A/Prof. Jennifer Watts

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor in Health Economics

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Health & Soc. Dev.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

j.watts@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46478

Biography

Associate Professor Jennifer Watts is the Course Director of the Master of Health Economics and heads Deakin’s Health Economics teaching programs.  Over the past 20 years she has established a strong record in health economics, in both teaching and research. 


Her research is in the economics of chronic disease and includes: cost and quality of life assessment in osteoporosis and Parkinson’s disease; economic evaluation of disease management programs; economic evaluation alongside clinical trials for Parkinson’s disease and acute rehabilitation; and acute care funding policy (for example activity-based funding and vouchers).  Her commitment to research in health economics has emphasized policy-important questions that can be translated to the delivery of efficient healthcare programs for people with chronic disease.


Her research has had significant influence in several policy areas including the determination of DRG weights for Victorian funding policy, hospital efficiency, funding for prosthetic devices and has led to practice change in Medibank’s betterhealth chronic disease management program for insured members.  She has consulted to government departments on hospital costing, efficiency and productivity measurement, the impact of ageing on hospital costs and participated in the Senate inquiry into public hospital funding.  Her work on alternative funding arrangements for health care delivery, hospital efficiency and funding for acute care has been presented at both national and international conferences.

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Research interests

Economics of chronic disease

  • osteoporosis
  • Parkinson disease
  • acute rehabilitation
  • chronic disease management
  • information in chronic disease

Health funding policy

  • acute care
  • funding models for chronic disease

Affiliations

Australian Health Economics Society (Treasurer)

International Health Economics Association

Units taught

Course Director - Master of Health Economics

Units:

HSH717 Health Economics 1

HSH763 Fianncing Healthcare

HSH766 Economics and Health Policy Analysis

 

PHD SUPERVISION (completed)
Natasha Brusco, “Do additional allied health services for rehabilitation reduce patient length of stay without compromising patient outcomes?”, with Prof Nick Taylor (Primary Supervisor) and A/Prof Nora Shields, LaTrobe University.

Renata Morello, “Health services research – exploring the use of alternative methodologies for evaluating health services”, with Prof Just Stoelwinder (Primary Supervisor), and Dr Anna Barker, Monash University.
 

Professional activities

Advisory roles (committees, conference organization): Treasurer, Australian Health Economics Society (2005 onwards); Organizing Committee, 2013 World Congress on Health Economics; Organizing Committee, Annual Australian Conference of Health Economists, 2004-onwards, International Research Alliance between Monash Centre for Health Economics and Newcastle University Business School (Health Economics); Convener and organizer of international workshop on ‘Valuing Health’ 2008-2012; Health Economics Advisor to the National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance for “Evidence-based practice guidelines for the assessment of absolute cardiovascular disease risk”, 2009; Member, Ministerial Rural Health Advisory Group – Clinical Sub Committee Panel, Victorian Department of Human Services, Rural Health Unit 1999-2000.

Publications

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2017

A home program of strength training, movement strategy training and education did not prevent falls in people with Parkinson's disease: a randomised trial

M Morris, N Taylor, J Watts, A Evans, M Horne, P Kempster, M Danoudis, J McGinley, C Martin, H Menz

(2017), Vol. 63, pp. 94-100, Journal of physiotherapy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Cost of living with Parkinson's disease over 12 months in Australia: a prospective cohort study

S Bohingamu Mudiyanselage, J Watts, J Abimanyi-Ochom, L Lane, A Murphy, M Morris, R Iansek

(2017), Vol. 2017, pp. 1-13, Parkinson's disease, New York, N.Y., C1

journal

Prioritising Responses Of Nurses To deteriorating patient Observations (PRONTO) protocol: testing the effectiveness of a facilitation intervention in a pragmatic, cluster-randomised trial with an embedded process evaluation and cost analysis

T Bucknall, G Harvey, J Considine, I Mitchell, J Rycroft-Malone, I Graham, M Mohebbi, J Watts, A Hutchinson

(2017), Vol. 12, pp. 1-9, Implementation science, London, Eng., C1

journal
2016

A telephone support program to reduce costs and hospital admissions for patients at risk of readmissions: lessons from an evaluation of a complex health intervention

R Morello, A Barker, J Watts, M Bohensky, A Forbes, J Stoelwinder

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 187-195, Populution health management, New York, N. Y., C1

journal

Health-related quality of life in people with Parkinson's disease receiving comprehensive care

S-E Soh, M Morris, J Watts, J McGinley, R Iansek

(2016), Vol. 40, pp. 613-618, Australian health review, Clayton, Vic., C1

journal

Additional weekend therapy may reduce length of rehabilitation stay after stroke: a meta-analysis of individual patient data

C English, N Shields, N Brusco, N Taylor, J Watts, C Peiris, J Bernhardt, M Crotty, A Esterman, L Segal, S Hillier

(2016), Vol. 62, pp. 124-129, Journal of physiotherapy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Improving access for community health and sub-acute outpatient services: protocol for a stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trial

K Harding, J Watts, L Karimi, M O'Reilly, B Kent, M Kotis, S Leggat, J Kearney, N Taylor

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-8, BMC health services research, London, Eng., C1

journal

RESPOND: a programme to prevent secondary falls in older people presenting to the emergency department with a fall: protocol for an economic evaluation

J Watts, Morello, R Morris, K Hill, T Haines, G Arendts, J Redfern, C Etherton-Beer, J Lowthian, C Brand, D Liew, A Barker

(2016), Vol. 23, pp. 124-130, Injury prevention, London, Eng., C1

journal
2015

A Randomized Controlled Trial to Reduce Falls in People With Parkinson's Disease.

M Morris, H Menz, J McGinley, J Watts, F Huxham, A Murphy, M Danoudis, R Iansek

(2015), Vol. 29, pp. 777-785, Neurorehabilitation and neural repair, London, Eng., C1

journal

Changes in quality of life associated with fragility fractures: Australian arm of the International Cost and Utility Related to Osteoporotic Fractures Study (AusICUROS).

J Abimanyi-Ochom, J Watts, F Borgström, G Nicholson, C Shore-Lorenti, A Stuart, Y Zhang, S Iuliano, E Seeman, R Prince, L March, M Cross, T Winzenberg, L Laslett, G Duque, P Ebeling, K Sanders

(2015), Vol. 26, pp. 1781-1790, Osteoporosis International, England, C1

journal

Is cost effectiveness sustained after weekend inpatient rehabilitation? 12 month follow up from a randomized controlled trial

N Brusco, J Watts, N Shields, N Taylor

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 1-15, BMC health services research, London, Eng., C1

journal

Empirical evidence of recall bias for primary health care visits

N Brusco, J Watts

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 1-8, BMC health services research, London, Eng., C1

journal

The health profile of people living with Parkinson's Disease managed in a comprehensive care setting

M Morris, A Murphy, J Watts, D Jolley, D Campbell, S Soh, C Said, R Iansek

(2015), Vol. 3, pp. 1-7, Journal of aging science, Los Angeles, Calif., C1

journal

The extra resource burden of in-hospital falls: a cost of falls study

R Morello, A Barker, J Watts, T Haines, S Zavarsek, K Hill, C Brand, C Sherrington, R Wolfe, M Bohensky, J Stoelwinder

(2015), Vol. 203, pp. 367-375, Medical journal of Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal
2014

Economic evaluation of adult rehabilitation: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials in a variety of settings

N Brusco, N Taylor, J Watts, N Shields

(2014), Vol. 95, pp. 94-116, Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Are weekend inpatient rehabilitation services value for money? An economic evaluation alongside a randomized controlled trial with a 30 day follow up

N Brusco, J Watts, N Shields, N Taylor

(2014), Vol. 12, pp. 1-11, BMC Medicine, London, England, C1

journal

Does additional acute phase inpatient rehabilitation help people return to work? A subgroup analysis from a randomized controlled trial

N Brusco, J Watts, N Shields, S Chan, N Taylor

(2014), Vol. 28, pp. 754-761, Clinical rehabilitation, London, England, C1

journal
2013

Determinants of health-related quality of life in people with Parkinson's disease: a path analysis

S Soh, J McGinley, J Watts, R Iansek, A Murphy, H Menz, F Huxham, M Morris

(2013), Vol. 22, pp. 1543-1553, Quality of life research, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal

Additional Saturday rehabilitation improves functional independence and quality of life and reduces length of stay: a randomised controlled trial

C Peiris, N Shields, N Brusco, J Watts, N Taylor

(2013), Vol. 11, pp. 1-11, BMC Medicine, London, England, C1

journal

In-hospital falls and fall-related injuries: a protocol for a cost of fall study

R Morello, A Barker, T Haines, S Zavarsek, J Watts, K Hill, C Brand, C Sherrington, R Wolfe, M Bohensky, J Stoelwinder

(2013), Vol. 19, pp. 1-6, Injury prevention, London, England, C1-1

journal
2012

Protocol for a home-based integrated physical therapy program to reduce falls and improve mobility in people with Parkinson's disease

M Morris, C Martin, J McGinley, F Huxham, H Menz, N Taylor, M Danoudis, J Watts, S Soe, A Evans, M Horne, P Kempster

(2012), Vol. 12, pp. 1-7, BMC neurology, London, England, C1-1

journal

Health-related quality of life and strain in caregivers of Australians with Parkinson's disease : An observational study

D Kelly, J McGinley, F Huxham, H Menz, J Watts, R Iansek, A Murphy, M Danoudis, B Adair, M Morris

(2012), Vol. 12, pp. 1-7, BMC neurology, London, England, C1-1

journal

Rural living and health-related quality of life in Australians with Parkinson's disease

S Soh, J McGinley, J Watts, R Iansek, M Morris

(2012), Vol. 12, pp. 1-9, Rural and remote health, Deakin West, A.C.T., C1-1

journal

The 6-PACK programme to decrease falls and fall-related injuries in acute hospitals : protocol for an economic evaluation alongside a cluster randomised controlled trial

R Morello, A Barker, S Zavarsek, J Watts, T Haines, K Hill, C Sherrington, C Brand, D Jolley, J Stoelwinder

(2012), Vol. 18, pp. 1-6, Injury prevention, London, England, C1-1

journal

Improving the efficiency of telephone-based disease management programs : getting the population and the timing right using hospital admission data

J Watts, D Jolley, J Wainer, R Athchison

(2012), Vol. 15, pp. 331-337, Population health management, New Rochelle, N.Y., C1-1

journal

Health-related quality of life of Australians with Parkinson disease : a comparison with international studies

S Soh, J McGinley, J Watts, R Iansek, M Morris

(2012), Vol. 64, pp. 338-346, Physiotherapy Canada, Toronto, Canada, C1-1

journal

Feasibility, safety, and compliance in a randomized controlled trial of physical therapy for Parkinson's disease

J McGinley, C Martin, F Huxham, H Menz, M Danoudis, A Murphy, J Watts, R Iansek, M Morris

(2012), Vol. 2012, pp. 1-9, Parkinson's disease, New York, N.Y., C1-1

journal
2011

Falls and mobility in Parkinson's disease : protocol for a randomised controlled clinical trial

M Morris, H Menz, J McGinley, F Huxham, A Murphy, R Iansek, M Danoudis, S Soh, D Kelly, J Watts

(2011), Vol. 2011, pp. 1-8, BMC neurology, London, England, C1-1

journal

Breaking up is hard to do : the economic impact of provisional funding contingent upon evidence development

D Mortimer, J Li, J Watts, A Harris

(2011), Vol. 2011, pp. 509-527, Health economics, policy and law, Cambridge, England, C1-1

journal
2010

A study protocol of a randomised controlled trial incorporating a health economic analysis to investigate if additional allied health services for rehabilitation reduce length of stay without compromising patient outcomes

N Taylor, N Brusco, J Watts, N Shields, C Peiris, N Sullivan, G Kennedy, K Cheng, A Farley, K Lockwood, C Radia-George

(2010), Vol. 10, pp. 1-7, BMC health services research, London, England, C1-1

journal

Loss and grief in the workplace. What can we learn from the literature?

M O'Connor, J Watts, M Bloomer, K Larkins

(2010), Vol. 3, pp. 131-142, International journal of workplace health management, Bingley, England, C1-1

journal
2009

Market failure, policy failure and other distortions in chronic disease markets

J Watts, L Segal

(2009), Vol. 9, pp. 1-6, BMC health services research, London, England, C1-1

journal

Quantifying the profile and progression of impairments, activity, participation, and quality of life in people with Parkinson disease : protocol for a prospective cohort study

M Morris, J Watts, R Iansek, D Jolley, D Campbell, A Murphy, C Martin

(2009), Vol. 9, pp. 1-6, BMC geriatrics, London, England, C1-1

journal
2008

Cost effectiveness of preventing falls and improving mobility in people with Parkinson disease : protocol for an economic evaluation alongside a clinical trial

J Watts, J McGinley, F Huxham, H Menz, R Iansek, A Murphy, E Waller, M Morris

(2008), Vol. 8, pp. 1-8, BMC geriatrics, London, England, C1-1

journal

Vouchers for chronic disease care

J Watts, L Segal

(2008), Vol. 32, pp. 451-458, Australian health review, Collingwood, Vic., C1-1

journal
2006

Half the burden of fragility fractures in the community occur in women without osteoporosis. When is fracture prevention cost-effective?

K Sanders, G Nicholson, J Watts, J Pasco, M Henry, M Kotowicz, E Seeman

(2006), Vol. 38, pp. 694-700, Bone, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Do additional allied health service for rehabilitation reduce length of stay without compromising patient outcomes?

Prof Nick Taylor, Mrs Natasha Brusco, A/Prof Jennifer Watts

NHMRC - Partnership Project

  • 2013: $16,266

Improving access for community health and sub-acute outpatient services

Prof Nick Taylor, Dr Katherine Harding, Dr Sandra Leggat, A/Prof Jennifer Watts, Prof Brigid Kent, Dr Leila Karimi

NHMRC - Partnership Project

  • 2017: $3,750
  • 2016: $5,000
  • 2015: $5,000

Prioritising Responses of Nurses To deteriorating patient Observations (PRONTO)

Prof Tracey Bucknall, Prof Alison Hutchinson, Prof Gillian Harvey, Prof Julie Considine, Prof Imogen Mitchell, Prof Jo Rycroft-Malone, Prof Ian Graham, Dr Mohammadreza Mohebbi, A/Prof Jennifer Watts

NHMRC - Partnership Project

  • 2017: $221,444
  • 2016: $148,287

Integrated solutions for healthy birth, growth, and development: A cluster-randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a mixed nutrition intervention package in reducing child

Prof Andre Renzaho, Prof Michael Toole, Dr Kingsley Agho, Dr Sengchanh Kounnavong, A/Prof Jennifer Watts, Dr Md Billah, Dr Ben Coghlan

NHMRC Project Grant

  • 2017: $12,050
  • 2016: $22,328

FitSkills: a community-university partnership to increase participation in exercise among youth with disability

Dr Nora Shields, Prof Nick Taylor, Prof Christine Imms, A/Prof Jennifer Watts, A/Prof Luke Prendergast

NHMRC - Partnership Project

  • 2017: $22,407

Other Public Sector Funding

Osteoporosis Hospital Micro-Costing Study

A/Prof Jennifer Watts, Dr Julie Abimanyi-Ochom, Mrs Kerrie Sanders

  • 2014: $32,400

Embedding Simulation in Clinical training

Prof Rob Carter, A/Prof Jennifer Watts, Dr Julie Abimanyi-Ochom

  • 2014: $11,150

Cost effectiveness of Hospital in the Home (HITH) as a substitute for inpatient care for the management of DVT/PE

A/Prof Jennifer Watts, Prof Rob Carter

  • 2014: $17,500

Prioritising Responses of Nurses To deteriorating patient Observations (PRONTO)

Prof Tracey Bucknall, Prof Alison Hutchinson, Prof Gillian Harvey, Prof Julie Considine, Prof Imogen Mitchell, Prof Jo Rycroft-Malone, Prof Ian Graham, Dr Mohammadreza Mohebbi, A/Prof Jennifer Watts

  • 2017: $45,000
  • 2016: $68,400

Economic Analysis of Barwon Health Personalised Health Care Pilot Study

A/Prof Jennifer Watts

  • 2015: $51,000

National Evaluation of the Dementia Care in Hospitals Program

A/Prof Jennifer Watts, Prof Rob Carter, A/Prof Mark Yates

  • 2017: $41,054
  • 2016: $67,858
  • 2015: $82,108

Literature Review-Safer Diagnosis

Dr Julie Abimanyi-Ochom, A/Prof Jennifer Watts, Miss Shalika Bohingamu Mudiyanselage, Mr Max Catchpool

  • 2017: $44,529

Industry and Other Funding

Osteoporosis Burden of Disease in Australia

A/Prof Jennifer Watts, Dr Julie Abimanyi-Ochom

  • 2013: $39,906

Evaluation of Map of Medicine at South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network

Dr Kevin Mc Namara, A/Prof Jennifer Watts

  • 2016: $40,140

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report