Serena joined CHERE in 2015 as a Senior Research Fellow. For six years prior to this, Serena worked as a Senior Research Analyst at the Workplace Research Centre at the University of Sydney, where she worked extensively with government and not-for-profit organisations, most recently on the evaluation of public policy interventions. Serena specialises in microeconometric research methods, and her research interests include health and labour economics, public policy, and the intersection of these areas with issues of ageing. At CHERE, Serena is working extensively on evaluation projects, and with the NSW data-linkage system, primarily the 45 and Up Study. Her Phd thesis, entitled ‘Retiree welfare in Australia’, examined the individual welfare of retirees in response to the economic crisis and a large, once-off increase in the Age Pension. She received the Walter Noel Gillies Prize for Best Phd Thesis in Economics at the University of Sydney.
Can supervise: YES
Abiona, O, Yu, S, Woods, M & Van Gool, K 2020, 'Accommodation payment plans in residential aged care: The impact of consumer choice', Australasian Journal on Ageing, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. e103-e109.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Kirby, S, Edwards, K, Yu, S, van Gool, K, Powell-Davies, G, Harris-Roxas, B, Gresham, E, Harris, M & Hall, J 2020, 'Improving outcomes for marginalised rural families through an care navigator program', Health Promotion Journal of Australia.View/Download from: Publisher's site
ISSUES ADDRESSED:Health promotion programs are based on the premise that health and well-being is impacted by a person's living circumstances, not just factors within the health arena. Chronic health issues require integrated services from health and social services. Navigator positions are effective in assisting chronic disease patients to access services. This family program in a small rural town in Western New South Wales targeted marginalised families with children under five years of age with a chronic health issue. The navigator developed a cross sectoral care plan to provide services to address family issues. The study aimed to identify navigator factors supporting improved family outcomes. METHODS:Participants included parent/clients (n=4) and the cross sectoral professional team (n=9) involved in the program. During the interview, participants were asked about their perspective of the program. Interview transcripts were thematically analysed informed by the Chronic Care Model underpinned by Health Promotion Theory. RESULTS:The program improved client family's lives in relation to children's health and other family health and social issues. Trust in the care navigator was the most important factor for parents to join engage with the program. The care navigator role was essential to maintaining client engagement and supporting cooperation between services to support families. CONCLUSION:Essential care navigator skills were commitment, ability to persuade and empower parents and other professionals. SO WHAT?: This descriptive study demonstrated the positive influence of the care navigator and the program on high risk families in a small isolated community. It can be adopted by other community to improve life for families at risk.
Scarf, V, Yu, S, Foureur, M, Viney, R, Dahlen, H, Lavis, L & Homer, C 2020, 'The cost of vaginal birth at home, in a birth centre or in a hospital setting in New South Wales: A micro-costing study', Women and Birth.View/Download from: Publisher's site
© 2019, Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association (ALERA), SAGE Publications Ltd, Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC. In 2018, the Australian labour market continued to see only very moderate wages growth despite strong employment growth and low unemployment. This remains an international phenomenon with underlying economic and legal structural causes. Employment growth was concentrated in part-time jobs for both males and females, and in both manufacturing and white-collar industries. The Fair Work Commission increased the National Minimum Wage by 3.5%, a higher percentage increase than previous years but one that reflected higher growth in average earnings and inflation. The climate surrounding agreement making was less febrile than in recent years, with fewer high-profile attempts to terminate existing enterprise agreements. However, collective bargaining coverage in the private sector continues to decline to historic lows. Changes to skilled migration were the most significant shift in labour market policy in 2018, with a significant reduction in the number of permanent skilled migrants and a new temporary skilled migrant visa category with much stricter eligibility requirements. If sustained, this reduction may contribute to increasing pressure on wages in the years to come.
Yu, S & Peetz, D 2019, 'Nonstandard time wage premiums and employment effects: Evidence from an Australian natural experiment', British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 33-61.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Yu, S, Van Gool, K, Hall, J & Fiebig, D 2019, 'Physician pricing behavior: Evidence from an Australian experiment', Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 161, pp. 20-34.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Scarf, VL, Viney, R, Yu, S, Foureur, M, Rossiter, C, Dahlen, H, Thornton, C, Cheah, SL & Homer, CSE 2019, 'Mapping the trajectories for women and their babies from births planned at home, in a birth centre or in a hospital in New South Wales, Australia, between 2000 and 2012', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol. 19, no. 1.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Yu, S, van Gool, K, Kirby, S, Gardner, K, Robinson, L, Linehan, T, Harris, MF & Hall, J 2018, 'The business of integrated care: implementing new models of care in a fee-for-service setting', Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 16-28.View/Download from: Publisher's site
The welfare effects from the 2009 increase in the age pension are
evaluated using a quasi-experimental, difference-in-difference
regression framework. Using microdata to exploit the exogenous
and large increase in the single-person pension rate, the research
finds significant improvements in the material welfare of single age
pensioners. In particular, non-housing and total consumption rose
by 7 per cent and 4 per cent, respectively. The effects were amplified
among the poorest retirees. The study extends the literature on the
welfare benefits of pension programs, and provides evidence that the
policy changes were highly effective in lifting the material welfare
of the targeted beneficiaries.
What does it mean to have good work–life balance? Public debate has grown around the importance of work–life balance in contributing to quality of life, yet the debate remains quite narrowly conceived. In particular, 'work' is conceived as negative, especially long hours, and 'life' is centred around (typically women's) caring responsibilities, especially childcare. However, a number of studies have challenged these dichotomies and suggested that work–life balance is influenced by other variables. Using Australia at Work survey data on over 4000 individuals, this study considers the factors that determine satisfaction with work–life balance. An ordered probit framework is used to take advantage of a data set that is rich in variables capturing objective and subjective measures of the labour contract and workplace characteristics. The results show that while long hours and caring responsibilities do indeed affect work–life balance outcomes, the presence of job insecurity and work intensification have measurably larger effects. The implications of the analysis are that wider interpretations of work–life balance are needed, which move beyond seeing work–life balance as an issue only of relevance to women with childcaring responsibilities and focus on a broader job quality agenda.
Abiona, O, Van Gool, K, Hall, J, Haywood, P, Yu, S & Fiebig, D 2019, 'Provider Responses to Insurance Benefit Restrictions: The Case of Ophthalmology', Emerging Health Policy Conference, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney.
Abiona, O, Van Gool, K, Hall, J, Haywood, P, Yu, S & Fiebig, D 2019, 'Provider responses to insurance benefit restrictions: The case of ophthalmology', 41st Annual Australian Health Economics Society (AHES) Conference, Melbourne.
Yu, S, Fiebig, DG, Viney, R, Scarf, V & Homer, C 2019, 'Private Provider Incentives in Health Care: The Case of Birth Interventions', iHEA 2019 Congress: New Heights in Health Economics, Basel, Switzerland.
Wright, MC, Hall, J, Haas, M, Van Gool, K & Yu, S 2018, 'The relationship between continuity of care and cervical cancer screening', 40th Annual Australian Health Economics Society Conference, Hobart.
Fiebig, D, Van Gool, K, Hall, J & Yu, S 2017, 'Provider moral hazard and insurance eligibility: The case of Australia's Medicare safety net program [Conference Presentation]', iHEA Boston World Congress, Boston, USA.
Abiona, O, Woods, M, Van Gool, K & Yu, S CHERE, UTS 2018, Post-Reform Accommodation Payments in Australia's Residential Aged Care: Review of Impact on Aged Care Guild Members and Their Facilities. Report to the Aged Care Guild, Sydney.
Yu, S & Glozier, N NSW Government 2017, Mentally healthy workplaces: A return-on-investment study, Sydney.
Van Gool, K, Woods, M, Hall, J, Haas, M & Yu, S CHERE 2015, Sustainability, efficiency and equity in health care: The role of funding arrangements in Australia. A report by the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation for the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), Sydney.
Van Gool, K, Woods, M, Hall, J, Haas, M, Yu, S & Wright, M CHERE 2015, Primary Health Networks as a disruptive force for positive change: A report by the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation for the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), Sydney.
Wheelahan, L, Buchanan, J & Yu, S National Centre for Vocational Education Research 2015, Linking qualifications and the labour market through capabilities and vocational streams, Canberra.
Yu, S Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association 2015, Evaluating the impact of Sunday penalty rates in the NSW retail industry.
Wheelahan, L & Buchanan, J National Centre for Vocational Education Research Linking qualifications and the labour market through capabilities and vocational streams.