Health Economics (Pharmacoeconomics, and Health Technology Assessment)
Prevention Medicine (Pharmacoepidemiology)
Pharmaceuticals (Access to health care, international comparisons of drug prices, rational use, availablity and affordability)
I trained as a Pharmacist before completing a Master in Public Health at the University of Eastern Finland. My PhD was awarded by Monash University. In March 2011, I was appointed as Research Fellow at the Melbourne EpiCentre, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne.
My research interests primarily involve the development of epidemiological and economic models.I specialise in the application of decision analytic modelling techniques as a framework for health economic evaluations of chronic disease (e.g. decision trees, cohort Markov models, and microsimulation), and their application to inform healthcare policy makers.
My expertise also involves investigating the economic burden of chronic disease by applying different regression models to ascertain the impact of risk factors and outcomes, and to explore the causes of any difference in terms of the direct impact on healthcare expenditures. My research interests also include access to health care in primary care and community-based mental health settings and the availability and affordability of healthcare resources.
I am also involved in the university’s undergraduate and graduate teaching programme, and I co-supervise two PhD students, in the field of health service and outcome research.
- Early Career Researcher (ECR) grant, University of Melbourne, "determining the cost-effectiveness of screening for, and treatment of, Familial Hypercholesterolemia in Australia".
- CIE - Project grant (NHMRC) "evaluate clinic and ambulatory blood pressure on cardiovascular risk and outcomes"
Education and training
Monash University 2011
University of Kuopio 2006
University of Tirana 2003
Awards and honors
NHMRC Project Grant,
University of Melbourne Ealry Career Research Grant,
For outstanding support of fellow research students during doctoral candidature, Outstanding Support of Peers Award, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University,
Available for supervision
- Comparison of Long-term Outcomes and Cost Effectiveness of Coronary Bypass Surgery versus Percutaneous Coronary Interventions in the Australian context.
Supervisors: Reid, C (Main), Ademi, Z (Associate),
Billah, B (Associate), Rosenfeldt, F (Associate).
- Epidemiological modelling of chronic disease-particularly cardio-vascular disease and its economic implications.
Supervisors: Reid, C (Main), Krum, H (Associate), Ademi, Z (Associate).