Emily Callander

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Personal profile


I am a health economist specialising in efficiency and equity measurement. I gained a PhD in Health Economics from the University of Sydney and have a Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University. I have held continuous NHMRC funding throughout my career, and currently hold an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. I have previously held a NHMRC PhD Scholarship and NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, and for my work from these was awarded a Queensland Young Tall Poppies Science Award in 2017. I am currently an Associate Professor of Health Economics within the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Monash University, and have previously held positions at the University of Sydney, within the Charles Perkins Centre and the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, and the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine. 

In recognition of my expertise and standing within the health economics discipline I have been appointed as a member of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) Economics Subcommittee where I provide health economics advice to the PBAC regarding medicines seeking listing on the PBS.

Research interests

I specialise in efficiency and equity measurement in healthcare using large population-based linked administrative datasets, and economic evaluations alongside clinical trials. Through my research program I partner with health service providers and policymakers to generate real-world evidence that is shaping the current delivery of healthcare and improving outcomes for individuals across Australia.

I have developed Australia’s first simulation models of patient costs and outcomes based on linked administrative data for cancer patients, and mothers and babies that are being utilised to inform the delivery of care across Australia. Along with members of the health economics team at GENImpact Macquarie University, I have also undertaken internationally leading work on microsimulation modeling of the productivity impacts of ill health, which has been presented at the National Press Club, and annual presentations to the Commonwealth Treasury and Department of Health and Ageing. Pfizer UK and Pfizer Canada have also funded replications of this work. My research on out of pocket expenditure in Australia has been directly cited by the Shadow Minister for Health to justify Federal Labor’s campaign to overturn the Medicare rebate freeze, and consistently generated large amounts of media interest with articles in The Guardian, The Age, Courier Mail and Australian Financial Review. She recently appeared on SBS Insights to discuss out of pocket fees. 

My work is funded through NHMRC and MRFF grant schemes or directly by research end-users. I currently hold an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship, and lead the health economics component of multiple NHMRC Project, Partnership and Centre for Research Excellence grants.

I lead a team of health economists who specialise in embedding equity considerations, and patient perspective of healthcare costs and outcomes into economic analyses. I have strong quantitative analysis skills, with extensive experience in modelling health and healthcare costs, linked administrative data analysis, microsimulation modelling using SAS, and conducting economic evaluations alongside clinical trials.


Education/Academic qualification

Economics, BA, Griffith University

Health Economics, PhD, University of Sydney

External positions

Adjunct - Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research

30 Jun 2020 → …

Member - Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, Economics Sub-committee, Department of Health (Australia)

1 Jan 2020 → …

Research area keywords

  • Health Economics
  • Health Economics (cost-effectiveness, health technology assessment, cost of illness, budget impact analysis)
  • Health Planning/Policy
  • Inequalities in Health
  • Health policy
  • Economics of Health

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Should we treat iron deficiency anaemia of pregnancy with lactoferrin? A randomised controlled trial

Callander, E., Tarnow-Mordi, W., Dibley, M. J., Norman, J. E. & Reynolds, R.


Project: Research

Evaluation of the rural health multidisciplinary training program

Callander, E., Springer, S., Skinner, I., Battye, K. & Smith, J.


Project: Consultancy

MBM: A stepped wedged cluster randomised trial of maternal awareness and reporting of decreased fetal movements to reduce stillbirth

Flenady, V., Gardener, G. J., Middleton, P. F., Coory, M. D., Ellwood, D., Crowther, C. A., East, C., Callander, E., Norman, J. E. & Boyle, F. M.


Project: Research

Research Output

Disparities in experiences of emergency department care for people with a mental health condition

Corscadden, L., Callander, E. J., Topp, S. M. & Watson, D. E., Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Australasian Emergency Care. 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Experiences of maternity care in New South Wales among women with mental health conditions

Corscadden, L., Callander, E. J., Topp, S. M. & Watson, D. E., 11 May 2020, In : BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 20, 1, 13 p., 286.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Global macroeconomic burden of epilepsy and the role for neurosurgery: a modelling study based upon the 2016 Global Burden of Disease data

O’Donohoe, T. J., Choudhury, A. & Callander, E., Feb 2020, In : European Journal of Neurology. 27, 2, p. 360-368 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Health inequality in the tropics and its costs: a Sustainable Development Goals alert

Callander, E. J. & Topp, S. M., 1 Sep 2020, In : International Health. 12, 5, p. 395-410 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Independent Evaluation of the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program: Final Report to the Commonwealth Department of Health

Battye, K., Sefton, C., Thomas, J. M., Smith, J., Springer, S., Skinner, I., Callander, E., Butler, S., Wilkins, R., Gordon, J. & Kelly, K., May 2020, Orange NSW Australia: KBC Australia. 287 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportResearchpeer-review

Open Access