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Dr Anita Lal



Research Fellow Grade 2 - Health Economics (Cancer)


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Soc. Dev.


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 68690

Biography summary

Anita completed her PhD in 2018, exploring ways of operationalising equity for socioeconomic position into cost-effectiveness analysis of obesity prevention policies as part of the NHMRC funded Centre for Research Excellence in Obesity Policy and Food Systems (#1041020). Anita has over 5 years’ experience in conducting economic evaluations of a range of public health interventions including for the prevention of obesity, mental health illnesses, increasing physical activity and smoking cessation. She was awarded a Dean's Research Postdoctoral fellowship in 2019 and will be continuing her research of incorporating equity into the economic evaluation of cancer prevention strategies. 


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Psychological workplace interventions to prevent major depression: A model-based economic evaluation

L Le, Y Lee, L Engel, A Lal, C Mihalopoulos

(2021), Vol. 24, pp. 1-15, Mental Health & Prevention, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The cost-effectiveness of delivering an e-health intervention, MoodGYM, to prevent anxiety disorders among Australian adolescents: A model-based economic evaluation

Y Lee, L Le, A Lal, L Engel, C Mihalopoulos

(2021), Vol. 24, pp. 1-8, Mental Health and Prevention, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Reducing loneliness to prevent depression in older adults in Australia: A modelled cost-effectiveness analysis

L Engel, Y Lee, L Le, A Lal, C Mihalopoulos

(2021), Vol. 24, Mental Health and Prevention, C1

journal article

Increasing the price of alcohol as an obesity prevention measure: The potential cost-effectiveness of introducing a uniform volumetric tax and a minimum floor price on alcohol in Australia

E Robinson, P Nguyen, H Jiang, M Livingston, J Ananthapavan, A Lal, G Sacks

(2020), Vol. 12, pp. 1-15, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

The modelled population obesity-related health benefits of reducing consumption of discretionary foods in Australia

A Lal, A Peeters, V Brown, P Nguyen, H Tran, T Nguyen, U Tonmukayakul, G Sacks, H Calache, J Martin, M Moodie, J Ananthapavan

(2020), Vol. 12, pp. 1-14, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

The case for action on socioeconomic differences in overweight and obesity among Australian adults: modelling the disease burden and healthcare costs

E Gearon, K Backholer, A Lal, W Nusselder, A Peeters

(2020), Vol. 44, pp. 121-128, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Hoboken, N.J., C1

journal article

Priority-setting for obesity prevention-The Assessing Cost-Effectiveness of obesity prevention policies in Australia (ACE-Obesity Policy) study

J Ananthapavan, G Sacks, V Brown, M Moodie, P Nguyen, L Veerman, A Mantilla Herrera, A Lal, A Peeters, R Carter

(2020), Vol. 15, pp. 1-19, PLoS ONE, San Francisco, CA, C1

journal article

Equity weights for socioeconomic position: two methods-survey of stated preferences and epidemiological data

A Lal, M Mohebi, R Sweeney, M Moodie, A Peeters, R Carter

(2019), Vol. 22, pp. 247-253, Value in health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The impact of a park refurbishment in a low socioeconomic area on physical activity: a cost-effectiveness study

Anita Lal, Marj Moodie, Gavin Abbott, Alison Carver, Jo Salmon, Billie Giles-Corti, Anna Timperio, Jenny Veitch

(2019), Vol. 16, pp. 1-8, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Cost-effectiveness of community-based childhood obesity prevention interventions in Australia

Jaithri Ananthapavan, Phuong Nguyen, Steven Bowe, Gary Sacks, Ana Mantilla Herrera, Boyd Swinburn, Vicki Brown, Rohan Sweeney, Anita Lal, Claudia Strugnell, Marj Moodie

(2019), Vol. 43, pp. 1102-1112, International journal of obesity, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Weighting health outcomes by socioeconomic position using stated preferences

A Lal, M Siahpush, M Moodie, A Peeters, R Carter

(2018), Vol. 2, pp. 43-51, PharmacoEconomics - Open, Cham, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Inclusion of equity in economic analyses of public health policies: systematic review and future directions

A Lal, M Moodie, A Peeters, R Carter

(2018), Vol. 42, pp. 207-213, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

The potential cost-effectiveness and equity impacts of restricting television advertising of unhealthy food and beverages to Australian children

Vicki Brown, Jaithri Ananthapavan, Lennert Veerman, Gary Sacks, Anita Lal, Anna Peeters, Kathryn Backholer, Marjory Moodie

(2018), Vol. 10, pp. 1-14, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Economic evaluation of a randomized controlled trial of an intervention to reduce office workers' sitting time: the 'Stand Up Victoria' trial

Lan Gao, Anna Flego, David Dunstan, Elisabeth Winkler, Genevieve Healy, Elizabeth Eakin, Lisa Willenberg, Neville Owen, Anthony LaMontagne, Anita Lal, Glen Wiesner, Nyssa Hadgraft, Marj Moodie

(2018), Vol. 44, pp. 503-511, Scandinavian journal of work, environment and health, Helsinki, Finland, C1

journal article

Assessing Cost-Effectiveness of Obesity Prevention Policies in Australia 2018 (ACE-Obesity Policy)

Jaithri Ananthapavan, Gary Sacks, Vicki Brown, Marj Moodie, Phuong Nguyen, Jan Barendregt, Lennert Veerman, Ana Mantilla Herrera, Anita Lal, Anna Peeters, Rob Carter

(2018), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Modelled health benefits of a sugar-sweetened beverage tax across different socioeconomic groups in Australia: a cost-effectiveness and equity analysis

A Lal, A Mantilla-Herrera, L Veerman, K Backholer, G Sacks, M Moodie, M Siahpush, R Carter, A Peeters

(2017), Vol. 14, pp. 1-17, PLoS medicine, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal article

Modelled cost-effectiveness of a package size cap and a kilojoule reduction intervention to reduce energy intake from sugar-sweetened beverages in Australia

M Crino, A Herrera, J Ananthapavan, J Wu, B Neal, Y Lee, M Zheng, A Lal, G Sacks

(2017), Vol. 9, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

The cost-effectiveness of call-back counselling for smoking cessation

A Lal, C Mihalopoulos, A Wallace, T Vos

(2014), Vol. 23, pp. 437-442, Tobacco Control, C1

journal article

Costs of bronchoalveolar lavage-directed therapy in the first 5 years of life for children with cystic fibrosis

M Moodie, A Lal, S Vidmar, D Armstrong, C Byrnes, J Carlin, J Cheney, P Cooper, K Grimwood, C Robertson, H Tiddens, C Wainwright

(2014), Vol. 165, pp. 564-569.e5, The Journal of Pediatrics, United States, C1

journal article

Is implementation of the 2013 Australian treatment guidelines for posttraumatic stress disorder cost-effective compared to current practice? A cost-utility analysis using QALYs and DALYs

C Mihalopoulos, A Magnus, A Lal, L Dell, D Forbes, A Phelps

(2014), pp. 1-17, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, London, United Kingdom, C1

journal article

Health care and lost productivity costs of overweight and obesity in New Zealand

A Lal, M Moodie, T Ashton, M Siahpush, B Swinburn

(2012), Vol. 36, pp. 550-556, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, C1

journal article

Economic evaluation protocol for the Cool Little Kids trial

C Mihalopoulos, A Lal

(2010), Geelong, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper

The effect of smoke-free policies on revenue in bars in Tasmania, Australia

A Lal, M Siahpush

(2009), Vol. 18, pp. 405-408, Tobacco Control, C1

journal article

The effect of smoke-free policies on electronic gaming machine expenditure in Victoria, Australia

A Lal, M Siahpush

(2008), Vol. 62, pp. 11-15, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, C1-1

journal article

The economic impact of smoke-free policies on sales in restaurants and cafés in Victoria

A Lal, M Siahpush, M Scollo

(2003), Vol. 27, pp. 557-558, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, C1-1

journal article

Review of the quality of studies on the economic effects of smoke-free policies on the hospitality industry

M Scollo, A Lal, A Hyland, S Glantz

(2003), Vol. 12, pp. 13-20, Tobacco Control, C1-1

journal article

The effect of a smoke-free law on restaurant business in South Australia

M Wakefield, M Siahpush, M Scollo, A Lal, A Hyland, K McCaul, C Miller

(2002), Vol. 26, pp. 375-382, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, C1-1

journal article

Has the ban on smoking in New South Wales restaurants worked? A comparison of restaurants in Sydney and Melbourne

S Chapman, R Borland, A Lal

(2001), Vol. 174, pp. 512-515, Medical Journal of Australia, C1-1

journal article

Environmental tobacco smoke in Australia. A report to commonwealth department of health & aged care.

A Lal

(2001), Canberra, A.C.T., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

The equity impacts and cost-effectiveness of targeted programs to increase bowel and breast cancer screening in Victoria

Dr Anita Lal

  • 2021: $220,000

Industry and Other Funding

Synthesis of cost-effectiveness literature in cancer control

Ms Anne Magnus, Emeritus Professor Rob Carter, Dr Anita Lal, Prof Eric Vos

  • 2011: $31,500

Three Raid Systematic Reviews for the Minderoo Foundation in Tobacco Prevention

Emeritus Professor Rob Carter, Dr Sophy Shih, Dr Anita Lal, Ms Gail Younie

  • 2018: $79,375

Other Funding Sources

NHMRC Equipment Grant 2020

Dr Anita Lal

  • 2021: $7,325


No completed student supervisions to report