Mr Martin Hensher



Associate Professor, Health System Financing and Organisation


Faculty of Health


Office of Faculty of Health


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Career highlights

Senior executive roles in National Department of Health South Africa; Department of Health - England; Department of Health & Human Services Tasmania; contributor to WHO Commission on Macroeconomics and Health (2001); Disease Control Priorities Project Second Edition (2006); Chair Australian National Information and Performance Principal Committee (2016-17).

Research interests

Health system financing and sustainability

Sustainable health care in the Anthropocene

Applying ecological economics to health and health care

Reducing overdiagnosis and overtreatment

Translating economic evaluation into actionable health system policies

Political economy of health system financing and policy

The economics of health system data and information

Effective policy for health system data and information

Knowledge areas

Health economics and financing; health care policy and planning; health care organisation; health system sustainability - ecological and economic; ecological economics; health care in the Anthropocene


Health system financing, organisation and policy-making Sustainable health care Health care and climate change / environmental crisis Overtreatment and over diagnosis Health care data and information
  • Economics
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Policy


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A beginner's guide to avoiding bad policy mistakes in the Anthropocene

Martin Hensher

(2019), pp. 207-219, Liberty and the ecological crisis : freedom on a finite planet, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Rates and reasons for emergency department presentations of patients wait-listed for public bariatric surgery in Tasmania, Australia

Alexandr Kuzminov, Stephen Wilkinson, Andrew Palmer, Petr Otahal, Martin Hensher, Alison Venn

(2019), Vol. 13, pp. 184-190, Obesity research and clinical practice, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Health care and the future of economic growth: exploring alternative perspectives

Martin Hensher, John Tisdell, Ben Canny, Craig Zimitat

(2019), pp. 1-21, Health economics, policy and law, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

Long-Term Inpatient Hospital Utilisation and Costs (2007-2008 to 2015-2016) for Publicly Waitlisted Bariatric Surgery Patients in an Australian Public Hospital System Based on Australia's Activity-Based Funding Model

J Campbell, M Hensher, D Davies, M Green, B Hagan, I Jordan, A Venn, A Kuzminov, A Neil, S Wilkinson, A Palmer

(2019), Vol. 3, pp. 599-618, PharmacoEconomics - Open, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

A qualitative investigation of the health economic impacts of bariatric surgery for obesity and implications for improved practice in health economics

Julie Campbell, Douglas Ezzy, Amanda Neil, Martin Hensher, Alison Venn, Melanie Sharman, Andrew Palmer

(2018), Vol. 27, pp. 1300-1318, Health economics, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Population estimates and characteristics of Australians potentially eligible for bariatric surgery: findings from the 2011-13 Australian Health Survey

Melanie Sharman, Monique Breslin, Alexandr Kuzminov, Andrew Palmer, Leigh Blizzard, Martin Hensher, Alison Venn

(2018), Vol. 42, pp. 429-437, Australian health review, Clayton, Vic., C1

journal article

What are the support experiences and needs of patients who have received bariatric surgery?

Melanie Sharman, Martin Hensher, Stephen Wilkinson, Danielle Williams, Andrew Palmer, Alison Venn, Douglas Ezzy

(2017), Vol. 20, pp. 35-46, Health expectations, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

"Too much medicine": insights and explanations from economic theory and research

Martin Hensher, John Tisdell, Craig Zimitat

(2017), Vol. 176, pp. 77-84, Social science and medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The support needs of patients waiting for publicly funded bariatric surgery - implications for health service planners

M Sharman, A Venn, K Jose, D Williams, M Hensher, A Palmer, S Wilkinson, D Ezzy

(2017), Vol. 7, pp. 46-53, Clinical obesity, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Motivations for seeking bariatric surgery: the importance of health professionals and social networks

M Sharman, A Venn, M Hensher, S Wilkinson, A Palmer, D Williams, D Ezzy

(2016), Vol. 11, pp. 104-109, Bariatric surgical practice and patient care, New Rochelle, N.Y., C1

journal article

Diverse approaches to the health economic evaluation of bariatric surgery: a comprehensive systematic review

J Campbell, A Venn, A Neil, M Hensher, M Sharman, A Palmer

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 850-894, Obesity reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Review of publicly-funded bariatric surgery policy in Australia-lessons for more comprehensive policy making

Melanie Sharman, Martin Hensher, Stephen Wilkinson, Julie Campbell, Alison Venn

(2016), Vol. 26, pp. 817-824, Obesity surgery, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article

Quality metrics

M Hensher, B Keogh

(2009), Vol. 27, pp. 393-396, Surgery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

The cost of home-based terminal care for people with AIDS in South Africa

Leana Uys, Martin Hensher

(2002), Vol. 92, pp. 624-628, South African medical journal, Cape Town, South Africa, C1-1

journal article

Financing blood transfusion services in sub-Saharan Africa: a role for user fees?

M Hensher, E Jefferys

(2000), Vol. 15, pp. 287-295, Health policy and planning, Oxford, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Conceptual and practical difficulties with the economic evaluation of health services developments

J Coast, M Hensher, J Mulligan, S Shepperd, J Jones

(2000), Vol. 5, pp. 42-48, Journal of health services research and policy, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Lessons for health strategies in Europe: the evaluation of a national health strategy in England

N Fulop, J Elston, M Hensher, M Mckee, R Walters

(2000), Vol. 10, pp. 11-17, European journal of public health, Oxford, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The influence of health needs assessment on health care decision-making in London health authorities

M Hensher, N Fulop

(1999), Vol. 4, pp. 90-95, Journal of health services research and policy, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Improving general practitioner access to physiotherapy: a review of the economic evidence

M Hensher

(1997), Vol. 10, pp. 225-230, Health services management research, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Does hospital-at-home make economic sense? Early discharge versus standard care for orthopaedic patients

M Hensher, N Fulop, S Hood, S Ujah

(1996), Vol. 89, pp. 548-551, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The impact of economic transition on kindergartens in Kazakhstan: Problems and policy questions

M Hensher, S Passingham

(1996), Vol. 26, pp. 305-313, Compare, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Bariatric surgery in Tasmania: investigating health service use, costs, patient outcomes and policy options (Research Subcontract)

A/Prof Alison Venn, Prof Andrew Palmer, Prof Douglas Ezzy, A/Prof Christopher Blizzard, Prof Mark Nelson, Dr Amanda Neil, Mr Martin Hensher

NHMRC - Partnership Project

  • 2020: $54,545
  • 2019: $36,363

Industry and Other Funding

Western Victoria PHN After Hours Telehealth Pilot Evaluation.

Mr Martin Hensher, Prof Marj Moodie, A/Prof Tim Baker, Prof Alison Hutchinson

  • 2020: $32,000
  • 2019: $43,500

Review of GMHBA's chronic disease prevention and health promotion programs.

Prof Anna Peeters, A/Prof Jennifer Watts, Mr Martin Hensher

  • 2019: $20,000

Developing and piloting a framework to evaluate Health APPs to enable the promotion of a curated set of evidence-based Health APPs to consumers in the Australian setting.

Mr Martin Hensher, Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Cathy Mihalopoulos, Dr Paul Cooper

  • 2020: $114,750

Evaluation of the expansion of telehealth through primary care in Australia.

Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Elizabeth Manias, A/Prof Kevin Mc Namara, A/Prof Vincent Versace, Ms Andrea Hernan, Mr Martin Hensher, Prof Marj Moodie, Dr Lan Gao, Prof Liliana Orellana, Prof Andrea Driscoll, Prof Bodil Rasmussen, Prof Peter Vuillermin, Dr Kate Anderson

  • 2020: $24,250


No completed student supervisions to report