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Dr Anita Lal



Dean's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship


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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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

A Lal, M Siahpush, M Scollo

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


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


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


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


Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Synthesis of cost-effectiveness literature in cancer control

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

  • 2011: $31,500

Three Raid Systematic Reviews for the Minderoo Foundation in Tobacco Prevention

Prof Rob Carter, Dr Sophy Shih, Dr Anita Lal, Ms Gail Younie

  • 2018: $79,375


No completed student supervisions to report