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Equity considerations in cost-effectiveness analysis

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A seminar series covering trending topics in health economics brought to you by the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, Health Economics Team.

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Health economics evaluation incorporates trade-offs between health gains and equity impacts of health interventions. However, traditional cost effectiveness analysis focus mainly on maximizing health benefits given a willingness to pay, does not provide information about the distributional value of health benefits in a given setting.

The aim of this webinar is to discuss criteria and methods to integrate equity-relevant dimension to CEA and the gaps in knowledge.

Presented by Dr Natalie Carvalho

Dr Natalie Carvalho is Senior Research Fellow in the Health Economics Unit (Centre for Health Policy), at the University of Melbourne (UoM) School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH). Natalie is a prior recipient of the highly competitive UoM McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship which was established to attract outstanding recent doctoral graduates to the University. Her research focuses on methodological advancements for and application of health economic evaluation as one input for decision-making on introduction of new vaccines, among other healthcare interventions, with an emphasis on low- and middle-income country settings. Her research further aims to incorporate equity and budgetary considerations into cost-effectiveness analyses of interventions to improve the evidence base for decision-making on new policies, programs, and technologies.

Natalie's research areas include infectious diseases, immunizations, health inequalities, and maternal and child health. She has conducted impact evaluations and health economic evaluations to inform allocation of resources in resource-poor settings and is currently leading cost-effectiveness studies looking at new vaccine introductions in the Pacific, scabies control in the Pacific, and iron supplementation in Africa and Asia. Natalie received her BSc (Chemistry) from McGill University, MPH (Epidemiology) from Boston University, and PhD in Health Policy (Decision Sciences) from Harvard University.

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This seminar is ideal for health economists, health researchers, PhD students, healthcare professionals, and policy makers.

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