Cost-effectiveness of point-of-care tests for infectious diseases in the Asia-Pacific

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The diagnosis of infectious diseases is often unavailable or inaccessible because of the placement of diagnostic tests in centralised laboratories. Recent technological advances have generated new diagnostic options for diseases of global importance that can be implemented at the point of care. Despite having technical accuracy, the scale-up of these technologies faces uncertain pathways, multiple barriers and costs. This project will use health economics and mathematical modelling to predict cost-effectiveness of scaling-up new point-of-care tests for infectious diseases in remote Australia and the Asia-Pacific. This information will fill a major knowledge gap that currently impedes translation into policy and practice.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

• Hold a first-class honours or research master’s degree (or equivalent) in economics, mathematics, epidemiology or a similar quantitative field
• Excellent quantitative skills
• Experience using software for to support economic and mathematical modelling
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Understanding of infectious disease epidemiology
• Understanding of the principles of health economics
• Interest in the application of new technologies to health care
• Desire to apply mathematical, economic, and quantitative analyses to make a difference, inform policy, and improve global health.
Supervisory team
Richard
GRay

Medicine
The Kirby Institute
Virginia
Wiseman

Medicine
The Kirby Institute
Tanya
Applegate

Medicine
The Kirby Institute
Rgray@kirby.unsw.edu.au