Centre Announcements


Congratulations to Dr Daniel Avdic, Dr Umair Khalil and Dr Rohan Sweeney who have been promoted to Senior Research Fellows.  These promotions are well deserved achievements and recognition of the significant contributions that they have made at the Centre, and the field of Health Economics more broadly.

New staff

We welcome our new staff members Laura Fanning and Adam Irving.

Dr Laura Fanning – Laura joined the CHE as a Research Fellow in January 2020 after completing her PhD in Monash’s Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences in 2019. Laura's PhD research focussed on using routinely collected healthcare data to close evidence-practice gaps in under-represented groups in clinical trials. Laura also holds a Master of Public Health with a specialisation in Health Economics, and a Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours. Laura has 12 years of experience working as a hospital pharmacist and regularly works in a clinical capacity at the Box Hill Hospital. Laura will conduct both Health Technology Assessments and post-doctoral research work at the CHE.

Dr Adam Irving – Adam joined the CHE as a Research Fellow in January 2020 after completing his PhD in Health Economics at CHE. His previous work experience includes Health Technology Assessment consulting both in the UK and at the University of Sydney's NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre. Initially he will be continuing research from his thesis studying interventions to improve efficiency in Australia's supply of blood and blood products, funded by the National Blood Authority.

ECR successes

Early Career Research Staff within the Centre have been successful in attaining 2019 Early Career Grants from the Monash Business School:

ECR Grant

Dr Claryn Kung - Socioeconomic inequalities in loneliness among adolescents and young adults

This project examines whether socioeconomic differences contribute to loneliness among adolescents and young adults, who experience similar rates of loneliness as older adults. An array of panel data estimation strategies is employed towards providing comprehensive, robust, and timely evidence on the role of this important policy factor in the experience of loneliness within this age group. This project contributes to a literature previously focussed on older adults.

New Academic Staff Support Grants

Dr Claryn Kung - How early life adversities influence economic preferences in later life

Dr Umair Khalil - Political Favouritism by Powerful Politicians: Evidence from Chief Ministers in India

Staff/Student awards:

Dr Daniel Avdic – Monash Business School 2019 Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher

Jessica Arnup - Monash Business School Doctoral Colloquium runner-up prize for best paper, November 2019

Karinna Saxby - Australian Health Economics Society (AHES) Conference Prize for best presentation, September 2019 and Australian Gender Economics Workshop (AGEW2020) runner up, February 2020.

Ieva Sriubaite - Australian Health Economics Doctoral Conference (part of AHES) prize for best paper, September 2019