Priority setting

Priority setting

The Priority Setting group has developed and applied innovative methods for priority setting and has a history of competitive grants and government funded projects in areas covering cancer, heart disease, mental health, obesity prevention and non communicable disease.

Current projects:

  • The Assessing Cost Effectiveness in Prevention Project (ACE-Prevention) was a 5-year NHMRC funded collaborative research program between the University of Queensland and Deakin University which while completed in 2009, has an extensive knowledge program currently in progress, including the development of units to be included in a Master of Health Economics

Current projects:

  • The Assessing Cost Effectiveness in Prevention Project (ACE-Prevention) was a 5-year NHMRC funded collaborative research program between the University of Queensland and Deakin University which while completed in 2009, has an extensive knowledge program currently in progress.

The ACE-Prevention project assessed approximately 150 preventive health interventions across a range of non-communicable diseases and associated risk factors to help determine potential "best buys" for decision makers. The results will be brought together to provide a 'league table' in which all of the interventions are ranked in order of their economic merit. The economic merit of interventions is accompanied by a non-technical consideration of other important issues which impact on policy makers; including the strength of the evidence, equity, acceptability to stakeholders and feasibility of implementation. An important aspect of the research is that it is evaluating interventions for application to both Indigenous and non Indigenous populations. Previous ACE projects have been completed in the areas of cancer, mental health, childhood obesity and heart disease, since 2000. For more information on this topic area, please visit website http://www.sph.uq.edu.au/bodce-ace-prevention.

Key publications from the project include:

  • Cobiac LJ, Magnus A, Barendregt JJ, Carter R and Vos T (2012) "Improving the cost-effectiveness of cardiovascular disease prevention in Australia: a modelling study" BMC Public Health 1 June 2012, 12:398.
  • Mihalopoulos C, Vos T, Pirkis J, Smit F and Carter R (2010) "Assessing Cost-Effectiveness in Prevention (ACE-Prevention): Does the prevention of depression represent good value for money?" Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychology (In Press, 3 June, 2010 Manuscript No: ANP-2010-00129.R1).
  • Ong K, Kelaher M, Anderson M and Carter R (2009) "A cost-based equity weight for use in the economic appraisal of health services: Case study of the Australian Indigenous population, International Journal for Equity in Health, 7th October 2009, 8:34, http://www.equityhealthj.com/content/8/1/34]. 
  • Anderson J, Anderson J St Clair, Wilson P, Templeton D, Grulich A, Carter R and Kaldor J (2009) "Cost-effectiveness of adult circumcision for HIV prevention in men who have sex with men in a resource-rich setting" The Journal of Infectious Diseases Contribution, pp1803-1812, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Ill. 
  • Shih S, Carter R, Sinclair C, Mihalopoulos C and Vos T (2009) Economic evaluation of a skin cancer prevention program in Australia", International Journal of Preventative Medicine, pp449-453, Elsevier Inc, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 
  • Carter R, Vos T, Moodie M, Haby M, Magnus A and Mihalopoulos C. (2008) "Priority Setting in Health: Origins, Description and Application of the Australian Assessing Cost Effectiveness (ACE) Approach", Expert Rev. of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Res, 8 (6) 593-617.

Project contact: Anne Magnus, Senior Research Fellow, anne.magnus@deakin.edu.au

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