MR Chris Schilling



  • Chris Schilling joined the Centre for Health Policy at the University of Melbourne in 2014. He holds Bachelors double degree in Engineering (hons)/Commerce (hons) from the University of Melbourne, and a Masters degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim, Germany. Previously, Chris has been a senior economist at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. During almost 7 years in this role, he developed a number of economic models and completed a range of economic evaluations. These include a long-term health expenditure model for the Ministry of Health, used to assess the impact of models of care changes on projected costs; a microsimulation model of smoking in New Zealand, to understand the cost-effectiveness of various cessation programs; a microsimulation model of New Zealand births, in collaboration with the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal survey, to complete economic evaluations of various early-life interventions; and a microsimulation model of adherence to estimate the costs associated with non-adherence across a range of diseases. Chris' research has been used directly by the Ministry of Health to develop and improve health policy in New Zealand. At the University of Melbourne, Chris is involved in teaching both ‘Health Economics’ and ‘Economic Evaluation’. His research priorities include microsimulation modelling for economic evaluations in health; epidemiology and the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DoHAD) paradigm; and the economics of surgery. Currently Chris is working with St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and the Royal Children’s Hospital on analysis of long-term surgery patient registries.    


Member of

  • Health Services Research Association of Australia & New Zealand (Hsraanz). Current Member 2014 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • Ma SCI, University of Hohenheim 2007
  • BEng(Hons) & BCom(Hons), University of Melbourne 2002

Awards and honors

  • Postgraduate Scholarship, National Health and Medical Research Council, 2015
  • University of Melbourne Wilfred Prest Fellowship, 2006
  • University of Hohenheim Scholarship for Foreign Students, 2006
  • Agricultural Economics Francis J. Wright Exhibition, 1998
  • Ronald Henderson Foundation, 1997