Centre announcements

We welcome our new staff members Nicola Huxley and Clement Wong:

Nicola Huxley

Nicola joined the CHE as a Research Fellow in January 2021 after completing her PhD in Health Economics at the CHE. Her PhD used Australian prostate cancer registry data to examine mechanisms to improve quality of care through changes in provider behaviour. Nicola's previous work experience includes five years as an economic modeller conducting health technology assessments for NICE and NIHR with the Peninsula Technology Assessment Group (Exeter, UK). Nicola will conduct both health technology assessments and post-doctoral research work at the CHE.

Clement Wong

Clement is a CHE Research Fellow. He completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Melbourne, and his current research focuses on the economics of mental health and risky health behaviours, particularly among young people. His recent research projects examined financial wellbeing and autonomy among children and adolescents, as well as the pattern of delayed transitions to adulthood in Australia.

Congratulations to Dr Sonja de New, who has been promoted to Associate Professor. This promotion is a well-deserved achievement and recognises the significant contribution she has made at the Centre, and more broadly in the field of Health Economics.

ASSA Fellow

Professor Michael Shields was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia (November 2020). Professor Shields' research is in the areas of applied health and labour economics. He has a particular interest in the socioeconomic determinants of health and wellbeing, and has published around 60 papers in economic and interdisciplinary journals.

Some of his most recent studies focus on the links between local area economic conditions and health, the characteristics of individuals who are resilient, the effect of spousal bereavement on loneliness and social isolation, the impact of job insecurity on health and how economic preferences are related to health status. He would like to thank his co-authors and colleagues for their support and guidance over many years.

Monash Business School 2020 Dean’s Award winners

  • Dean’s Award for Equity, Diversity and Social Inclusion Research Excellence - Karinna Saxby, Samia Badji, Sonja de New and Dennis Petrie.
  • Dean’s Commendation for Research Impact - Health Technology Program led by Jing Jing Li, Centre for Health Economics.
  • Dean’s Commendations for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher - Umair Khalil, Centre for Health Economics.

PhD student winners

  • PhD student Elaine de Gruyter has been awarded the International Health Economics Society’s (iHEA) Student Paper First Prize for her paper Altruism born of suffering? The impact of an adverse health shock on pro-social behaviour (May 2021).
  • PhD student Nico Martin Bassols received a joint Best Presentation Award at the Australian Health Economics Society Doctoral (AHED) conference (September 2020).

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