PhD Projects with CAHE

The Centre for Applied Health Economics at Griffith University is conducting research on a variety of topics, some of which have potential for PhD projects. Below  are some examples of such projects.

If you are interested in doing a PhD with us please complete the checklist and send the required documents to us at contact us.

Assessing the quality of life in children

Skills Required:

Basic literature reviewing skills, moderate statistical competence; Suitable for psychology or economics background.  

Brief Description:

The CHU-9D is a multi-attribute utility instrument that is being used to assess quality of life in a sample of 5 year olds.  Predictors for child QoL can be estimated which may include a range of socio-demographic factors and health outcomes that have been concurrently collected.  

Supervisor:

Professor Paul Scuffham  
     

Generating a preference based meausre for use in economic evaluation in Australia

Skills Required:

Literature reviewing skills, strong statistical competence or willingness to learn; Suitable for health economics background.  

Brief Description:

The DEMQOL and QOL-AD are two commonly used measures of quality of life in dementia.  Generating a preference based measure from the DEMQOL and/or QOL-AD for use in economic evaluation in Australia is needed. This project aims to develop Australian specific weights.  

Supervisor:

Dr Tracy Comans  
     

Examining the Australian healthcare system to determine whether orthopaedic services are delivered in an efficient way by private and public providers

Skills Required:

Quantitative research interests; Suitable for allied health or health economics background.

Brief Description:

The Australian health care system is mixed with private and public providers of services. This research aims to examine the Australian health care system to determine whether orthopaedic services are delivered in an efficient way by private and public providers.

Supervisor:

Dr Tracy Comans
   

Creating a database of published utility values for Economic Modelling

Skills Required:

Quantitative research interests; Suitable for public health or health economics, economics, finance background.  

Brief Description:

Economic modelling relies upon utility measurements often sourced from the literature. However, convenient or select searches for appropriate utility instruments are often utilised which may result in biased estimates of the true benefits of health interventions. This research project will look to create a database of published utility values in a format that will be able to searched by country, condition and treatment. In addition a large national survey will be conducted to collect population utility values by disease.  

Supervisor:

Dr Josh Byrnes  
     

Utilising existing linked databases to map Australian health care utilisation for common chronic diseases

Skills Required:

Quantitative research interests; Suitable for public health or health economics, economics, finance background.  

Brief Description:

Economic modelling relies upon estimating health care utilisation often obtained in consultation with clinical experts and with reference to national or international treatment guidelines. However, both of these approaches may be largely biased with little or no validation of estimates. This research project will look to utilise existing linked databases including the 45 and up survey to map health care utilisation for Australians for common chronic diseases.  

Supervisor:

Dr Josh Byrnes  
     

 

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