The Health Research Economics (HRE) group has been established to: foster the integration of economic principles and techniques into health research; build regional capacity and expertise in health research economics; and conduct original research of relevance to the field of health economics.

The HRE team aims to be an internationally respected centre in applied health economics that promotes efficient, equitable and affordable health care by focusing on translational research.

The HMRI HRE Unit offers all medical researchers and PhD students free initial consultations to discuss your grant proposal.

Skills available to researchers

  • Applying economic principles to the evaluation of health research and health services.
  • Advice, design and implementation of a range of economic evaluations.
  • These evaluations include cost studies, cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit modelling.
  • The Economics groups can also advise on techniques to measure research impact, including the use of HMRI’s Framework to Assess the Impact from Translational health research (FAIT)
  • The Economics group can assist with funding applications to the Commonwealth Government’s Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). Specifically, the economists can complete the economic model required by all CRC applications, known as the Impact Tool.
  • Estimation of budget line items for economic support in your grant application.

Health Research Economics (HRE)

Andrew Searles

Professor Andrew Searles

Associate Director: Health Research Economics
Michelle Gillam - HMRI

Michelle Gillam

Business Administration Manager
Penny Reeves

Penny Reeves

Health Research Economics Lead
Shanthi Ramanathan

Shanthi Ramanathan

Health Research Economics Impact Assessment Specialist
Simon Deeming

Simon Deeming

Health Research Economist
Kenny Lawson

Associate Professor Kenny Lawson

Health Research Economist
Rod Ling

Rod Ling

Health Research Economist
Zoe Szewczyk

Zoe Szewczyk

Health Research Economist
Shefi Dsilva

Shefi D'Silva

Health Research Economist
Felicity Robb

Felicity Robb

Health Research Economics - Research Assistant
*Indicates a compulsory field