Congratulations to Sanjeewa Kularatna for achieving his PhD. His study produced utility weights for Sri Lanka. It was the first study to produce such weights in the South Asian region. The study used EQ-5D-3L ,a generic preference based instrument and EORTC-8D, a disease specific preference based instrument to define the health states. The utility weights produced will be used to calculate quality adjusted life years. This will facilitate health economic evaluations to support health resource allocations in the country.
Jean Spinks is the recipient of a Griffith University New Researcher Grant. The title of her project is: "Cost-effectiveness of pharmacist-provided influenza vaccination services compared with General Practitioner or Nurse Practitioner services in Australia". Well done Jean.
Dr Tracy Comans was jointly appointed Principal Research Fellow (Assoc Prof) for Metro North Hospital and Health Service District and Menzies Health Institute Qld, Griffith University. Her role will focus on health economics and allied health research. Well done Tracy.
Congratulations to Dr Marcin Sowa who was awarded his PhD. His thesis, titled "Governance of hospitals and accessibility of health care in post-Semashko health care systems", was mainly (but not exclusively) a study of the transformation of the hospital sector that took place in 22 eastern European countries after the fall of communism.