Rod Ling

Rod Ling
Research Program:

Research Interests

  • Improving Mental Health in the Workplace: We are working with mental health professionals to estimate the costs of mental health problems and consequences in workplaces, particularly in mining and construction.
  • Better Care for Residents of Aged Care Facilities: We are costing programs to make the use of resources more efficient and less stressful for people requiring medical attention in registered aged care facilities.
  • Reducing Bone Fractures Among Over 50s: We have costed services to over 50s to combat osteoporosis and reduce the numbers of re-fractures
  • Improving Bio-Banking: with the NSW Cancer Institute, we are currently costing prosposed programs to certify bio-banks in NSW, so as to guarantee the standards and supply of appropriate tissue samples
  • Supporting Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing: we have predicted the effectiveness of proposed policies to discourage risky alcohol consumption among Australia Aboriginals; and costed programs to support at risk Aboriginal youth.
  • Supporting Accreditation of Overseas Trained Doctors: we have costed a program of work based assessment for overseas trained doctors to gain licenses to practice in Australia, addressing the shortage of doctors, particularly in regional and remote areas.

Why did you get into research?

I started in research out of a desire to pursue new knowledge, researching in government and then in various social science roles. I arrived in health research through circumstance. It has been the most satisfying area, as all projects are conducted solely for public benefit. 

What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

To improve knowledge, methods and approaches on how to use public health resources effectively.


Rod completed his Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) at the University of Newcastle.  After completion, Rod worked as a research officer both in the South Australian Public Service and for Monash University administration. After completing his PhD (Sociology) at Monash, he continued at that university, first as an administrator for the human research ethics committee, and then as a tutor, lecturer and research assistant.

In 2009 and 2010 Rod worked as research assistant at the University of Manchester in the Institute of Social Change.  He returned to Newcastle for one year at the Hunter Valley Research Foundation before starting at HMRI in 2012. His current health economics research on mental health in the construction and mining industries has bought together his knowledge of workplace organization, job design, economics and health costing.

Specialised/Technical Skills

  • Micro-Cost Modelling
  • Questionnaire design
  • VBA programming in EXCEL
  • Econometrics
  • Report and publications writing