The embedded Economist

START March, 2020
END January, 2022
FUNDER Medical Research Future Fund
VALUE $918,000
PROJECT TEAM Professor Christine Jorm, Dr Donella Piper, Professor Nicholas Goodwin, Professor Rick Iedema, Professor Andrew Searles
CONTACT Dr Donella Piper
PARTNERS NSW Regional Health Partners

The embedded Economist Program has been designed to raise health professionals’ awareness of the benefits of economic evaluation. It aims to upskill them in the principles of health economics, and encourage them to routinely collect economic data. It also urges senior managers to access and use health economic findings when making decisions about their services. Overall the embedded Economist Program hopes to bring about health service practice change where needed, to ensure our local communities have access to timely, effective and sustainable healthcare. The embedded Economist Program is being evaluated to understand the outcomes of embedding an economist within health services and providing specialist economic evaluation education.


Read here for the Publication: Relational aspects of building capacity in economic evaluation in an Australian Primary Health Network using an embedded researcher approach (2022)

Read here for the Publication: “Slow science” for 21st century healthcare: reinventing health service research that serves fast-paced, high-complexity care organisations (2021)

Read here for the program and evaluation protocol (2021)

Click here for the Embedded Economist website