Mrs Jaithri Ananthapavan



Senior Research Fellow (Health Economics)


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Soc. Dev.


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Master in Public Health, University of Melbourne, 2005



Jaithri Ananthapavan is a Senior Research Fellow in the Obesity stream of Deakin Health Economics. Her focus of research is the cost-effectiveness of obesity prevention interventions and methods development for the use of Cost-Benefit Analysis to capture the inter-sectoral impacts of preventive interventions.
Jaithri is currently co-coordinating the health economics component of the NHMRC Centre for Excellence in Obesity Policy and Food Systems, which is investigating the cost-effectiveness of 40 non-health sector obesity prevention interventions.
Jaithri completed her MPH at the University of Melbourne in 2005 and prior to that was a Rehabilitation Physiotherapist. Prior to joining DHE, Jaithri worked in Health Economics consulting where she gained extensive experience in economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals and medical procedures including expertise in the development of de novo economic models in several clinical areas.

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Research interests

Health Economics

Economic Evaluation of obesity prevention and treatment interventions

Methods development in Cost Benefit Analysis for preventive interventions

Teaching interests

Health Economics

Economic Evaluation

Resource Allocation and Priority Setting

Units taught

HSH762 - Resource Allocation and Priority Setting - Co-unit chair

Knowledge areas

Health Economics

Economic Evaluation

Economics of Obesity


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Squandering Australia's food security-the environmental and economic costs of our unhealthy diet and the policy path we're on

G Turner, K Larsen, S Candy, S Ogilvy, J Ananthapavan, M Moodie, S James, S Friel, C Ryan, M Lawrence

(2018), Vol. 195, pp. 1581-1599, Journal of cleaner production, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Harnessing advances in computer simulation to inform policy and planning to reduce alcohol-related harms

J-A Atkinson, D Knowles, J Wiggers, M Livingston, R Room, A Prodan, G McDonnell, E O'Donnell, S Jones, P Haber, D Muscatello, N Ezard, N Phung, L Freebairn, D Indig, L Rychetnik, J Ananthapavan, S Wutzke, Alcohol Modelling Consortium

(2018), pp. 537-546, International Journal of Public Health, Basel, Switzerland, C1-1


Paying people to lose weight: the effectiveness of financial incentives provided by health insurers for the prevention and management of overweight and obesity - a systematic review

J Ananthapavan, A Peeterson, G Sacks

(2018), Vol. 19, pp. 605-613, Obesity reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1


Exploring the use of economic evidence to inform investment in disease prevention - a qualitative study

H Liu, J Muhunthan, J Ananthapavan, P Hawe, A Shiell, S Jan

(2018), Vol. 42, pp. 200-206, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Chichester, Eng., C1


The potential cost-effectiveness and equity impacts of restricting television advertising of unhealthy food and beverages to Australian children

Vicki Brown, Jaithri Ananthapavan, Lennert Veerman, Gary Sacks, Anita Lal, Anna Peeters, Kathryn Backholer, Marjory Moodie

(2018), Vol. 10, pp. 1-14, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1


Cost-effectiveness of product reformulation in response to the health star rating food labelling system in Australia

Ana Mantilla Herrera, Michelle Crino, Holly Erskine, Gary Sacks, Jaithri Ananthapavan, Cliona Mhurchu, Yong Lee

(2018), Vol. 10, pp. 1-16, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1


Carbon pricing of food in Australia: an analysis of the health, environmental and public finance impacts

Marco Springmann, Gary Sacks, Jaithri Ananthapavan, Peter Scarborough

(2018), pp. 1-7, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Chichester, Eng., C1


Modelled cost-effectiveness of a package size cap and a kilojoule reduction intervention to reduce energy intake from sugar-sweetened beverages in Australia

M Crino, A Herrera, J Ananthapavan, J Wu, B Neal, Y Lee, M Zheng, A Lal, G Sacks

(2017), Vol. 9, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1


Economics of obesity - learning from the past to contribute to a better future

J Ananthapavan, G Sacks, M Moodie, R Carter

(2014), Vol. 11, pp. 4007-4025, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1


A UK based cost-utility analysis of indacaterol, a once-daily maintenance bronchodilator for patients with COPD, using real world evidence on resource use

D Price, Y Asukai, J Ananthapavan, B Malcolm, A Radwan, I Keyzor

(2013), Vol. 11, pp. 259-274, Applied health economics and health policy, Berlin, Germany, C1-1


Cost-effectiveness of rivaroxaban in the prevention of venous thromboembolism : a Canadian analysis using the Ontario Ministry of Health perspective

H McDonald, A Diamantopoulos, P Wells, M Lees, K Folkerts, F Forster, J Ananthapavan

(2012), Vol. 15, pp. 817-828, Journal of medical economics, London, England, C1-1


Assessing cost-effectiveness in obesity : laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding for severely obese adolescents

J Ananthapavan, M Moodie, M Haby, R Carter

(2010), Vol. 6, pp. 377-385, Surgery for obesity and related diseases, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1


Cost-effectiveness of rivaroxaban versus enoxaparin for the prevention of postsurgical venous thromboembolism in Canada

A Diamantopoulos, M Lees, P Wells, F Forster, J Ananthapavan, H McDonald

(2010), Vol. 104, pp. 760-770, Thrombosis and haemostasis, Stuttgart, Germany, C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

The development of a CBA framework integrating the intersectoral benefits of prevention interventions

Prof Rob Carter, Mrs Jaithri Ananthapavan

NHMRC Partnership Centre for Better Health

  • 2017: $79,667
  • 2016: $40,000

Other Public Sector Funding

Economic Appraisal of NSW Get Healthy Service

Prof Rob Carter, Prof Marj Moodie, Mrs Jaithri Ananthapavan, Ms Anne Magnus

  • 2014: $27,271

The health and economic value of prevention: Assessing the benefits of reducing the prevalence of high BMI, low fruit and vegetable intake and physical inactivity in the ACT

Prof Marj Moodie, Mrs Jaithri Ananthapavan, Ms Anne Magnus

  • 2016: $10,000
  • 2015: $50,800

The health and related economic benefits of providing better tasting water

Mrs Jaithri Ananthapavan, Mrs Phuong Nguyen, Prof Marj Moodie, Prof Steven Allender

  • 2018: $12,700

Industry and Other Funding

The economic and health benefits of reaching COAG risk factor benchmarks in Victoria

Ms Anne Magnus, Mrs Jaithri Ananthapavan, Prof Rob Carter

  • 2014: $59,500

The health and economic value of prevention: Assessing the benefits of reducing the prevalence of physical inactivity in Australia

Mrs Jaithri Ananthapavan, Prof Marj Moodie, Ms Anne Magnus

  • 2014: $16,159

Australian Prevention Partnership Centre - Integrating the health economics component of the simulation model for prevention of alcohol related harms

Prof Rob Carter, Mrs Jaithri Ananthapavan

  • 2016: $10,601

Measuring economic benefits of reducing physical inactivity

Prof Marj Moodie, Mrs Jaithri Ananthapavan

  • 2016: $10,791


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