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Health Economics: Introduction & Library Resources

Guide Scope

This guide is a starting point for clinical staff interested in health economics.  It provides access to online resources and collections for this discipline and related areas of study.

This guide will link to resources for information in the following areas  -

  • Health economic evaluation
  • Health economics
  • Health services research
  • Health care financing
  • Health policy

What is health economics?

With unlimited needs, yet scare resources, health economics is concerned with the distribution of these resources (e.g. capital, labour, material, time). Choices have to be made about what needs are most important and where resources should be distributed.​

Professional Links

Australian Health Economics Society

International Health Economics Society

CREST (Cancer Research Economics Support Team)

IHPA (Independent Hospital Pricing Authority)

Health Services Research Association Au.NZ

York Health Economics Consortium (UK)


Scholarly Papers


Pereira-Salgado A, Watts JJ. Should there be an MBS item number for advance care planning? The Medical Journal of Australia. 2017 May 15;206(9):412.

Brusco NK, Taylor NF, Watts JJ, Shields N. Economic evaluation of adult rehabilitation: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials in a variety of settings. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation. 2014 Jan 31;95(1):94-116.

Brusco NK, Watts JJ, Shields N, Taylor NF. Are weekend inpatient rehabilitation services value for money? An economic evaluation alongside a randomized controlled trial with a 30 day follow up. BMC medicine. 2014 May 29;12(1):89.



Husereau Don, et al. Consolidated Health Economic Evaluation Reporting Standards (CHEERS) statement BMJ 2013; 346 :f1049

Husereau D, Drummond M, Petrou S, Carswell C, Moher D, Greenberg D, Augustovski F, Briggs AH, Mauskopf J, Loder E, ISPOR Health Economic Evaluation Publication Guidelines-CHEERS Good Reporting Practices Task Force. Consolidated health economic evaluation reporting standards (CHEERS)—explanation and elaboration: a report of the ISPOR health economic evaluation publication guidelines good reporting practices task force. Value in Health. 2013 Apr 30;16(2):231-50.

Johnson RF, Lancsar E, Marshall D, Kilambi V, Mühlbacher A, Regier DA, et al. Constructing Experimental Designs for Discrete-Choice Experiments: Report of the ISPOR Conjoint Analysis Experimental Design Good Research Practices Task Force. Value in health. 2013;16. doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2012.08.2223.

Bridges JFP, Hauber AB, Marshall D, Lloyd A, Prosser LA, Regier DA, et al. Conjoint analysis applications in health–a checklist: a report of the ISPOR Good Research Practices for Conjoint Analysis Task Force. Value in health 2011;14. doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2010.11.013.