CHP Confirmation Seminar - Ashwini De Silva

The social value of avoiding poor health states in children

Monday 19 June 2023 at 4:00 to 5:00pm

Children are important users of healthcare services. Measuring and valuing child health outcome is an essential component in economic evaluations to inform decisions about whether new interventions for children are effective or cost-effective and inform decisions on health care resource allocation. However, there is still uncertainty on the most appropriate method for valuing child i.e., preference elicitation methods, anchoring onto QALY scale, valuing very severe health states etc.)  and uncertainty whether a Quality Adjusted Life Years QALY gained by a child is equal to a QALY gained by an adult. Despite growing research in this area, there is little evidence on whether member of the public's have different relative values for quality of life compared to length of life for children of different ages and compared to adults, and across different severity of ill health. It is important to understand the relative social value of a child to an adult QALY is important for healthcare resource allocation across different ages of patients. This study focuses on anchoring child-preference based measures onto the QALY scale and weighting child and adult QALY gains, by applying both quantitative and qualitative methods to the contribution of methods development for eliciting social values for child health states.

Ashwini De Silva is a PhD student in the Health Economics Unit, Centre for Health Policy at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Ashwini completed her Bachelor of business Administration specializing in Business Economics in 2020. Ashwini was awarded the Student of The Year award by the University of Colombo in 2020. Ashwini previously worked as a financial analyst in the commercial lending vertical at Acuity Knowledge Partners.


Primary Supervisor, Dr Tianxin Pan
Co-supervisor, Dr Tessa Peasgood, Professor Kim Dalziel, Professor Nancy Devlin, Associate Professor Richard Norman

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When: Monday 19 June at 4:00-5:00pm

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