Value based approaches to healthcare and health economics

2 Sep 2021 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Health professionals research education program

The University of Newcastle [via Research Advantage] in collaboration with Hunter New England and the Central Coast Local Health District's will deliver the Health Professionals Research Education Program [HPREP].

A series of presentations/seminars have been developed to provide information and practical advice for our Clinician Researchers, Clinicians, Clinician Managers and Conjoint Appointments.

This health specific information session will focus on a conversation and case studies centered around VALUE BASED APPROACHES TO HEALTHCARE and HEALTH ECONOMICS

Join us for a conversation led by Professor John Wiggers that will unpack the Value Based Healthcare environment – what are patients and clinician’s preferences and how can we integrate them into health research and health economics.

Professor Francesco PaolucciNewcastle Business School, College of Human and Social Futures will provide an overview of value-based healthcare, what it means internationally, what it means for NSW health, and what it means for the Value in health economics and policy (VheP) group.

Doctor Laura WallPostdoctoral Research Fellow, Newcastle Business School, College of Human and Social Futures will present a brief overview of preference elicitation/exploration methods followed by an introduction to discrete choice experiments – what they are, why they are useful, in what settings you can use them and what you need in order to do one.

We will then be joined by guest speakers who will each outline a case study:

Professor Zsolt BaloghDirector of Trauma Surgery, John Hunter Hospital and Professor of Surgery, School of Medicine and Public Health, College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing will present the PRETEND project – a feasibility study into placebo trials for surgery – why considering preferences is so important.

Doctor Nick ZdenkowskiMedical Oncologist, Hunter Valley Oncology and Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine and Public Health, College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing will outline how his research has used discrete choice experiments (DCE) to better understand the preferences of cancer patients in a variety of settings.

  • Who: Researchers, Hunter New England (HNE) and Central Coast (CC) Local Health District (LHD) Clinician Researchers, Clinicians and Managers
  • When: Thursday 2 September 2021, 12-1:30PM
  • Where: Online via Zoom

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