Message from the Director

We are delighted that the Centre team has been able to return to our offices in Caulfield in 2021, in time for our 30th anniversary, after so much of 2020 was spent apart.

Although most people were able to adapt very well to working from home, there are enormous advantages in being able to meet face to face and see each other over lunch or a chat in the corridor, and we are grateful to have these opportunities again.

Thanks to David Johnston and Michael Shields we were even able to resume our annual face to face mental wellbeing workshop in Hepburn Springs in April. We have continued our online seminar series with excellent international speakers and a high level of participation, a great online workshop on Variations in Healthcare, and have even managed to have some on-campus guest speakers.

Our research has thrived and our research students have remained active and successful. The PhD program is going from strength to strength, with 18 students at the start of 2021, four graduations in the past year and a number of new Australian and international students accepted. Unfortunately, some of those international students will have to wait for the borders to open before they can join us, but we are doing what we can to support them and have been able to enrol them to commence coursework online.

We have continued to develop our research programs, publish in leading journals (focused in the last six months on the economics of mental health and wellbeing, risky behaviours, the natural environment and the evaluation of health policy), and collaborate with partners to produce research with impact for the wider community. We have been awarded a number of major grants and contracts in mental health modelling, plus some novel areas of collaboration with partners in the area of blood and cancer research.

We are proud of the achievements of everyone at the CHE, not least the recognition of the talent and contributions of Michael Shields who was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science, and Rohan Sweeney who was awarded an ARC DECRA this year.

We are currently recruiting four new researchers and looking forward to some exciting new projects in disability, cancer and climate change.

Professor Anthony Harris
Director, Centre for Health Economics