis, health technology assessment and health system practice.


Using seminars and tutorial-based learning with methods provided in Excel spreadsheets, the course provides participants with the principles, practical skills, methods and software to:

  1. Robustly and appropriately evaluate cost effectiveness of alternative health care interventions or health promotion and prevention strategies and related policies consistent with budget constrained maximizing of societal net benefit.
  2. Undertake unbiased analysis of cost effectiveness evidence and avoid common inferential fallacies in health economic analysis in processes of evidence synthesis and evidence translation
  3. Undertake research design using value of information methods to maximise expected value relative to cost of research allowing for appropriate decision context, including time, opportunity costs and option value of delay, and imperfect implementation
  4. Best compare cost effectiveness of multiple strategies with use of expected net-loss curves and frontiers, which directly and simply inform societal decision making of optimal strategies for reimbursement at any threshold value with current evidence and the potential future value of future research
  5. Best compare cost effectiveness of multiple outcomes under uncertainty, critical for comparisons of areas such as palliative care, but also transparency, generalizability and robust decision interpretation of events and utility weights underlying quality adjusted life year analysis.
  6. Undertake efficiency measurement and funding across health-care providers consistent with maximizing health system net benefit. The NBCT method naturally extends multiple strategy methods in HTA (see 4 above) to enable budget constrained net benefit maximizing quality of care incentive in practice, while preventing cost-shifting and cream skimming incentives.


Last reviewed: 9 August, 2017