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Sophy Ting-Fang Shih is a Research Fellow at Deakin Health Economics, Population Health Strategic Research Centre. Sophy is currently supported by the NHMRC Capacity Building Grant in Economic Evaluation. Her working topic focuses on cancer screening and cancer prevention.
Sophy Shih first gained knowledge of economic evaluation in her study of Doctor of Public Health at the University of Melbourne, and completed the study in 2004 with a thesis investigating the cost-effectiveness of a liver cancer screening program in Taiwan. Her research interests focus on economic evaluation of health service and interventions. Among a wide range of topics she has worked on, e.g. mental health, primary care, infectious diseases, cancer prevention is her main research interest. Sophy is recognized with her work in economic evaluation of cancer detection by screening.
A recently completed study was a cost-effectiveness analysis with modelling to assess Human Papillomavirus vaccination in conjunction with cervical screening on the prevention of cervical cancer.
Sophy also worked on a number of projects. She was involved in a cost analysis for flu vaccination commissioned by the National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS). She also led a modelling study on cost-effectiveness analysis of the SunSmart program for the Cancer Council Australia. Results from these projects have assisted informing policy-making.
Previous research experience also includes economic analyses of primary mental health care pathways involving three primary mental care initiatives and a micro-costing study of an early intervention to prevent psychosis (PACE program).
Best abstract at the “Growing Research Together” Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences’ Research Conference 2004.
• International Health Economics Association (IHEA)
• Australian Health Economics Society (AHES)
• The 29th Australian Conference of Health Economists, September 2007 Australian Health Economics Society.
Full paper presentation: Options for change of cervical cancer screening strategy: Cost-effectiveness results from a micro-simulation model.
• The 30th Australian Conference of Health Economists, October 2008 Australian Health Economics Society.
Full paper presentation: Economic Evaluation of the SunSmart Program: achievement in the past and prospect for the future.
• 7th World Congress on Health Economics, July 2009 Beijing China, International Health Economics Association.
Full paper presentation: Economic evaluation of a skin cancer prevention program in Australia: Past achievements and future prospects. Poster Presentation: Options for change of cervical cancer screening program in the context of HPV detection and vaccination.