Our projects

Our projects

Translating applied research into actionable outcomes​

We undertake research funded by competitive academic grants, and research funded by government and non-government organisations. Our purpose is to inform public debate, assist decision-making, and help formulate strategy and policy. Our research focus areas include:

  • Integrated care
  • Mental health care
  • Health technology
  • Aged care
  • Disability care

We are also concentrating our research efforts across system wide functions, such as competition, workforce, funding models, and performance frameworks within health and human services sectors.

Current and recent projects

Our team of researchers bring diverse health economic industry experience to any project undertaken.  Please see below some of our current and recent projects. ​​While MUCHE is relatively new, we have either already undertaken, or in the process of completing, a number of projects for government and non-government organisations.

Government projects

Project title Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC)
Organisation Department of Health
Description MUCHE was selected to evaluate PBAC submissions made by pharmaceutical companies on behalf of the Commonwealth Government. This involves critiquing at least 6 economic evaluations of drugs and vaccines each year, and making recommendations to PBAC on whether the economic evaluation results stand up to scrutiny.
ProgressOngoing
Project title Private purchasing for NSW Health: Analysis of Hospital in the Home (HITH) purchasing options
Organisation NSW Ministry of Health
Description MUCHE was selected to evaluate and make recommendations on the potential to expose NSW HITH services to commissioning and contestability. This included wide consultation with LHD executives, government organisations and PHN executives, and framing responses within an established commissioning and contestability framework.
Note: This project was completed in collaboration with the Centre for International Economics.
ProgressCompleted
Project title Assessing choice for public hospital patients
Organisation Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Macquarie University
Description MUCHE was selected to evaluate SoundScouts, a game developed by the National Acoustics Laboratory and CMee4 productions to test hearing loss in children prior to entering school. This includes a program and process evaluation and developing detailed Marcov modelling to estimate the potential economic benefit from picking up and managing hearing loss in children from an early age.
ProgressOngoing
Project title Economic evaluation of Outcomes Based Care for Vulnerable Older People
Organisation Central Coast Local Health District
Description MUCHE was selected to undertake an evaluation of an Outcomes based care integrated program for vulnerable older people with chronic diseases aimed at reducing hospital readmission.  This involves developing the methodology for the process and economic evaluation of the program and meeting with the relevant stakeholders to determine the factors that influence those commissioning and providing integrated care services that improve health outcomes for elderly patients.
ProgressOngoing

Non-Government projects

Project title Economic evaluation of LifeSpan, a suicide prevention program
Organisation Black Dog Institute
Description MUCHE was selected to undertake a multi year, multi-site economic evaluation of LifeSpan, a $15 million suicide prevention program being implemented in NSW by the Black Dog Institute. This includes developing the economic evaluation methodology, constructing data collection questionnaires, undertaking analysis of large linked government datasets and reporting.
ProgressOngoing
Project title Cost effectiveness analysis of SoundScouts
Organisation CMee4 Productions and Ministry of Health
Description MUCHE was selected to evaluate SoundScouts, a game developed by the National Acoustics Laboratory and CMee4 productions to test hearing loss in children prior to entering school. This includes a program and process evaluation and developing detailed Marcov modelling to estimate the potential economic benefit from picking up and managing hearing loss in children from an early age.
ProgressOngoing
Project title An economic framework to inform drug scheduling
Organisation Australian Self Medication Industry
Description MUCHE was selected to develop an economic evaluation framework that can be applied to decisions regarding the scheduling of drugs from prescription only (Schedule 4) to behind the counter pharmacy only (Schedule 3). The economic evaluation has been applied to two case studies, including the potential rescheduling of triptanes (a drug for migraines) and oral contraception.
ProgressOngoing

Competitive grants

  • Digital Health CRC
  • Cost effectiveness of an E-stuttering clinic

Expert panels

MUCHE is a member of a number of expert reference panels for government and NGOs:

  • Aged Care - Department of Social Services
  • Data Analytics - Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
  • Ezetimibe - Department of Health
  • Health Economics - Department of Health
  • National Health Performance Authority
  • Program Evaluation - Beyond Blue
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