The ISPOR Women in Health Economics and Outcomes Research Initiative: Australia

On the 8th of April Professor Nancy Devlin and A/Prof Kim Dalziel participated in the first initiative of its kind for the Australia Chapter of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR). The one day event aimed to promote the advancement of women in the field. It was acknowledged that greater diversity will result in better research and better health care decisions.

Prof Nancy Devlin provided a keynote address on her research into resource allocation and opportunity costs in the public sector.  As President-Elect of ISPOR Professor Devlin also provided an overview of the ISPOR Women in HEOR Initiative. Both Professor Devlin and Associate Professor Dalziel participated in the final panel session of the day that discussed issues such as promoting health economics careers for women, how best to support women through advancement, balancing work and life, making the most of international opportunities, reflections on mentors and mentoring and thoughts on supporting women into leadership.  They day was well attended and providing a platform for ISPOR women and men to collaborate, network share and mentor each other.

[Figure legend: Panel Session: Nancy Devlin, Phillipa Delahoy, Rosalie Viney, Kim Dalziel and Joanna Coast]