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Deputy Director & Director of Consulting

Paula joins OHE from the Centre for Health Economics (CHE), Monash University, Australia. During her time at CHE, Paula worked on public health / policy related research, supervised PhD students including being CHE PhD Program Director, and continued her work on wellbeing measures. She was a standing member of the Economics Sub-Committee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, and in this capacity provided advice on the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of treatments seeking reimbursement on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in Australia.

Paula has over 15 years’ experience working in academia in Australia and the United Kingdom. Her research spans three key areas of health economics: the determinants of health, economic evaluation and outcome measurement. She is currently working in the clinical areas of oncology, including genomic testing; maternal mental health; HIV; and workplace health promotion. During her career Paula has developed expertise in:

  • Econometric analyses of panel data and cross-sectional survey data, including analyses of large linked datasets;
  • Development economics, she has undertaken research in Ghana, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, India, Indonesia and Solomon Islands; 
  • Preference elicitation using discrete choice experiments; and
  • Qualitative analyses of interviews and focus groups. 
Prior to joining Monash in 2010, Paula held a number of lectureship posts in the UK, at the Universities of Nottingham, East Anglia and Glasgow. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and a BSc(Hons) in Economics from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.