Welcome to Renee Jones

Renee is a PhD student with the Health Economics Unit at the University of Melbourne, her research is focussed on child health related quality of life (HRQoL). Renee will first explore the measurement of child HRQoL and how different generic and condition-specific instruments compare in different children using QUOKKA paediatric multi-instrument comparison study data. Renee will then explore how generic HRQoL instruments, such as the EQ-5D-Y, can be used in routine clinical care as patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) - codesigning preferences for PROM integration with families and clinicians, and piloting the use of PROMs in a tertiary paediatric hospital outpatient setting. Renee will be supervised by Professor Kim Dalziel and co-supervised by Professor Nancy Devlin and Professor Harriet Hiscock.

Renee completed a Bachelor of Science in 2016 and a Master of Public Health in 2018, both at The University of Melbourne. Prior to starting her PhD with the unit, Renee was a Research Assistant with the Health Services and Economics group at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. In this role, Renee helped coordinate the QUOKKA paediatric multi-instrument comparison study, as well as helping coordinate and assist on several other research projects, such as adapting the EQ-5D-Y for children aged 2-4 years, a discrete choice experiment looking at parent preferences for accessing mental healthcare for children with a chronic physical health condition, a cohort study of over 700 children looking to understand modifiable factors for childhood asthma readmissions, and a large mixed methods research program looking to better detect and respond to childhood adversities. Renee has also previously assisted in the completion of Health Technology Assessments (HTAs) for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC).