Personal profile


Professor Cathy Mihalopoulos is head of the inaugural Monash University Health Economics Group (MUHEG) within the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. She is nationally and internationally recognised for her expertise in the use of economic evaluation techniques (both within trial and modelled), particularly within the context of mental health. Within Australia, she leads the largest group of academic health economists specialising in the economics of mental health and psychosocial care, consisting of staff funded entirely on research income.  She has over 200 publications and has been an investigator (including a lead investigator) on both Category 1 (including NHMRC and MRFF) as well as Category 2-4 grants totalling more than $75M. She has been invited to sit on committees of national and international significance, including the Economics Sub-Committee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and sits on the Executive Committee of the Society for Mental Health Research. She has extensive academic teaching experience within the discipline of health economics and is currently the course coordinator of two Monash University Masters programs - Master of Health Management and Masters of Health Administration.

Cathy is frequently invited to present keynote and plenary sessions at national and international conferences and meetings and has won various prestigious awards, including the 2021 Research Australia Health Services Research Award — Highly Commended, and Cathy and Health Economics Group researchers won the inaugural 2023 Australian Clinical Trials Alliance HEAT Excellence in Trial Based Health Economics Award for their economic evaluation of the Target-D program.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Scientific advisory Board member, Ending Loneliness Together

National Advisory Committee, National Headspace Evaluation, Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation Ltd

Scientific Advisory Board member, Prevention United

Decision Makers Advisory Committee – The QUOKKA Project, Child Health Utility Project, University of Melbourne

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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