Staff profile - Rob Carter

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Prof Rob Carter

Position: Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair in Health and Human Services Economics
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Health & Social Development
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446001 +61 3 92446001



  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University, 1972
  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University, 1973
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2002


International Health Economics Association (IHEA)

Australian Health Economics Society (AHES)

The Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand


Teaching Interests

Professor Carter coordinates health economics teaching at Deakin University, including the supervision of higher degree students. His teaching responsibilities include:

Team Coordinator for the teaching stream in disability, human services and health economics

Coordinator for the Masters of Health and Human Services Management (HSH746)

Unit Coordinator for HSH 717: Health Economics I (Trimester 1)

Unit Coordinator for HSH 719: Economic Evaluation 1 (Trimester 2)

Guest lecturer for segments in HSH 114: Introduction to Human Services and HSH 214: Service Design and Delivery

Supervisor (Primary /Associate) for seven PhD students and one Masters student.

Conferences and seminars

Recent conference highlights include: Carter R (2010) The Ace-Prevention study: An innovative approach to priority setting in Australia, ATINER Annual International Conference on Health, Management and Policy, 26 June-2 July, Athens, Greece. Carter R (2010 Walking the talk together: Why partner with health economists? Invited Keynote Address, Australian Health Promotion Association 19th National Conference, 30 May-2 June, Melbourne, Victoria. Carter R (2010) Assessing the cost-effectiveness of preventive interventions, Invited Keynote Address, Rural Health Conference, 21-23 April, Ballarat, Victoria. Carter R (2009) Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Trends in Australia, Invited Keynote Address, Second Pricing and Reimbursement Future Trends Workshop, Singapore, 20 June 2009. Carter R (2009) Priority Setting in Australia: The ACE-Prevention Study, Session Chair and Introduction, iHEA 7th World Congress on Health Economics, Harmonising Health and Economics, July 12-15, Beijing, China.


Awards and prizes

2005: Open Award for Excellence in Research Achievement, School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne

2002: NHMRC Population Health Career Development Award Fellowship

1985: Commonwealth Public Service Executive Development Scheme.


Research projects

In addition to his management roles with Deakin Health Economics and the Deakin Population Health strategic research centre, Professor Carter also contributes to the University through active participation in its various governance structures, including:

i) School of Health and Social Development (HSD) Senior Executive Group

ii) HSD School Board

iii) HSD Research and Training Committee

iv) HSD Teaching and Learning Committee

v) Faculty Research Committee

vi) Faculty Board

vii) Universitys Academic Board.

Professor Carter has also assisted with the Universitys internal grants program (CRGS) and its Internal Promotions Committee.

Professor Carter also serves on a number of external committees, including:

The Program Evaluation and Development Committee for the Life! Taking Action on Diabetes program in Victoria

The Victorian Policy Advisory Committee on Clinical Practice and Technology (Ministerial Appointment)

The Orygen Youth Research Centre Advisory Committee

The National Centre for Farmer Health Research Committee.

Other services to the research community include regular participation in the fellowships, scholarships and various grant review committees of the National Health and Medical Research Council, refereeing submitted articles for various journals and PhD examination.

Research interests

Professor Carters research interests focus on economic appraisal of health care services and priority setting, particularly in the area of health promotion, health technology assessment and pharmacoeconomics. Much of his evaluation work over the years has encouraged clinicians to work with policy-makers and academics to tackle important public health issues. During the last seven years in particular, he has developed and implemented an innovative approach to priority setting that is bridging the gap between academic rigour and applied policy-making in major areas of public health, with a strong focus on knowledge transfer. His evaluation work on the initial Assessing Cost Effectiveness (ACE) study in cancer, for example, impacted on Australias national cancer strategy and contributed to the funding of subsequent ACE studies in heart disease, mental health, obesity prevention and the prevention of non-communicable disease.

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