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Using local health system data, published evidence and stakeholder engagement, cost effectiveness modelling can be used to explore and inform options for improvement, expansion and contraction of health services prior to implementing changes. Professor Jon Karnon will discuss the “Embedded Economist” program, which links economists with health care managers and clinicians to evaluate local health services.
With no shortage of new models of care and the introduction of quality improvement incentives, it is crucial that we know which programs should be kept and which should be discarded. In a constantly evolving healthcare landscape, formative and ongoing embedded evaluations provide a robust way to assess which programs should be broadly implemented, maintained, or ultimately abandoned. Associate Professor Yvonne Zurynski will focus on “Embedded Evaluation” and the value of evaluation to support health program sustainability.
This conversation will be moderated by Professor Henry Cutler, Inaugural director of the Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE) at Macquarie University.
Professor Karnon leads the PCHSS Priority-Setting and Decision-Making in Healthcare Organisations Research Stream. He is a Health Economist at Flinders University, who has been developing and applying methods for the economic evaluation of health technologies and services for almost 25 years.
Yvonne Zurynski co-leads the PCHSS’ Observatory on Health System Sustainability. She is Associate Professor of Health System Sustainability at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University.