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Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation
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CHERE is the lead institution in a Centre of Research Excellence funded by the Australian Primary Health Care Institute (APHCRI). Other partners are the University of NSW and the Australian National University.
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CREST is the health economics national technical service established at CHERE and funded by Cancer Australia to develop resources to assist the Cancer Collaborative Clinical Trials Groups in the incorporation of health and pharmaco-economic analyses into trial protocols, as well as to build capacity for health economics.
Health Technology Assessment

Health Technology Assessment

The Economic Evaluation team at CHERE has expertise in undertaking economic evaluations of new health technologies and programs. It undertakes commissioned research for a range of agency, and also conducts rigorous evaluations of submissions and applications being considered by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC).
Not having someone at home to notice when you are unwell makes you more likely to need care in hospital. Reducing isolation and increasing support will improve life for older singles but also put fewer demands on the health system, say CHERE researchers.
Whenever you see your family GP, visit a physiotherapist, or make a trip to the pharmacy, you have accessed a primary health care service. Defined as the first level of contact an individual has with the health care system, there is no doubt about the crucial role primary health care plays in society.
The REFinE-PHC team has published two working papers: Bleeding hearts, profiteers,or both: specialist fees in an unregulated market - this study demonstrates that in an unregulated fee-setting environment, specialist physicians practice price discrimination on the basis of their patients’ income status. Does living alone confer a higher risk of hospitalisation? This Working Paper uses a two-part model to examine the relationship between living alone and hospitalisations in Australia in terms of both the likelihood and the length of hospitalisation.
In his 2013 election campaign, Tony Abbott promised his government would build a world-class “five pillar economy”, encompassing manufacturing, agriculture, services, education and mining. On the eve of his government’s second budget, Michael Woods argues that health should have been one of those pillars.