Kim Edmunds

Kim Edmunds
Research Program:

What are your research interests?

  • Exercise and the impact on health and wellbeing: my PhD research examines the impact of exercise on managing the adverse effects of androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer survivors
  • Application of economic analysis to Indigenous health and wellbeing: economic evaluation of a maternal child health intervention in northern Queensland
  • Application of economic analysis to address social exclusion: cost benefit analysis of community programs that support the needs of at-risk youth 
  • Valuation of wellbeing in cost benefit analysis

Why did you get into research?

From my undergraduate days, working on vacation projects in South America, conducting research in remote Aboriginal communities and collaborating on health and education-based projects in China and Indonesia, I recognised the potential for research to contribute to change.

My work experiences have led to an ongoing appreciation of the importance of evaluation, the value of collaboration, and a desire to see translation of the outcomes of my research. My role in health research economics is about contributing to the translation of research outcomes and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our healthcare system.

What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

The aim of my research is to provide evidence from rigorous economic evaluation to enable effective use of resources. The application of health research economics is relevant to all stakeholders from researchers to funding agencies and governments, taxpayers, and the recipients of interventions and new technologies. The ultimate goal of my research would be to contribute to research translation, a more efficient and effective healthcare system and consequent improvements in health and wellbeing.

Biography

From the time Kim graduated from her Honours degree, she was employed in academia in education and the social sciences, teaching and conducting research. These roles saw her work for extended periods in Aboriginal communities in the northwest of Australia and in Wuhan, Xian and Beijing in China, where her long-held interest in holistic health and medicine grew.

These collaborations, which involved the development of health and social programs, as well as education programs for medical students, led to subsequent work with international students and a Masters in Social Change and Development. Her Masters research involved evaluating the impact of international higher education programs, which led to collaborations with AusAID and higher education institutions in Indonesia and the development of further evaluation frameworks for a number of health and social programs in Australia.

Her PhD research involves the application of health economics to clinical trials, and empowering researchers to better translate outcomes from their research into everyday use, contributing to improvements the efficiency and effectiveness of our healthcare system. 

Specialised / Technical Skills

  • Cost study
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Program evaluation
  • Process and impact assessment
  • Questionnaire design
  • Cross cultural collaboration

Affiliations

  • UoN conjoint
  • ECU Exercise Medicine Research Institute
  • Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA)