St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne


The Health Economics Unit works with Professor Peter Choong and his team at the Department of Surgery, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, to improve the cost-effectiveness of orthopaedic surgery. Current research themes include identifying the predictors of cost-effectiveness in total knee and hip arthroplasty, and the quality of life trajectories of patients in the absence of surgery.


Prof Philip Clarke

Prof Peter Choong

Dr Michelle Dowsey

Chris Schilling


Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial of Surgical Skin Preparation for the Prevention of Superficial Wound Complications in Prosthetic Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery – the ACAISA (Alcoholic Chlorhexidine or Alcoholic Iodine Skin Antisepsis) Study

St. Vincent’s Early Mobilisation Pathway (STEP) Study to complete an economic evaluation of an early mobilisation pathway for recipients of total joint replacement (TJA)

Application to develop a Centre for Research Excellence in Total Joint Replacement OPtimising oUtcomes, equity, cost effectiveness and patient Selection (OPUS)

Selected Publications

SCHILLING, C., Dowsey, M., Choong, P., and CLARKE, P. (2016). Using patient reported outcomes for economic evaluation: getting the timing right. Value in Health. Accepted May 2016.