Health Inequality

Our research into the inequalities in health and health outcomes spans a range of areas.


Our research into the inequalities in health and health outcomes spans:

  • Inequality of disease prevalence, uptake of intervention, and adherence to intervention
  • Inequality of intervention effectiveness
  • Methodological research in measuring and evaluating inequality
  • Modelling the impact of interventions on health inequality using microsimulation models  with heterogeneous populations
  • Evaluating interventions to reduce health inequalities


Impact of Medicare Part D on income-related inequality in drug expenditure

Income inequality in how children use health services

Review of how equity considerations are captured within cost-effectiveness analysis

Selected Publications

DALZIEL, K., & Richardson, JR. (2015). With talk of Medicare reform, let’s not neglect vertical equity. Medical Journal of Australia, 202(6), 292-3.

KNOTT, RJ., PETRIE, DJ., Heeley, EL., Chalmers, JP., & CLARKE, PM. (2015). The effects of reduced copayments on discontinuation and adherence failure to statin medication in Australia. Health Policy, 119(5), 620-627.

Kjellsson, G., Gerdtham, UG., & PETRIE, DJ. (2015). Lies, damned lies, and health inequality measurements: understanding the value judgments.Epidemiology, 26(5), 673-680.

PETRIE, DJ, Tang, KK., & Rao, DP. (2015). Measuring Health Inequality with Realization of Conditional Potential Life Years (RCPLY). Social Indicators Research, 122(1), 21-44.

Crombie, I. K., Irvine, L., Williams, B., Sniehotta, FF., PETRIE, D, Evans, JM., ... & Norrie, J. (2014). A mobile phone intervention to reduce binge drinking among disadvantaged men: study protocol for a randomised controlled cost-effectiveness trial. Trials, 15(1), 1.

ERREYGERS, G., CLARKE, P., & van Ourti, T. (2012). "Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is fairest of all?" - Distributional sensitivity in the measurement of socioeconomic inequality of healthJournal of Health Economics, 31, 257-270.