A slow burn to impact: Bariatric Surgery in Queensland

A slow burn to impact: Bariatric Surgery in Queensland

Presenter: Prof. Paul Scuffham

Wednesday May 3 2023, 11:30am-12:30pm

Seminar Room 515, Level 5 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton, VIC 3053
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(Webinar ID: 853 0447 2023
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This presentation walks through an unintended program of economic research which has lasted more than 12 years. Various techniques, initially focussed on engaging the public in healthcare policy decision-making to elicit preferences and demonstrate acceptability, followed by generating economic evidence on the most efficient approaches to bariatric surgery are explored. The process to get a state-wide pilot trial underway, along with the development of a central referral hub and patient prioritisation criteria to facilitate access to those who will benefit the most are described. Finally, the evaluation of the service is presented including clinical and economic outcomes.

Prof Scuffham is one of the leading and most productive health economists in Australia and internationally. His research is focused on identifying the value for money of healthcare in-terventions, with a major emphasis on translation into health policy. Prof Scuffham has pub-lished >350 manuscripts and >115 reports to Government which has improved access to pharmaceuticals and medical devices. He developed the Centre for Applied Health Econom-ics at Griffith University and is the Director of the Menzies Health Institute Queensland with over 500 staff spanning research across molecular biology, clinical practice, health policy. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and Chair of the Asia Consortium of ISPOR.

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