Want a PhD in health economics?
Study with full financial support?
Work part-time and be part of a team conducting leading research?
New PhD scholarships are available under the NHMRC funded Centre for Research Excellence in Value-based payments in cancer care. This CRE is working on improved funding mechanisms that will provide care that is effective and efficient and lead to better outcomes for cancer patients. This work is focussed on bundled payments, that is paying a lump sum for a series of health care services across an episode of care instead of paying a fee for each individual service.
In addition to a full scholarship, up to 20 hours paid work is offered for work to support the CRE in program management and research assistance. The CRE lead investigators comprise researchers at UTS, UNSW and the University of Sydney. The team also includes leading cancer advocates and practitioners across the major cancer agencies. This provides a valuable opportunity for building your professional networks, and your research management skills.
What topics might form a PhD?
The research agenda covers three streams of work:
- Identifying high priority areas for payment reforms: this will involve identifying variation in current patterns of treatment, and exploring how risk adjustment can be applied to limit unintended consequences
- Developing insights into behavioural responses to payment changes: these will investigate how previous changes in policy or technology have led to changes in patient and provider behaviour, or could use stated preference techniques to explore behaviour
- The development of micro simulation models to predict the impact of proposed changes: these models will need to incorporate behavioural insights into the analysis of current patterns of care and the distribution of costs
Students will have the freedom to develop their own topic within the overall research program