The Value in Health Economics and Policy group is interdisciplinary, cross-faculty, multi-institutional and stakeholder driven. This allows us to effectively and collaboratively research a range of topics with the shared purpose of adding value to people’s health and healthcare systems. As a diverse group our output related to improving health outcomes and efficiency in policy are varied, however they fall broadly into four categories:
We are a group of researchers, consultants, practitioners and industry leaders based at the University of Newcastle, focusing on issues related to decision-making, financing and policy-making in healthcare. In order to create value across the whole system, we need people researching and practicing across many different levels. Therefore, our team not only includes classical (health) economic experts, but also experts from public and allied health, social science, psychology, finance, statistics and more. Our members include staff and students across all faculties of the University and we welcome new members from all faculties and schools. Our membership is also not exclusive to the University of Newcastle and we have both local and global members from other Universities, research institutions and industries. See our members here.
Research and Practice
As a group we identify inefficiencies within the current healthcare
system, by examining the literature and coordinating with healthcare
stakeholders, to provide sustainable, value-based assessments of
health interventions and policies. We investigate not only the costs
and benefits, but also the decision-making processes of all involved;
including healthcare practitioners, patients and policy makers. This
stakeholder engagement is facilitated through the organisation and
development of workshops, seminars, and educational programmes for
both students and external stakeholders, such as members from our
local and nearby health districts. These programmes occur in
conjunction with group driven research projects to improve our
understanding of health related issues and policy implementation.
Teaching and Learning
In addition to workshops and seminars aimed at external stakeholders
we also pride ourselves on our higher degree programs conducted
through the University. VheP has been instrumental in developing the
new suite of Health Economics, Management and Policy degrees, which
will be open for students starting in 2021. These courses provide students with a sound foundational knowledge as well as current, real world and
innovative information so they can become the next leaders in health
economics, management and policy and leave a lasting impact.
VheP has been contributing to the worldwide research efforts to track
and understand the Covid-19 disease and the associated policy and
behavioural responses across numerous countries, with a view to
provide guidance to governments, businesses and the broad community.
We reached an agreement with the Editorial team of the Elsevier
journal Health Policy and Technology to publish a Special issue on the
impact of Covid-19.
We are now proud to present the Covid-19 Special Issue for the Elsevier journal Health Policy and Technology. This issue includes a series of general papers about Covid-19 as well as specific case studies covering the pandemic response in over 25 different countries. This issue was made possible by an incredible international collaborative effort: 80+ researchers representing more than 50 different institutions.