A/Prof. Martin Hensher



Associate Professor, Health System Financing and Organisation


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Soc. Dev.


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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Scoping review: Development and assessment of evaluation frameworks of mobile health apps for recommendations to consumers

M Hensher, P Cooper, S Dona, M Angeles, D Nguyen, N Heynsbergh, M Chatterton, A Peeters

(2021), Vol. 28, pp. 1318-1329, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

Impacts of chronic disease prevention programs implemented by private health insurers: a systematic review

S Wanni Arachchige Dona, M Angeles, N Hall, J Watts, A Peeters, M Hensher

(2021), Vol. 21, BMC Health Services Research, C1

journal article

Anthropocene Health Economics: Preparing for the Journey or the Destination?

Martin Hensher

(2020), pp. 107-139, Health in the Anthropocene: Living Well on a Finite Planet, Toronto, Canada, B1

book chapter

Human Health and Ecological Economics

Martin Hensher

(2020), pp. 188-208, Sustainable Wellbeing Futures: A Research and Action Agenda for Ecological Economics, Gloucester, Eng., B1

book chapter

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

Martin Hensher, John Tisdell, Ben Canny, Craig Zimitat

(2020), Vol. 15, pp. 419-439, Health economics, policy and law, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

Incorporating environmental impacts into the economic evaluation of health care systems: Perspectives from ecological economics

Martin Hensher

(2020), Vol. 154, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Open knowledge commons versus privatized gain in a fractured information ecology: lessons from COVID-19 for the future of sustainability

M Hensher, K Kish, J Farley, S Quilley, K Zywert

(2020), Vol. 3, pp. 1-5, Global sustainability, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

Health care, overconsumption and uneconomic growth: a conceptual framework

Martin Hensher, Ben Canny, Craig Zimitat, Julie Campbell, Andrew Palmer

(2020), Vol. 266, pp. 1-11, Social Science & Medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Health care sustainability metrics: building a safer, low-carbon health system

M Hensher, F McGain

(2020), Vol. 39, pp. 2080-2087, Health affairs, Millwood, Va., C1

journal article

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

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

An Exploratory Study: A Head-to-Head Comparison of the EQ-5D-5L and AQoL-8D for Long-Term Publicly Waitlisted Bariatric Surgery Patients Before and 3 Months After Bariatric Surgery

J Campbell, M Hensher, A Neil, A Venn, P Otahal, S Wilkinson, A Palmer

(2018), Vol. 2, pp. 443-458, PharmacoEconomics - Open, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

An Exploratory Study of Long-Term Publicly Waitlisted Bariatric Surgery Patients' Quality of Life Before and 1 Year After Bariatric Surgery, and Considerations for Healthcare Planners

J Campbell, M Hensher, A Neil, A Venn, S Wilkinson, A Palmer

(2018), Vol. 2, pp. 63-76, PharmacoEconomics - Open, Berlin, Germany, 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

Implementing health sector reform in Central Asia. Papers from a Health Policy Seminar held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, June 1996

Z Feachem, M Hensher, L Rose

(1999), A7-1

edited book

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, A/Prof Martin Hensher

NHMRC - Partnership Project

  • 2020: $54,545
  • 2019: $36,363

Other Public Sector Funding

An evaluation of the first two years of implementation of the Australian Mental Health Leaders Fellowship (AMHLF).

A/Prof Sandeep Reddy, A/Prof Grant Phelps, Mr John Rasa, Mr Imran Muhammad, A/Prof Martin Hensher, A/Prof Melissa O'Shea, Prof Michael Berk

  • 2021: $25,652
  • 2020: $51,305

The uptake, benefits and impacts of virtual healthcare for non-hospitalised TAC clients and providers.

A/Prof Martin Hensher, A/Prof Genevieve Pepin, Prof Elizabeth Manias, Dr Kate Anderson, Prof Marj Moodie, Ms Kelli Nicola-Richmond, Prof Bodil Rasmussen, Prof Anna Peeters

  • 2021: $155,149

Investment Narrative for Respect Victoria

A/Prof Lisa Gold, Dr Ha Le, Dr Kim Robinson, Dr Yong Yi Lee, A/Prof Martin Hensher

  • 2021: $27,272

Industry and Other Funding

Western Victoria PHN After Hours Telehealth Pilot Evaluation.

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

  • 2021: $8,000
  • 2020: $32,000
  • 2019: $43,500

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

Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Jennifer Watts, A/Prof 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.

A/Prof Martin Hensher, Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Cathy Mihalopoulos, Dr Paul Cooper

  • 2021: $38,250
  • 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, Dr Andrea Hernan, A/Prof Martin Hensher, Prof Marj Moodie, Dr Lan Gao, Prof Liliana Orellana, Prof Andrea Driscoll, Prof Bodil Rasmussen, Prof Peter Vuillermin, Dr Kate Anderson

  • 2021: $24,250
  • 2020: $24,250

Evaluation of Western PHN After Hours Telehealth for Residential Aged Care Facilities Project.

A/Prof Martin Hensher

  • 2021: $8,677
  • 2020: $8,677

A Listening and Learning Healthcare System approach to improve outcomes for acute-care mental health consumers in the Barwon-Southwest Victoria Region.

Prof Anna Peeters, Prof Steven Allender, Prof Sharon Brennan-Olsen, Prof Michael Berk, A/Prof Olivia Dean, Prof Felice Jacka, A/Prof Adrienne O'Neil, A/Prof Melissa O'Shea, Prof Rajesh Vasa, A/Prof Michael Johnstone, A/Prof Martin Hensher, Dr Josh Hayward, Dr Elijah Marangu, Prof Alison Hutchinson, Dr Mary Lou Chatterton, Miss Sally Buchanan-Hagen

  • 2021: $59,284


No completed student supervisions to report