Deakin Health Economics

Other diseases and risk factors

Deakin Health Economics undertakes economic evaluation in a wide range of disease and risk factor areas. This work covers commissioned and grant-funded studies that range from cost of illness studies through to complex economic appraisals. Many of these grants are administered by other academic or research/clinical institutions and DHE has been requested to undertake the economic evaluation component.

Current projects:

  • AVERT (A Very Early Rehabilitation Trial for Stroke) is a large randomised controlled trial of rehabilitation within the first 24 hours post stroke funded through a NHMRC Project Grant. It is the most recent project in a long established partnership between Deakin Health Economics and the National Stroke Research Institute. In addition to multiple Australian sites, the AVERT project is recruiting patients in New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, Malaysia and Singapore. For further information on this project refer: http://www.nsri.org.au/avert.htm.

    Recent publications from this project, and/or from our research collaborations in stroke include:
  • Cadilhac D, Dewey HM, Vos T, Carter R, Thrift A. (2010) “The health loss from ischemic stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage: Evidence from the North East Melbourne Stroke Incidence Study (NEMESIS). Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 2010, 8:49, 14 May. http://www.hqlo.com/content/8/1/49
  • Cadilhac D, Moodie M, Lalor E. DALYs and public health programs for stroke: Australian perspectives. Chapter in Preedy VR, Watson RR (eds)., Handbook of disease burden and quality of life measures. 2009, 4500 p. eReference. ISBN: 978-0-387-78665-0
  • Tay-Teo K, Moodie M, Bernhardt J, Thrift AG, Collier J, Donnan G, Dewey H.  Economic evaluation alongside a Phase II, multi-centre, randomised controlled trial of very early rehabilitation after stroke (AVERT). Cerebrovasc Dis 2008; 26:475-481.
  • Lancet Protocol Review: Protocol 06PRT/5424: A Very Early Rehabilitation Trial (AVERT): phase III (Australian Clinical Trials Registry: 1260600185561) Published on-line July 2007 http://www.thelancet.com/protocol-reviews/06PRT-5424
  • Cadilhac, D., Carter, R., Thrift and Dewy, H.M. (2007) “Why invest in a national public health program for stroke? An example using Australian data to estimate the potential benefits and cost implications”, Health Policy 83,287-294.
  • Moodie ML, Cadilhac D, Pearce D, Mihalopoulos C, Carter R, Davis SM, Donnan G, SCOPES Study Group 2003. Economic evaluation of stroke services in Australia: A prospective, multicentre, single blinded study comparing dedicated stroke units with other care modalities. Stroke 2006; 37 (11):2790-2795.
  • Bernhardt J, Dewey H, Collier J, Thrift A, Lindley R, Moodie M, Donnan G. About AVERT (A Very Early Rehabilitation Trial). International Journal of Stroke, 2006;1:169-171.
  • Cadilhac DA, Moodie M, Lalor E, Bilney LE, Donnan GA. Improving access to evidence based acute stroke services: development and evaluation of a health systems model to address equity of access issue. Australian Health Review, 2006 Feb;30(1):109-118.
  • Mihalopoulos C, Cadilhac DA, Moodie ML, Dewey HM, Thrift AG, Donnan GA, Carter R. Development and application of MORUCOS: An Economic Model of Stroke Care for Australia. Int J Technol Assess Health Care 2005 Fall; 21(4):499-505.
  • Moodie ML, Carter R, Mihalopoulos C, Thrift AG, Chambers BR, Donnan GA, Dewey HM. Trial application of a Model of Resource Utilisation, Costs and Outcomes for Stroke (MORUCOS) to assist priority setting in stroke. Stroke, May 2004;35(5):1041-1046.

Project contact: Marj Moodie, Principal Research Fellow, marj.moodie@deakin.edu.au

 

  • Quitcoach is a randomised trial of interactive, computer generated smoking cessation advice, funded through a NHMRC project grant held by Cancer Council Victoria. A cost-effectiveness analysis is being undertaken alongside the trial. For further information on this project refer: http://www.vctc.org.au/browse.asp?ContainerID=kb_quitcoach. Analysis is currently underway.

Project contact: Catherine Keating, Senior Research Fellow, catherine.keating@deakin.edu.au

 

  • Australasian Cystic Fibrosis BAL Study is a multicentre, randomised, controlled trial of the use of flexible bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage to direct therapy in young children with cystic fibrosis. The NHMRC project grant is held by the University of Queensland. Publications are currently in preparation.

Project contact: Marj Moodie, Principal Research Fellow, marj.moodie@deakin.edu.au

 

  • The Equipping Inclusion study is a study of the cost-effectiveness of optimal provision of aids and equipment for persons with a disability conducted for the Victorian Aids and Equipment Alliance and funded by the William Buckland Foundation.

Recent publications from this project include:

  • Layton, N; Colgan, S; Wilson, E;  Moodie, M & Carter, R. (2010). The Equipping Inclusion Studies: Assistive Technology Use and Outcomes in Victoria.  Burwood: School of Health and Social Development and Deakin Health Economics, Deakin University.

Project contact: Marj Moodie, Principal Research Fellow, marj.moodie@deakin.edu.au

 

  • The ARC Linkage project “Inter-agency collaborations supporting resilient students, families, schools in disadvantaged communities” is a collaboration of our group with Professor Jill Blackmore in the School of Education at Deakin. Details are provided at this site: http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/research/projects/resilience.php.

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


 

  • The NHMRC Partnership Project Grant “Preventing Diabetes in pregnancy from progressing to Type 2 Diabetes: Macro level system change in South Australia and Victoria“ is a five year project which involves the economic evaluation of the behavioural intervention and health system changes, being trialed in two Australian states. The Partnership Project Grant is led by Professor James Dunbar and is being implemented this year.

Project contact: Professor Rob Carter, rob.carter@deakin.edu.au

 

  • Projects in sexual health: DHE is involved in several studies in the area of chlamydia screening, undertaken in collaboration with the University of Melbourne.

Recent publications in this area include:

  • Walker J, Fairley CK, Gurrin LC, Gunn JM, Pirotta MV, Carter R and Hocking JS (2010) “Computer reminders for chlamydia screening in general practice: A randomised controlled trial”. (In Press, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 16th December, 2009, Manuscript ID: STD 09-242R1).
  • Pirotta M, Stein A, Fairley C, Morrow A, Conway L, Chua J, McCloskey J, McNulty A, Waddell R, Carter R, Garland S (2008) “Patterns of treatment of external genital warts in Australian Sexual Health Clinics” Sexually Transmitted Diseases, June 2009, Vol. 36, No 6, 375-379.

Project contact: Professor Rob Carter, rob.carter@deakin.edu.au

  • Stores Healthy Options Project in Remote Indigenous Communities (SHOP@RIC) is a four year NHMRC Grant project awarded to Menzies School of Health Research which will assess the impact of fiscal interventions in 20 remote indigenous communities. The impact will be assessed by Deakin Health Economics as a trial-based cost-effectiveness evaluation and a modelled evaluation as appropriate for the Australian Indigenous population living in remote communities.

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

 

Past projects:

  •  Big Brother Big Sister: An economic evaluation was undertaken of this mentoring program for youth at-risk on behalf of Big Brother Big Sister Melbourne, funded by a grant from the William Buckland Foundation. 

Publications from the project include:

  •  Moodie M, Fisher J. Are youth mentoring programs good value-for-money? An evaluation of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Melbourne Program. BMC Public Health. 2009 January 30; 9(1):41
  •  Moodie ML, 2005. Big Brothers Big Sisters Melbourne. Building an evidence base to practice. Big Brothers Big Sisters (Melbourne) Incorporated. ISBN :0-9757458-0-8

 Project contact: Marj Moodie, Principal Research Fellow, marj.moodie@deakin.edu.au


  • The Communities That Care project is a collaboration of our group with Professor John Toumbourou in the School of Psychology which aims to assess over the next three years, the costs and benefits of community programs designed to prevent adolescents and youth adopting risky behaviours and lifestyles.

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

 

  • Literature review of cost effective cancer control strategies for Cancer Council Victoria completed 2012.

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

 

  • Literature review of drug interventions for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease for inclusion in Vascular Disease Prevention Guidelines for Australia released 2011.

 

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

 

  • The cost-effectiveness of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. This study used data from a multi-site prospective database (Biogrid Australia) to calculate contemporary age-specific treatment costs and survival rates associated to colorectal cancer. These data along with observed screening participation rates, screening costs and adenoma monitoring protocols and costs were utilised within the analysis. The research publication is currently under review.

Project contact: Catherine Keating, Senior Research Fellow, catherine.keating@deakin.edu.au


Stream Coordinators: Anne Magnus, Senior Research Fellow, anne.magnus@deakin.edu.au and Marj Moodie, Principal Research Fellow, marj.moodie@deakin.edu.au

 

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24th July 2012