Introduction to Health Economics & Evaluation Workshop

Friday 3 November

LocationMayne Medical School
UQ Herston Campus

AdmissionTickets from
236.50 + booking fee

How do you optimise your project’s economic outcomes?

Clinicians, researchers and health sector administrators who are committed to improving patient outcomes and finding better ways to deliver healthcare understand the importance of testing the safety, efficacy and effectiveness of their ideas.

Yet, when you’re seeking support for innovative health sector interventions, decision-makers also want to see objective analyses of the costs and consequences (i.e. benefits) of your proposal.

At this one-day workshop, you’ll learn how economic investment proposals (like grants and business cases) are commonly appraised, and what evaluation panels will be looking for in the data and descriptions you present to them.

Understanding these techniques will help you plan economically robust clinical intervention studies, so your funding applications can clearly express why and what a project needs to proceed.

Tailored for health sector practitioners, this introductory workshop will cover such topics as:

  • Health economics: an overview
  • Costs: concepts, measures and data sources
  • Evaluating health outcomes: concepts, indicators and measures
  • Computing Quality-Adjusted Life-Years (QALYs) and Pre-Scored Health-Related Quality-of-Life (HRQoL) metrics
  • Incremental cost-effectiveness ratios: computation and interpretation
  • Uncertainty in economic evaluation; sensitivity analyses and sample size computations for economic evaluation
  • Comparing the results of economic evaluations across diseases and interventions
  • Designing studies with economic elements
  • Economic evaluation in practice and grant proposals: minimum requirements


CBEH's Acting Director, Professor Connelly, is a health economist with more than 25 years of teaching and research experience in the field. Professor Connelly has consulted extensively with health sector organisations, including private companies, not-for-profit enterprises and government. He is the author of numerous papers on economic evaluation. Professor Connelly also serves as a Member of the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC). As a Chief Investigator he has attracted grant funding of more than $32m in the past ten years.
Professor Gannon is an international expert in the field of health and ageing economics and health econometrics who has won over $20 million in collaborative research income. She is currently an Expert Evaluator for the EU Commission funding applications and was recently a member of the UK National Institute for Health Research RfPB Advisory Committee. Professor Gannon is also a member of the Evaluation Sub-Committee of MSAC.
Dr Sowa has held academic positions with the Australian National University, Griffith University, and The University of Queensland. He has led academic and commissioned research projects in healthcare financing and insurance, hospital governances, disability policy, comparative healthcare systems, and health technology assessment. Dr Sowa is also a member of MSAC ESC.

Workshop program

Morning sessions


Registration and coffee




Introduction to Health Economics

Professor Luke Connelly
Director (Acting), CBEH


Morning tea


Costs: Concepts, measures and data sources

Professor Brenda Gannon


Health outcomes: Concepts, indicators and measures

Professor Luke Connelly

Afternoon sessions




Quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) and pre-scored health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL)

Dr Marcin Sowa
Postdoctoral Fellow, CBEH


Uncertainty and measurement error in economic evaluations

Professor Brenda Gannon


Study design: What to include

Professor Luke Connelly





Royal Brisbane Hospital (Cornerstone Parking) – 325 Herston Road, Herston

The Royal Brisbane Hospital parking facility is located about 500mtrs (6-7 minute walk) to Mayne Medical School and is open 24 hours.

Check their website for rates and availability.

Bramston Terrace Metro Parking – Bramston Terrace, Herston

This paid parking facility is located about 170mtrs (2-3 minute walk) to Mayne Medical School and is open from 6am to midnight.

Check their website for rates and availability.


Buses access the surrounding streets regularly. For further information phone TransLink on 13 12 30, or visit the TransLink website.


The main taxi companies in Brisbane are Black and White Cabs (ph. 13 32 22), or Yellow Cab (ph. 13 19 24).

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Friday 3 November

LocationMayne Medical School
UQ Herston Campus

AdmissionTickets from
236.50 + booking fee

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