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Associate Professor Lisa Gold leads research in the economics of maternal and child health at Deakin Health Economics, Deakin University. Lisa is a health economist with particular expertise in the economic evaluation of health and social interventions that aim to improve population health and reduce health inequalities. Over the last fifteen years, Lisa has designed and successfully conducted a large number of economic evaluations in public health related issues as well as systematic reviews of evidence and methodological development in economic evaluation in the UK and Australia. Lisa is currently providing the economic input to evaluations of a range of public health interventions in maternal and child health, including trials of enhanced midwifery care and peer support for pregnancy and breastfeeding outcomes, family oral health promotion, early language development support, and support for sleep problems and for low working memory in primary school-aged children. The economic research in these studies involves assessing both the investment required by the intervention (in terms of time and resources devoted by participants, health/education providers and communities) and the values held by children, parents, providers and the general public for the outcomes of the intervention.
Research interests in health services research concern the economic evaluation of interventions to promote population health. Lisa leads the maternal and child health stream of Deakin Health Economics and further details of current research and research outputs can be found on the MCH stream’s website. Examples of current research include economic evaluations of interventions that involve:
• Caseload midwifery to improve health of women during and after pregnancy and birth
• Supporting language development in young children at risk of early language delay
• Promoting healthy lifestyles in children at risk of developing obesity
• School-based strategies for health promotion and child obesity prevention
Research interests in health economics concern the use of stated preference methods. In particular, the use of contingent valuation and discrete choice experiments to estimate and investigate individual and community values for the outcomes of population health interventions.
• 2003: NHMRC Postgraduate Research Scholarship
• 2003: VicHealth Public Health PhD Research Grant
• 1994: Economic and Social Research Council (UK) Postgraduate Research Scholarship
• 1993: Senior Scholar, Trinity College, Cambridge (UK)
• Australian Health Economics Society (Secretary)
• International Health Economics Association (Member, Standing Scientific Committee)
• Health Economists’ Study Group (UK)
• Public Health Association of Australia
• Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand
In addition to her leadership role within Deakin Health Economics, Lisa is the Secretary of the Australian Health Economics Society and a member of the Standing Scientific Committee of the International Health Economics Association. She is a regular reviewer for award bodies in the UK and Australia and a provides peer review for Australian and International journals.
Recent conference contributions include:
• Gold L, Johnson B. Is a school-based cooking garden worthwhile for the stakeholders? 20th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, Geneva, July 2010, WS-MON-023.
• Gold L. How does economics need to change to address climate change: a view from public health economics? iDEA (Doctors for the Environment Australia national student conference), Melbourne, December 2009 (invited speaker).
• Colgan S, Gold L, Wirth K, Wake M, Ching T, Poulakis Z, Rickards F, Reilly S. Systematic review of the economic evidence for universal neonatal hearing screening: findings and implications for decision analytic models. 30th Australian Conference of Health Economists, Hobart, October 2009.
• Gold L, Gibbs L, Block K, Townsend M, Staiger P, Macfarlane S. Valuing the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program: attributes and values of key stakeholder groups. Deakin University Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences Research Conference: Growing Research Together, Melbourne, December 2008 (Best Presentation award).
• Gold L, Pirotta M. Willingness to pay to prevent side-effects of antibiotics: women’s values and treatment preferences. 29th Australian Conference of Health Economists, Adelaide, October 2008.