Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne


The Health Economics Unit works with the clinicians and researchers from the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) on a broad range of healthcare themes. Some of the current collaborations take place with the Cardiology Department, the Department of Neurology, Centre for Community Child Health, Emergency Department and Health Services Research Unit in RCH and MCRI.


Dr Kim Dalziel

Dr Li Huang

Dr Natalie Carvalho

Chris Schilling


VITALITY trial: the role of postnatal vitamin D supplementation in infant immune health

Fontan children: healthcare needs for children with single ventricles

Healthcare services utilization for Australian children: how children use health services and the associated costs

APHIRST study: the cost effectiveness of decision rules for head injuries in children

Selected Publications

HUANG, L., DALZIEL, K., SCHILLING, C., Celermajer, D., McNeil, J., Winlaw, D., ... & d'Udekem, Y (2017). Hospital costs and cost implications of co-morbid conditions for patients with single ventricle in the period through to Fontan completion. International Journal of Cardiology, 240, 178-182.

HUANG, L., SCHILLING, C., DALZIEL, K., Xie, S., Celermajer, D., McNeil, J., ... & d'Udekem, Y. (2017). Hospital Inpatient Costs for Single Ventricle Patients Surviving the Fontan Procedure. American Journal of Cardiology, 120(3), 467-472.

SCHILLING, C., DALZIEL, K., Iyengar, A. J., & d’Udekem, Y. (2017). The Cost Differential Between Warfarin Versus Aspirin Treatment After a Fontan Procedure. Heart, Lung and Circulation, 26(8), e44-e47.

Wilson, TG., Iyengar, AJ., Winlaw, DS., Weintraub, RG., Wheaton, G., Gentles, TL., Ayer, J., Grigg, LE., Justo, RN., Radford, DJ., Bullock, A., Celermajer, DS., DALZIEL, K., SCHILLING, C., & d'Udekem, Y. (2016). Use of ACE inhibitors in Fontan: Rational or irrational?. International Journal of Cardiology. 210, 95-99.

SCHILLING, C., DALZIEL, K., Nunn, R., Du Plessis, K., Shi, WY., Celermajer, D., Winlaw, D., Weintraub, RG., Grigg, L., Radford, DJ., Bullock, A., Gentles, TL., Wheaton, GR., Hornung, T., Justo, RN., & d'Udekem, Y. (2016). The Fontan epidemic: Population projections from the Australia and New Zealand Fontan Registry. International Journal of Cardiology, 219, 17-19.

Allen, KJ., Panjari, M., Koplin, JJ., Ponsonby, A-L., Vuillermin, P., Gurrin, LC., Greaves, R., CARVALHO, N., DALZIEL, K., Tang, MLK., Lee, KJ., Wake, M., Curtis, N., & Dharmage, SC. (2015). VITALITY trial: protocol for a randomised controlled trial to establish the role of postnatal vitamin D supplementation in infant immune health. BMJ Open, 5(12).


Giving an Adult Life after Fontan Surgery to Those with the Most Severe Congenital Heart Conditions (Partnership Projects)