Economics of Mental Health Policy

The inaugural International Workshop on the ‘Economics of Mental Health Policy’ was held on 17-19 September 2018 at Villa Mondagone in Rome, organised by Prof Anthony Harris, Prof Michael Shields, Dr Sonja Kassenboehmer & Prof Maarten Lindeboom through the Centre for Economics and International Studies (CEIS) at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. There were 22 presentations, including keynote presentations from Prof Martin Knapp, London School of Economics (UK) and Prof Jody Sindelar from Yale University (US) across the 3-day workshop. Other presentations came from other Universities across Europe, including Imperial College London and Kings College London, as well as the University of York, Erasmus University Rotterdam, VU Amsterdam, University of Barcelona and the University of Duisberg-Essen, and US universities such as the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan.

Competition and Choice in Health Care Markets

The Centre for Health Economics' inaugural public lecture on Competition and Choice in Health Care Markets, was held on 4 December 2018 at the Treasury Theatre in the Melb CBD. This was a successful event in which over 140 participants from across academia, industry and government, attended to hear our distinguished invited speakers Professor Carol Propper, Professor of Economics, Associate Dean of Faculty and Research and Chair in Economics at the Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London, discuss whether patient choice and competition among providers is worth pursuing in heavily regulated health care markets like those in the UK, Europe and Australia where public funding is dominant.  The Australian Government Productivity Commissioner, Professor Stephen King, responded to Carol’s address and discussed competition and choice in the context of the Australian Health Care System. The participants were able to contribute to the discussion and network with presenters and guests after the lecture enjoying drinks and canapes.

Workshop on the Economics of Health and Wellbeing

The 10th Workshop on the Economics of Health and Wellbeing, was held on 11-13 February 2019 at Werribee Mansion Hotel, organised by the International Network on the Economics of Mental Wellbeing. The Australian Government Productivity Commission, Professor Stephen King, opened the discussion to the workshop presenting on the PC’s Mental Health Inquiry, and the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, Professor Allan Fels AO, gave the Keynote Address: Mental health economics and policy. There were 27 presentations by invited leading researchers, from Universities such as Monash University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney and Deakin University, and Stanford University (US).

Australasian Workshop on the Econometrics and Health Economics

The 10th Australasian Workshop on the Econometrics and Health Economics, was held on 15-17 April 2019 at Adina Darwin Waterfront, Darwin, organised by Prof Michael Shields and Prof Anthony Scott (Melbourne Institute). This workshop provides a forum for the development and dissemination of applications of econometrics and other quantitative approaches in health economics. There were 32 participants in which 14 topics were presented and discussed from academics representing universities, research organisations and government agencies in Australia, the UK and Europe.

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