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Catherine has a particular interest in the economics of obesity. She is involved in the economic evaluation of both treatment (in particular obesity surgery) and prevention interventions, for example the four-country Obesity Prevention in Communities Project. She is also undertaking a series of studies to quantify the economic impacts of obesity. She is analysing healthcare utilisation and costs for the obese relative to the general population and the impact of intentional weight loss. She is also involved in two studies which will estimate the utility-based quality of life impacts of overweight and obesity for adolescents and adults respectively.
During 2010, Catherine is also undertaking cost-effectiveness evaluations relating to the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and a smoking cessation trial.
Prior to joining Deakin Health Economics Catherine worked for many years managing and evaluating international aid projects in the health sector. She has also worked for Access Economics.
Catherine tutors within the University of Melbourne Health Economics Program.
Catherines research program for 2010 includes:
1) Healthcare costs of severe obesity and the impact of intentional weight loss, and 2) Utility-based quality of life of overweight and obese adolescents, funded by Allergan Health Grant.
Obesity Prevention in Communities (Quality of life impacts of obesity), funded by NHMRC & Wellcome Trust.
Cost-effectiveness of surgically induced weight loss for obstructive sleep apnoea, funded by NHMRC (with Monash University).
Cost-effectiveness of an interactive automated programs for smoking cessation, funded by NHMRC (with Victorian Cancer Council).
Cost-effectiveness of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, funded by the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
International Obesity Society
International Health Economics Association
Recent conference highlights include:
Keating C, Dixon J, Moodie M, Peeters, Bulfone L, Maglianno, O'Brien P . Cost-effectiveness of surgically induced weight loss for the management of type 2 diabetes: Modelled lifetime analysis. European Health Economics Conference, 7-10 July 2010, Helsinki.
Keating C, Moodie M, Swinburn B. Utility-based quality of life of overweight and obese adolescents a study measuring body mass index and utility in a community sample. International Congress on Obesity, July 11-15 2010, Stockholm.
Keating C, Moodie M, Richardson J, Swinburn B Quality of life of overweight and obese adolescents a study measuring body mass index and health-related QoL. International Congress on Obesity, July 11-15 2010, Stockholm.