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Dr Julie Abimanyi-Ochom



Lecturer, Public Health


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Social Dev


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2012




Title: PhD Health Economics

Institution: Monash University

Year: 2012


Title: MSc Development and Resource Economics

Institution: Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Year: 2005


Title: BSc Agricultural Economics

Institution: Makerere University 

Year: 2003

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Biography summary

Julie is the Deputy Director, Master of Health Economics and Lecturer – Public Health. She is also a Research Fellow within the Economics of Chronic Disease Management stream, analysing cost effectiveness of chronic disease management and burden of disease including Osteoporosis, Parkinson’s Disease and HIV/AIDS. Her discpline area is Public Health and applied economics including Health Economics.

Julie is an applied Health Economist with a PhD in Health Economics from Monash University. Her research has focused on using large data sets (Demographic Health Surveys, Household Income and Labour Dynamics Australia Study, Australian arm of the International Cost and Utility Related to Osteoporotic Fractures Study) for economic modelling using Stata. She lectures and supervises Master of Public Health and Master of Health Economics students at Deakin University. She’s the Unit Chair Biostatistics 1 HSH746/946 and Health Economics in a Global Context HSH768.

Julie’s publications include peer reviewed academic journals and reports in public health and she presents her work within Australia and internationally.

Research interests

Public health research including research in developing countries focusing on alcohol prevention, impact of HIV/AIDS, disability and children’s nutrition and education.

Economics of chronic diseases particularly Osteoporosis and Parkinson’s within the Australian context.

Undertaking survey research in Sub-Saharan Africa including designing survey questionnaires and training of enumerators.


Member Australian Health Economics Society (AHES) and International Health Economics Association (iHEA)

Teaching interests

Introductory Health Economics

Economic Evaluation 

Comparative Health Systems

Health Economics in an International Context

Economics of Developing countries 

Introductory Macroeconomics

Introductory Microeconomics

Units taught


Biostatistics 1 HSH746/946

Health Economics in a Global Context HSH768


Introductory Health Economics 

Economics of Developing Countries

Introductory Macroeconomics

Knowledge areas

Health Economics

Development Economics

Econometric modelling

Topics of Interest




Survey Design in Sub-Saharan Africa


• 39th Annual Australian Health Economics Society Conference Society (September 21-22 2017); presented the paper Differences in income and quality of life between women with and without children

• 10th International Society on Priorities in Health Care Conference Melbourne-“Examining the Past and Contemplating the Future- 20 years of Priority Setting”. (November 10-12 2014)

• 20th International AIDS Conference Melbourne “Stepping Up the Pace”. (July 20-25 2014)

• International Health Economics Association Conference, Sydney 2013. Who’s got the power? Exploring gender differences in labour supply for individual males and females and, among couples in households with PLWHA.

• Brown University’s International Advanced Research Institutes training, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 2013. 35 years of Advances in HIV/AIDS: What has changed for Women?

• Australian Conference of Health Economists, Darwin, Northern Territory, 2012. Critical help at a critical time: Schooling of vulnerable children given formal assistance to households with PLWHA in Central Uganda

• African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific Conference, Flinders University, Adelaide, 2011. Does social support in addition to ART make a difference? Comparison of households with TASO and MOH PLWHA in Central Uganda

• Australian Conference of Health Economists, Melbourne, Victoria, 2011. Factors that influence child work for households with PLWHA in Central Uganda

• Australian Conference of Health Economists, Hobart, Tasmania, 2009. Risk factors for HIV infection among women in Kenya and Uganda

• World Congress on Health Economics, Beijing, China, 2009. Risk factors for HIV infection among women in Kenya and Uganda

•  Annual International Conference of the International Academy of African Business and Development, Kampala, Uganda, 2009. Factors that influence using voluntary counselling and testing for Women in Kenya

Professional activities

Editorial Board - Frontiers Public Health (Health Economics)

Reviewer Journal of Health Economics, Journal of AIDS Care, Global Health Action, Journal of Vulnerable Children and Youth and BMC International Health and Human Rights.

Chapter Executive for Asia and Australia, Doctoral Network Uganda 2013-2016

Member Doctoral Network Uganda (2017 onwards)


Faculty of Health Small Grant Research Award

Brown University Advanced Research Institute Scholar Award, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, June 2013 

Best paper award by a Junior Researcher, Australian Health Economics Society Conference, October 2009


1. Long STEPPP-A: Longitudinal study of teenagers with endometriosis, period and pelvic pain in Australia to identify early risk factors, educational and management strategies that will lead to optimal health outcomes and appropriate health utilisation (2020-2024).


2. Evaluate the impact of Medicare Rebate Freeze on GP service utilization and bulk billing services across local areas and socioeconomic groups within Australia.


3. Evaluate the added socioeconomic burden of having a chronic disease in addition to HIV/AIDS for South-East Asia.


4. NHMRC Projects (334304, 1087781) modelling economic benefits in prevention of alcohol/other substance abuse in young people through community wide interventions, provide evidence base for universalisation of such interventions


5. The Impact of COVID-19 Social Distancing Measures on Livelihoods, Health and Lifestyles Study (CIS) in Sub-Saharan Africa and Australia.


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Polydrug use in Australian 12-14 year olds from 2006 to 2017: an examination of drug use profiles, emotional control problems, and family relationship characteristics

A Kelly, A Munnings, X Zhao, B Rowland, K Laurens, M Campbell, J Williams, J Bailey, C Killingly, J Abimanyi-Ochom, P Kremer, J Toumbourou

(2023), Vol. 75, Australian Journal of Psychology, C1

journal article

A systematic review and meta-analysis of depression and apathy frequency in adult-onset Huntington's disease

M Clark, J Abimanyi-Ochom, H Le, B Long, C Orr, L Khanh-Dao Le

(2023), Vol. 149, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, C1

journal article

Impact of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Rebate (MBSR) freeze on General Practice (GP) use: multivariable regression analysis

S Mudiyanselage, S Dona, J Abimanyi-Ochom, J Watts

(2023), Vol. 23, pp. 1-7, BMC Health Services Research, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Identifying the most common barriers to opioid agonist treatment in an Australian setting

Natasha Hall, Long Le, Julie Abimanyi-Ochom, Maree Teesson, Cathy Mihalopoulos

(2023), Australian Journal of Primary Health, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

Evaluation of Communities That Care-Effects on Municipal Youth Crime Rates in Victoria, Australia: 2010-2019

B Rowland, A Kelly, M Mohebbi, P Kremer, C Abrahams, J Abimanyi-Ochom, R Carter, J Williams, R Smith, A Osborn, J Hall, T Hosseini, H Renner, J Toumbourou

(2022), Vol. 23, pp. 24-35, Prevention Science, United States, 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, The Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific, England, C1

journal article

Intention to drink and alcohol use before 18 years among Australian adolescents: An extended Theory of Planned Behavior

X Zhao, A Kelly, B Rowland, J Williams, P Kremer, M Mohebbi, R Carter, C Abraham, J Abimanyi-Ochom, J Toumbourou

(2020), Vol. 111, Addictive Behaviors, England, C1

journal article

The Cost of Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, and Associated Fractures in Australia in 2017

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

(2019), Vol. 34, pp. 616-625, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, United States, 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, England, C1

journal article

Trial protocol: A clustered, randomised, longitudinal, type 2 translational trial of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm among adolescents in Australia

B Rowland, C Abraham, R Carter, J Abimanyi-Ochom, A Kelly, P Kremer, J Williams, R Smith, J Hall, D Wagner, H Renner, T Hosseini, A Osborn, M Mohebbi, J Toumbourou

(2018), Vol. 18, BMC Public Health, England, 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, Parkinson's Disease, United States, C1

journal article

HIV/AIDS knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of persons with and without disabilities from the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey 2011: Differential access to HIV/AIDS information and services

J Abimanyi-Ochom, H Mannan, N Groce, J McVeigh

(2017), Vol. 12, PLoS ONE, United States, C1-1

journal article

Practicalities of health survey fieldwork research in a resource limited setting: challenges and lessons learnt from Uganda

J Abimanyi-Ochom

(2017), Vol. 17, pp. 278-284, African health sciences, Kampala, Uganda, C1

journal article

Invisible work: child work in households with a person living with HIV/AIDS in Central Uganda

J Abimanyi-Ochom, B Inder, B Hollingsworth, P Lorgelly

(2017), Vol. 14, pp. 93-109, SAHARA-J : Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS, Pretoria, South Africa, 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

Uganda's disability journey: progress and challenges

Julie Abimanyi-Ochom, Hasheem Mannan

(2014), Vol. 3, pp. 1-6, African journal of disability, Cape Town, South Africa, C1

journal article

Does social support in addition to ART make a difference? Comparison of households with TASO and MOH PLWHA in Central Uganda

Julie Abimanyi-Ochom, Paula Lorgelly, Bruce Hollingsworth, Brett Inder

(2013), Vol. 25, pp. 619-626, AIDS Care, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

LongSTEPPP - A longitudinal study of teenagers with endometriosis, period and pelvic pain in Australia to identify early risk factors, educational and management strategies that will lead to optimal h

Prof Sonia Grover, Prof Harriet HIscock, Prof Catherine Bennett, Dr Brooke Harcourt, Dr Andrew Chanen, Dr Rebecca Deans, Dr Julie Abimanyi-Ochom

MRFF EPCDRI Endometriosis Research Grant

  • 2023: $64,308
  • 2022: $187,080

Other Public Sector Funding

Osteoporosis Hospital Micro-Costing Study

Prof Jennifer Watts, Dr Julie Abimanyi-Ochom, Mrs Kerrie Sanders

Western Health

  • 2014: $32,400

Embedding Simulation in Clinical training

Emeritus Professor Rob Carter, Prof Jennifer Watts, Dr Julie Abimanyi-Ochom

DHA Grant - Research - Department of Health and Ageing, Health Workforce Australia - Clinical Supervision Support Program

  • 2017: $73,184
  • 2014: $11,150

Literature Review-Safer Diagnosis

Dr Julie Abimanyi-Ochom, Prof Jennifer Watts, Dr Shalika Bohingamu Mudiyanselage, Mr Max Catchpool

VIC Managed Insurance Authority

  • 2017: $44,529

Investigating diabetes as a risk factor for dementia.

Dr Julie Abimanyi-Ochom, Ms Kanika Mehta

International Education Resilience Fund

  • 2022: $15,000

Industry and Other Funding

Osteoporosis Burden of Disease in Australia

Prof Jennifer Watts, Dr Julie Abimanyi-Ochom

Osteoporosis Aust Grant - Research

  • 2013: $39,906


No completed student supervisions to report