About

I’m the Director and Taylor Family Chair of the Centre for the Business and Economics of Health at The University of Queensland. I’m also a senior scientist at the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning at Dalhousie University, Canada. I am the inaugural Taylor Family Chair for the Centre, with this position supported by the generous donation of Paul Taylor and his family.

My research focuses on health economics and I’ve had the opportunity to pioneer new methods in this field, particularly to promote equity in health care through the allocation of health care funding and workforce planning based on population needs. This includes planning for future care and a critical review of the effectiveness of existing programs and policies. This is crucially important in a world where healthcare needs, technologies and models of care are continually evolving. My collaboration with partner organisations assists them to deliver efficient and effective healthcare for all members of the community.

Research interests

Integrated health care planning: models of health care expenditure, workforce and services that are based on population needs.

Economics of oral health and health care: healthcare policies, costs and resource allocation within dental prevention and treatment.

Systems impacts of health policies: modelling and evaluation of health policies impact on the broader healthcare system.

Research impact

My work has directly impacted health policy and planning through roles with the World Health Organization and World Bank. I’ve served on expert panels and advisory councils for health departments across Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. I value working in partnership to ensure research is attuned to practical challenges faced within the sector and enjoy finding potential solutions developed collaboratively to create practical and sustainable change.

I have published more than 300 academic papers, 21 book chapters and presented at numerous international conferences.

Featured projects

Project titleFunding amountDuration
Communication training for mental health professionals to improve mental health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
NHMRC Ideas grant
$2.8m2022 - 2026
Incorporating the gains from healthy ageing into health system planning
ARC Discovery Project
~$300k2022 - 2025
Child Dental Benefit Policies and the Health of Australian Children
ARC Discovery Project
~$250k2020 - 2023
Clinical Yarning: Improving communication and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with chronic pain
Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners
~$250k2020 - 2021
ARC Training Centre for Innovation in Biomedical Imaging Technology
Australian Research Council
$5m2018 - 2023

Contact

To discuss my research and opportunities to collaborate, you can get in touch with me via email.