Quality-adjusted life years are derived using health state utility weights which adjust for the relative value of living in each health state compared with living in perfect health. Various techniques are used to estimate health state utility weights including time-trade-off and standard gamble. These methods have exhibited limitations in terms of complexity, validity and reliability. A new composite approach using experimental auctions to value health states is introduced in this protocol.
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Tracy Comans has been successful in obtaining a scholarship to attend the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program to be held in Brisbane later this year. These scholarships are designed to support the development of women leaders in Australian industries.
A major report published by the United Nations overnight had the dramatic headline that diabetes cases have increased fourfold over the last 25 years; an astonishing increase put down largely to growing consumption of food and beverages high in sugar.
The UK has recently introduced a soft drink tax designed to reduce rates of childhood obesity. This has been introduced after the success of a similar taxes in Mexico, Hungary, France, Chile, Dominca and the Californian city of Berkely. In Mexico, purchases of taxed drinks have declined over the past two years (up to 12%) with higher reductions (up to 17%) in poorer households.
Australia following the lead of other countries to investigate a sugar tax in the short term has two chances: none and Buckley's and Buckley just left town. In 2013 we sought to investigate the use of taxation to reduce childhood obesity through a grant from the Australian National Preventative Health Agency (ANPHA), the agency whose remit was to research policy around reducing obesity and alcohol and tobacco harm. The purpose of doing this research was to be able to collect evidence in order to provide informed debate on the use of food and drink taxation in health policy in Australia something you might think policy makers would welcome.
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