Prof Jennifer Watts

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Head of School

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Health & Soc. Dev.

Campus

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Contact

j.watts@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46478

Biography

Professor Jennifer Watts is the Head of School of Health and Social Development.  She is a health economist and over the past 20 years she has established a strong record in health economics, in both teaching and research. 


Her research is in the economics of chronic disease and includes: cost and quality of life assessment in osteoporosis and Parkinson’s disease; economic evaluation of disease management programs; economic evaluation alongside clinical trials for Parkinson’s disease and acute rehabilitation; and acute care funding policy (for example activity-based funding and vouchers).  Her commitment to research in health economics has emphasized policy-important questions that can be translated to the delivery of efficient healthcare programs for people with chronic disease.


Her research has had significant influence in several policy areas including the determination of DRG weights for Victorian funding policy, hospital efficiency, funding for prosthetic devices and has led to practice change in Medibank’s betterhealth chronic disease management program for insured members.  She has consulted to government departments on hospital costing, efficiency and productivity measurement, the impact of ageing on hospital costs and participated in the Senate inquiry into public hospital funding.  Her work on alternative funding arrangements for health care delivery, hospital efficiency and funding for acute care has been presented at both national and international conferences.

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Research interests

Economics of chronic disease

  • osteoporosis
  • Parkinson disease
  • acute rehabilitation
  • chronic disease management
  • information in chronic disease

Health funding policy

  • acute care
  • funding models for chronic disease

Affiliations

Australian Health Economics Society (past Treasurer)

International Health Economics Association

Units taught

HSH717 Health Economics 1

HSH763 Fianncing Healthcare

HSH766 Economics and Health Policy Analysis

 

PHD SUPERVISION (completed)
Natasha Brusco, “Do additional allied health services for rehabilitation reduce patient length of stay without compromising patient outcomes?”, with Prof Nick Taylor (Primary Supervisor) and A/Prof Nora Shields, LaTrobe University.

Renata Morello, “Health services research – exploring the use of alternative methodologies for evaluating health services”, with Prof Just Stoelwinder (Primary Supervisor), and Dr Anna Barker, Monash University.
 

Professional activities

Advisory roles (committees, conference organization): Treasurer Australian Health Economics Society (2005 - 2015); Organizing Committee, 2013 World Congress on Health Economics; Organizing Committee, Annual Australian Conference of Health Economists, 2004-2015, International Research Alliance between Monash Centre for Health Economics and Newcastle University Business School (Health Economics); Convener and organizer of international workshop on ‘Valuing Health’ 2008-2012; Health Economics Advisor to the National Vascular Disease Prevention Alliance for “Evidence-based practice guidelines for the assessment of absolute cardiovascular disease risk”, 2009

Publications

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2021

Feasibility of scaling-up a community-based exercise program for young people with disability

N Shields, C Willis, C Imms, G McKenzie, B van Dorsselaer, A Bruder, R Kennedy, Y Bhowon, A Southby, L Prendergast, J Watts, N Taylor

(2021), pp. 1-13, Disability and Rehabilitation, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Added socioeconomic burden of non-communicable disease on HIV/AIDS affected households in the Asia Pacific region: A systematic review

S Wanni Arachchige Dona, S Bohingamu Mudiyanselage, J Watts, R Sweeney, B Coghlan, I Majmudar, J Abimanyi-Ochom

(2021), Vol. 9, pp. 1-12, The Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Motivational interviewing with community-dwelling older adults after hip fracture (MIHip): Protocol for a randomised controlled trial

N Taylor, P O'Halloran, J Watts, R Morris, C Peiris, J Porter, L Prendergast, K Harding, D Snowdon, C Ekegren, R Hau, S Mudiyanselage, M Rimayanti, K Noeske, M Snowdon, D Kim, N Shields

(2021), Vol. 11, BMJ Open, C1

journal article

Sex differences in recovery of quality of life 12 months post-fracture in community-dwelling older adults: analyses of the Australian arm of the International Costs and Utilities Related to Osteoporotic Fractures Study (AusICUROS)

J Talevski, K Sanders, J Watts, G Nicholson, E Seeman, S Iuliano, R Prince, L March, T Winzenberg, G Duque, P Ebeling, F Borgström, J Kanis, A Stuart, A Beauchamp, S Brennan-Olsen

(2021), pp. 1-9, Osteoporosis International, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Return on investment of a model of access combining triage with initial management: An economic analysis

D Snowdon, K Harding, N Taylor, S Leggat, B Kent, A Lewis, J Watts

(2021), Vol. 11, pp. 1-10, BMJ Open, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Yoga, cognitive-behavioural therapy versus education to improve quality of life and reduce healthcare costs in people with endometriosis: A randomised controlled trial

A Mikocka-Walus, M Druitt, M O'Shea, D Skvarc, J Watts, A Esterman, J Tsaltas, S Knowles, J Harris, C Dowding, E Parigi, S Evans

(2021), Vol. 11, BMJ Open, C1

journal article
2020

Mapping the functional independence measure to a multi-attribute utility instrument for economic evaluations in rehabilitation: a secondary analysis of randomized controlled trial data

Casey Peiris, Nicholas Taylor, Jennifer Watts, Nora Shields, Natasha Brusco, Duncan Mortimer

(2020), Vol. 42, pp. 3024-3032, Disability and rehabilitation, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

FitSkills: protocol for a stepped wedge cluster randomised trial of a community-based exercise programme to increase participation among young people with disability

N Shields, C Willis, C Imms, L Prendergast, J Watts, B Van Dorsselaer, G McKenzie, A Bruder, N Taylor

(2020), Vol. 10, pp. 1-11, BMJ open, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2019

Personalised telehealth intervention for chronic disease management: a pilot randomised controlled trial

Shalika Bohingamu Mudiyanselage, Jo Stevens, Jennifer Watts, Julian Toscano, Mark Kotowicz, Christopher Steinfort, Jennifer Bell, Janette Byrnes, Stephanie Bruce, Sarah Carter, Claire Hunter, Chris Barrand, Robyn Hayles

(2019), Vol. 25, pp. 343-352, Journal of telemedicine and telecare, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The cost of osteoporosis, osteopenia, and associated fractures in Australia in 2017

Gemma Tatangelo, Jennifer Watts, Karen Lim, Catherine Connaughton, Julie Abimanyi-Ochom, Fredrik Borgström, Geoff Nicholson, Catherine Shore-Lorenti, Amanda Stuart, Sandra Iuliano-Burns, Ego Seeman, Richard Prince, Lyn March, Marita Cross, Tania Winzenberg, Laura Laslett, Gustavo Duque, Peter Ebeling, Kerrie Sanders

(2019), Vol. 34, pp. 616-625, Journal of bone and mineral research, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Staff perspectives of a model of access and triage for reducing waiting time in ambulatory services: a qualitative study

Katherine Harding, David Snowdon, Annie Lewis, Sandra Leggat, Bridie Kent, Jennifer Watts, Nicholas Taylor

(2019), Vol. 19, pp. 1-9, BMC health services research, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Strategies to reduce diagnostic errors: a systematic review

J Abimanyi-Ochom, S Bohingamu Mudiyanselage, M Catchpool, M Firipis, S Wanni Arachchige Dona, J Watts

(2019), Vol. 19, BMC medical informatics and decision making, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2018

Are wait lists inevitable in subacute ambulatory and community health services? a qualitative analysis

K Harding, N Robertson, D Snowdon, J Watts, L Karimi, M O'reilly, M Kotis, N Taylor

(2018), Vol. 42, pp. 93-99, Australian Health Review, Clayton, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Additional physical therapy services reduce length of stay and improve health outcomes in people with acute and subacute conditions: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis

Casey Peiris, Nora Shields, Natasha Brusco, Jennifer Watts, Nicholas Taylor

(2018), Vol. 99, pp. 2299-2312, Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Evaluating the impact of the dementia care in hospitals program (DCHP) on hospital-acquired complications: study protocol

M Yates, J Watts, K Bail, M Mohebbi, S Macdermott, J Jebramek, H Brodaty

(2018), Vol. 15, pp. 1-11, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

A model of access combining triage with initial management reduced waiting time for community outpatient services: a stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trial

Katherine Harding, Sandra Leggat, Jennifer Watts, Bridie Kent, Luke Prendergast, Michelle Kotis, Mary O'Reilly, Leila Karimi, Annie Lewis, David Snowdon, Nicholas Taylor

(2018), Vol. 16, pp. 1-10, BMC medicine, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2017

A home program of strength training, movement strategy training and education did not prevent falls in people with Parkinson's disease: a randomised trial

M Morris, N Taylor, J Watts, A Evans, M Horne, P Kempster, M Danoudis, J McGinley, C Martin, H Menz

(2017), Vol. 63, pp. 94-100, Journal of physiotherapy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Cost of living with Parkinson's disease over 12 months in Australia: a prospective cohort study

S Bohingamu Mudiyanselage, J Watts, J Abimanyi-Ochom, L Lane, A Murphy, M Morris, R Iansek

(2017), Vol. 2017, pp. 1-13, Parkinson's disease, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article

Prioritising Responses Of Nurses To deteriorating patient Observations (PRONTO) protocol: testing the effectiveness of a facilitation intervention in a pragmatic, cluster-randomised trial with an embedded process evaluation and cost analysis

T Bucknall, G Harvey, J Considine, I Mitchell, J Rycroft-Malone, I Graham, M Mohebbi, J Watts, A Hutchinson

(2017), Vol. 12, pp. 1-9, Implementation science, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2016

A telephone support program to reduce costs and hospital admissions for patients at risk of readmissions: lessons from an evaluation of a complex health intervention

R Morello, A Barker, J Watts, M Bohensky, A Forbes, J Stoelwinder

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 187-195, Populution health management, New York, N. Y., C1

journal article

Health-related quality of life in people with Parkinson's disease receiving comprehensive care

S-E Soh, M Morris, J Watts, J McGinley, R Iansek

(2016), Vol. 40, pp. 613-618, Australian health review, Clayton, Vic., C1

journal article

Additional weekend therapy may reduce length of rehabilitation stay after stroke: a meta-analysis of individual patient data

C English, N Shields, N Brusco, N Taylor, J Watts, C Peiris, J Bernhardt, M Crotty, A Esterman, L Segal, S Hillier

(2016), Vol. 62, pp. 124-129, Journal of physiotherapy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Improving access for community health and sub-acute outpatient services: protocol for a stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trial

K Harding, J Watts, L Karimi, M O'Reilly, B Kent, M Kotis, S Leggat, J Kearney, N Taylor

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-8, BMC health services research, London, Eng., C1

journal article

RESPOND: a programme to prevent secondary falls in older people presenting to the emergency department with a fall: protocol for an economic evaluation

J Watts, Morello, R Morris, K Hill, T Haines, G Arendts, J Redfern, C Etherton-Beer, J Lowthian, C Brand, D Liew, A Barker

(2016), Vol. 23, pp. 124-130, Injury prevention, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2015

A Randomized Controlled Trial to Reduce Falls in People With Parkinson's Disease.

M Morris, H Menz, J McGinley, J Watts, F Huxham, A Murphy, M Danoudis, R Iansek

(2015), Vol. 29, pp. 777-785, Neurorehabilitation and neural repair, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Changes in quality of life associated with fragility fractures: Australian arm of the International Cost and Utility Related to Osteoporotic Fractures Study (AusICUROS).

J Abimanyi-Ochom, J Watts, F Borgström, G Nicholson, C Shore-Lorenti, A Stuart, Y Zhang, S Iuliano, E Seeman, R Prince, L March, M Cross, T Winzenberg, L Laslett, G Duque, P Ebeling, K Sanders

(2015), Vol. 26, pp. 1781-1790, Osteoporosis International, England, C1

journal article

Is cost effectiveness sustained after weekend inpatient rehabilitation? 12 month follow up from a randomized controlled trial

N Brusco, J Watts, N Shields, N Taylor

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 1-15, BMC health services research, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Empirical evidence of recall bias for primary health care visits

N Brusco, J Watts

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 1-8, BMC health services research, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The health profile of people living with Parkinson's Disease managed in a comprehensive care setting

M Morris, A Murphy, J Watts, D Jolley, D Campbell, S Soh, C Said, R Iansek

(2015), Vol. 3, pp. 1-7, Journal of aging science, Los Angeles, Calif., C1

journal article

The extra resource burden of in-hospital falls: a cost of falls study

R Morello, A Barker, J Watts, T Haines, S Zavarsek, K Hill, C Brand, C Sherrington, R Wolfe, M Bohensky, J Stoelwinder

(2015), Vol. 203, pp. 367-375, Medical journal of Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal article
2014

Economic evaluation of adult rehabilitation: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials in a variety of settings

N Brusco, N Taylor, J Watts, N Shields

(2014), Vol. 95, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, C1

journal article

Are weekend inpatient rehabilitation services value for money? An economic evaluation alongside a randomized controlled trial with a 30 day follow up

N Brusco, J Watts, N Shields, N Taylor

(2014), Vol. 12, BMC Medicine, C1

journal article

Does additional acute phase inpatient rehabilitation help people return to work? A subgroup analysis from a randomized controlled trial

N Brusco, J Watts, N Shields, S Chan, N Taylor

(2014), Vol. 28, pp. 754-761, Clinical rehabilitation, London, England, C1

journal article
2013

Determinants of health-related quality of life in people with Parkinson's disease: a path analysis

S Soh, J McGinley, J Watts, R Iansek, A Murphy, H Menz, F Huxham, M Morris

(2013), Vol. 22, pp. 1543-1553, Quality of life research, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Additional Saturday rehabilitation improves functional independence and quality of life and reduces length of stay: A randomized controlled trial

C Peiris, N Shields, N Brusco, J Watts, N Taylor

(2013), Vol. 11, BMC Medicine, C1

journal article

In-hospital falls and fall-related injuries: A protocol for a cost of fall study

R Morello, A Barker, T Haines, S Zavarsek, J Watts, K Hill, C Brand, C Sherrington, R Wolfe, M Bohensky, J Stoelwinder

(2013), Vol. 19, pp. 363-, Injury Prevention, C1-1

journal article
2012

Protocol for a home-based integrated physical therapy program to reduce falls and improve mobility in people with Parkinson's disease

M Morris, C Martin, J McGinley, F Huxham, H Menz, N Taylor, M Danoudis, J Watts, S Soe, A Evans, M Horne, P Kempster

(2012), Vol. 12, pp. 1-7, BMC neurology, London, England, C1-1

journal article

Health-related quality of life and strain in caregivers of Australians with Parkinson's disease : An observational study

D Kelly, J McGinley, F Huxham, H Menz, J Watts, R Iansek, A Murphy, M Danoudis, B Adair, M Morris

(2012), Vol. 12, pp. 1-7, BMC neurology, London, England, C1-1

journal article

Rural living and health-related quality of life in Australians with Parkinson's disease

S Soh, J McGinley, J Watts, R Iansek, M Morris

(2012), Vol. 12, pp. 1-9, Rural and remote health, Cairns, Qld., C1-1

journal article

The 6-PACK programme to decrease falls and fall-related injuries in acute hospitals : protocol for an economic evaluation alongside a cluster randomised controlled trial

R Morello, A Barker, S Zavarsek, J Watts, T Haines, K Hill, C Sherrington, C Brand, D Jolley, J Stoelwinder

(2012), Vol. 18, pp. 1-6, Injury prevention, London, England, C1-1

journal article

Improving the efficiency of telephone-based disease management programs : getting the population and the timing right using hospital admission data

J Watts, D Jolley, J Wainer, R Athchison

(2012), Vol. 15, pp. 331-337, Population health management, New Rochelle, N.Y., C1-1

journal article

Health-related quality of life of Australians with Parkinson disease : a comparison with international studies

S Soh, J McGinley, J Watts, R Iansek, M Morris

(2012), Vol. 64, pp. 338-346, Physiotherapy Canada, Toronto, Canada, C1-1

journal article

Feasibility, safety, and compliance in a randomized controlled trial of physical therapy for Parkinson's disease

J McGinley, C Martin, F Huxham, H Menz, M Danoudis, A Murphy, J Watts, R Iansek, M Morris

(2012), Vol. 2012, pp. 1-9, Parkinson's disease, New York, N.Y., C1-1

journal article
2011

Falls and mobility in Parkinson's disease: Protocol for a randomised controlled clinical trial

M Morris, H Menz, J McGinley, F Huxham, A Murphy, R Iansek, M Danoudis, S Soh, D Kelly, J Watts

(2011), Vol. 11, BMC Neurology, C1-1

journal article

Breaking up is hard to do : the economic impact of provisional funding contingent upon evidence development

D Mortimer, J Li, J Watts, A Harris

(2011), Vol. 2011, pp. 509-527, Health economics, policy and law, Cambridge, England, C1-1

journal article
2010

A study protocol of a randomised controlled trial incorporating a health economic analysis to investigate if additional allied health services for rehabilitation reduce length of stay without compromising patient outcomes

N Taylor, N Brusco, J Watts, N Shields, C Peiris, N Sullivan, G Kennedy, C Teo, A Farley, K Lockwood, C Radia-George

(2010), Vol. 10, BMC Health Services Research, C1-1

journal article

Loss and grief in the workplace. What can we learn from the literature?

M O'Connor, J Watts, M Bloomer, K Larkins

(2010), Vol. 3, pp. 131-142, International journal of workplace health management, Bingley, England, C1-1

journal article

Evaluation of the Medibank betterhealth on call program for chronic disease management

J Wainer, J Watts, D Jolley, A Kelly, D Campbell, K Owada

(2010), A6-1

research report/technical paper
2009

Market failure, policy failure and other distortions in chronic disease markets

J Watts, L Segal

(2009), Vol. 9, BMC Health Services Research, C1-1

journal article

Quantifying the profile and progression of impairments, activity, participation, and quality of life in people with Parkinson disease : protocol for a prospective cohort study

M Morris, J Watts, R Iansek, D Jolley, D Campbell, A Murphy, C Martin

(2009), Vol. 9, pp. 1-6, BMC geriatrics, London, England, C1-1

journal article
2008

Cost effectiveness of preventing falls and improving mobility in people with Parkinson disease: Protocol for an economic evaluation alongside a clinical trial

J Watts, J McGinley, F Huxham, H Menz, R Iansek, A Murphy, E Waller, M Morris

(2008), Vol. 8, BMC Geriatrics, C1-1

journal article

Vouchers for chronic disease care

J Watts, L Segal

(2008), Vol. 32, pp. 451-458, Australian health review, Collingwood, Vic., C1-1

journal article
2006

Half the burden of fragility fractures in the community occur in women without osteoporosis. When is fracture prevention cost-effective?

K Sanders, G Nicholson, J Watts, J Pasco, M Henry, M Kotowicz, E Seeman

(2006), Vol. 38, pp. 694-700, Bone, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

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Supervisions

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