Title of Project
Inequalities in costs associated with cancer: the potential of administrative data
Name of Advisor/s
Dr Emily Callander
College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Science; Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine
Summary of Project
The opportunity to access administrative data and link different datasets from multiple sources has created a unique opportunity within academia to track patient journeys through the healthcare system - without ever having to contact or recruit patients. By linking Admitted Patient Hospital records with Medical Benefit Schedule and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme records for individuals diagnosed with cancer, a model of patient healthcare use and the associated costs can be created. To date, any estimation of costs associated with cancer has utilized aggregated data and averaged health service use and none have utilized individual level data, which allows inequalities in costs to be identified.
Cancer, Health Economics, Inequalities, Social Determinants of Health
Would suit an applicant who
Has basic experience with statistical analysis or quantitative research, and an interest in developing a specialization in health economics.