Professor Ajay Mahal
Professor Ajay Mahal joined the Nossal Institute in January 2016. Previously, he was the Alan and Elizabeth Finkel Chair of Global Health at Monash University and was on the faculty of the Harvard T Chan School of Public Health in Boston, USA, from 2001. He was a Principal Economist at the National Council of Applied Economic Research in New Delhi from 1998.
Ajay’s research focuses on issues of health financing and service delivery and the linkages between health and economic development. He has evaluated health system interventions using mathematical and statistical tools to analyse cross-sectional and longitudinal survey datasets in low- and middle-income countries.
In his work on the Australian health system, Ajay has used methods of economic evaluation to assess health service interventions in randomised trials. Some of his recent work has also examined the implications of chronic diseases for household and national economic well-being.
Ajay’s work has been funded by UNICEF, Harvard University, the World Bank, UNESCO, WHO, the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and the Gates Foundation among others. He has also worked with governments in many low- and middle-income countries, most recently Malaysia and India.
Ajay has trained future health systems leaders in university and via executive training programs and advises doctoral and masters-level students. His goal is to build capacity in the next generation of health system researchers working in low and middle-income countries.