Health Systems Research

Our health systems research spans a wide variety of areas across health and healthcare delivery.


Our health systems research spans a wide variety of areas across health and healthcare delivery, including:

  • The availability and use of linked data in Australian research
  • Analysis of design of medical and pharmaceutical funding and delivery models
  • Using price index methods to quantify changes in out-of-pocket costs
  • Looking at pricing reform for medical devices and prostheses in Australia

A particular focus of research has been looking at the pricing of pharmaceuticals both in Australia and internationally. We have also looked at aspects of research funding and infrastructure including looking at the use of linked data in Australia and the reliability of assessment of NHMRC funding models for grants and fellowships.

Current and recent projects

Expenditures and prices of antihyperglycemic medications in the United States

The growth of linked hospital data use in Australia: a systematic review

Selected Publications 

HUA, X., ERREYGERS, G., Chalmers, J., Laba, T. L., & CLARKE, P. (2017). Using administrative data to look at changes in the level and distribution of out-of-pocket medical expenditure: An example using Medicare data from AustraliaHealth Policy. Health Policy. 2017 Apr;121(4):426-433.

TEW, M.DALZIEL, K., Petrie, D., & CLARKE, P. (2016). The growth of linked hospital data use in Australia: A systematic review. Australian Health Review.

HUA, X., CARVALHO, N., TEW, M., Huang, E. S., Herman, W. H., & CLARKE, P. (2016). Expenditures and Prices of Antihyperglycemic Medications in the United States: 2002-2013. JAMA, 315(13), 1400-1402.

CLARKE, P., Herbert, D., Graves, N., & Barnett, A. G. (2016). A randomized trial of fellowships for early career researchers finds a high reliability in funding decisionsJournal of Clinical Epidemiology, 69, 147-151.

Crombie, I.K., Irvine, L., Williams, B., Sniehotta, F.F., PETRIE, D., Evans, J.M.M., Emslie, C., Jones, C., Ricketts, I.W., Humphris, G., Norrie, J., Rice, P., & Slane, P.W. (2014). A mobile phone intervention to reduce binge drinking among disadvantaged men: study protocol for a randomised controlled cost-effectiveness trial. Trials, 15.

KNOTT, R., Cass, A., Heeley, E., Chalmers, J., Peiris, D., & CLARKE, P. (2012). How fair is Medicare? The income-related distribution of Medicare benefits with special focus on chronic care items.Medical Journal of Australia, 197(11), 625-630.