With more than $100 billion spent in the Australian health sector each year, Health Economics is an increasingly important field of research used to inform policy makers on how best to spend the health dollar to improve services and health outcomes.
Established at the University of South Australia in 2007, the Health Economics and Social Policy Group (HESPG) conducts research on how to effectively allocate resources to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.
Under the leadership of Professor Leonie Segal, the HESPG works closely with State government agencies, including health, education and children's services, child and adolescent mental health services, Departments of Families and Communities, and Premier and Cabinet, to enhance health economics informed decision making, increase health economics capacity in South Australia, and improve the health of the community.
Professor Segal is a leading health economist in the areas of health system reform, priority setting and the evaluation of complex health policy initiatives. Professor Segal has an enviable reputation in evidence-policy translational research, reflected in her membership on important policy committees including the Minister's Prevention Health Task Force.
The group's research involves developing health economics research methods, applying health economics to important issues affecting health and wellbeing, and supporting the adoption of economics-informed policy and practice. Thematically, our research falls into five categories:
- Improving chronic disease outcomes for Indigenous Australians and disadvantaged communities
- Where to invest to reduce child maltreatment and associated harms
- Delivering best practice in community mental health care and prevention
- Health care workforce planning
- Nutrition and other therapies as allies of public health and wellbeing
To find out more about our current work, visit the Current Projects page.
To access our publications and conference presentations, visit the Publications and Presentations page.