I am a Senior Research Fellow and member of the Evolve Health Health Workforce Optimisation Program at The University of Queensland’s Centre for the Business and Economics of Health (CBEH) This program is part of the seven strategic Health Research Accelerator (HERA) initiatives announced by UQ in 2022, with the aim of redefining the future of work in the Australian healthcare sector.

As a health economist, I apply economic thinking and methodologies across a range of challenges in primary care. This includes needs-based health workforce planning, culturally appropriate and accessible care, quality improvement and digital innovation. A key research focus is improving medicines safety in primary care – one of the Australian Government’s ten health priority areas.

Research interests

Primary care workforce models: Innovative primary care models to improve health workforce accessibility, efficiency and effectiveness.

Preferences for primary care delivery: Consumer and health care provider preferences.

Medicines safety: The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of medicines safety services in primary care.

Research impact

I’m currently co-leading a Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) project, ‘Activating pharmacists to reduce medication-related problems: The ACTMed stepped wedge randomised controlled trial’, which is testing a model of integrating pharmacists in general practice within a quality improvement framework. This is being undertaken with partner organisations the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Brisbane South PHN, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the Australian Digital Health Agency, The Pharmacy Guild of Australia and MedAdvisor.

I am also a current member of the Economics Sub Committee (ESC) of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC), providing technical expertise on clinical and economic evaluations of medicines submitted to the PBAC for listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.


To find out how we can collaborate and bring value to your organisation, I can be contacted via:
 Email - j.spinks@uq.edu.au
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