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Dennis is an Associate Professor and an ARC DECRA Fellow in the Centre for Health Economics, Monash University. He was previously a senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne and a Lecturer in Health Economics at the University of Dundee, UK. He has published extensively on the economics of illicit drugs and alcohol, the longitudinal measurement and evaluation of health inequalities and has lead a large number of economic evaluations of healthcare interventions including alongside RCTs. He has consistently published in the top health economics journals, with multiple papers in the Journal of Health Economics (3), Health Economics (5) and Social Science & Medicine (2) and also high impact medical journals including BMJ, PLOS Medicine, Diabetologia, Diabetes Care and Epidemiology. He specialises in analysing large and complex data sets to improve health policy decisions. 

Research interests

Health Inequalities

Health Economics

Applied Econometrics

Economic Evaluations

Research area keywords

  • Inequalities in Health
  • Health Economics
  • Econometrics
  • risk and uncertainty
  • Alcohol
  • Cancer
  • Drugs - illicit
  • Disability
  • Cost Effectivness
  • Economic Evaluation

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Projects 2014 2022

A non-inferiority trial of tailored Text Messaging versus Quitline for smoking cessation among low-socioeconomic status smokers

Courtney, R., McRobbie, H. J., Whittaker, R., Shakeshaft, A. P., Stockings, E., Petrie, D., Brown, J., West, R., Thomas, D. & Siahpush, M.

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Project: Research

Youth cohort: Improving Disability Employment Study (Y-IDES)

Milner, A., Kavanagh, A. M., Petrie, D., LaMontagne, A. D., Vaughan, C. & Mallett, S.

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Project: Research

Disability, social mobility and the wellbeing of people with disabilities

Kavanagh, A. M., LaMontagne, A. D., Petrie, D., Milner, A., Simpson, J., Aitken, Z., Emerson, E. & Blakely, T.


Project: Research

Adding an electronic-cigarette to standard behavioural treatment for low-socioeconomic status smokers: A randomised trial.

Mattick, R., Courtney, R., Borland, R., Gartner, C., McRobbie, H. J., Petrie, D., Siahpush, M., Richmond, R., Shakeshaft, A. P. & Farrell, M. P.

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Project: Research

Research Output 2006 2019

Does mental health-related discrimination predict health service use 2 years later? Findings from an Australian national survey

Reavley, N. J., Morgan, A. J., Petrie, D. & Jorm, A. F., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Do psychosocial job stressors influence mental health service use? Evidence from an Australian cohort

Milner, A., Petrie, D., LaMontagne, A. D. & Butterworth, P., May 2019, In : Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 76, 5, p. 295-301 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Fresh red cells for transfusion in critically ill adults: an economic evaluation of the Standard Issue Transfusion versus Fresher Red-Cell Use in Intensive Care (TRANSFUSE) clinical trial

Irving, A., Higgins, A., Ady, B., Bellomo, R., Cooper, D. J., French, C., Gantner, D., Harris, A., Irving, D. O., Murray, L., Nichol, A., Petrie, D., McQuilten, Z. K. & on behalf of the Standard Issue Transfusion versus Fresher Red-Cell Use in Intensive Care (TRANSFUSE) Investigators and Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group, 1 Jul 2019, In : Critical Care Medicine. 47, 7, p. e572-e579 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Program evaluation and decision analytic modelling of universal suicide prevention training (safeTALK) in secondary schools

Kinchin, I., Russell, A. M. T., Petrie, D., Mifsud, A., Manning, L. & Doran, C. M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Applied Health Economics and Health Policy. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

The effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of cytisine versus varenicline for smoking cessation in an Australian population: a study protocol for a randomized controlled non-inferiority trial

Thomas, D., Farrell, M., McRobbie, H., Tutka, P., Petrie, D., West, R., Siahpush, M., Gartner, C., Walker, N., Mendelsohn, C. P., Hall, W., Paul, C., Zwar, N., Ferguson, S. G., Boland, V. C., Richmond, R., Doran, C. M., Shakeshaft, A., Mattick, R. P. & Courtney, R. J., May 2019, In : Addiction. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review