News story 27th Aug 2014

Grant success for health economist

The development of an online tool to assess patient quality of life and wellbeing by a Monash researcher is one of nine research projects Australia-wide to receive funding from a new health research fund.

Professor Anthony Harris from the Centre for Health Economics has received a grant through Medibank's new Health Research Fund (MHRF), which was launched this week.

The new MHRF will focus on the treatment and prevention of serious health conditions that are affecting an increasing number of Australians as part of Medibank's growing commitment to better health outcomes.

The new tool will assist in the routine collection of outcome data by healthcare providers, insurers and fund holders to help improve the allocation of resources in the healthcare sector.

Professor Anthony Harris

Centre for Health Economics

Professor Harris said the grant would allow him to create an online tool to monitor and report the quality of life and wellbeing of participating patients.

"The new tool will assist in the routine collection of outcome data by healthcare providers, insurers and fund holders to help improve the allocation of resources in the healthcare sector," Professor Harris said.

The project is part of a wider research program at the Centre for Health Economics into the measurement of health-related quality of life and wellbeing and its social value, and in particular an extension of the Multi Instrument Comparison (MIC) program initiated by Professor Jeff Richardson, also from the centre.