Emily Callander

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I am an internationally leading maternal and women's health economist and value-based care researcher. I gained a PhD, and Postdoctoral training at the University of Sydney. School of Public Health, NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre and Charles Perkins Centre. I have held NHMRC Doctoral Scholarship, NHMRC Early Career Fellowship and now NHMRC Career Development Fellowship support.

I lead the Women’s Economics and Value Based Care Unit, and Pregnancy Outcomes Research stream within the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, School of Public Health, Monash University. Here I am also Director of Research Strategy. I was awarded the peak industry-body Women’s Healthcare Australasia’s Medal of Distinction in 2021 for improving the health and wellbeing of women and newborns through leadership.

My mission is to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of women, through creating women-centred, valued-based health services, and reducing inequalities.

Research interests

I specialise in efficiency and equity measurement in maternal and child 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.

My research focuses on maternal health, and it’s impact across the First 1,000 Days. Through my research I seek to influence maternal health care policy and delivery to ensure accessible and equitable, as well as efficient, care for all women. I partner with health service providers and policy makers to generate real world evidence that is shaping current health care and improving outcomes for individuals across Australia. This has included the delivery of maternal health care through more efficient staffing models, the delivery of care to remote populations through the national Breastscreen program and the national Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program. My work on out of pocket fees has drawn attention to the inequalities in healthcare access amongst Indigenous people with cancer, and highlighted the high and unequal amount paid by women for maternity care. My work on out of pocket fees has been directly cited in national health policy positions, and was the feature of an episode of SBS Insights.

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.


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

Education/Academic qualification

Economics, Policy, BA, Griffith University

Health Economics, PhD, University of Sydney

External positions

Visiting Professor, Coventry University

15 Apr 2022 → …

Member - Research and Reporting Sub-Committee, Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM) (Victoria)

1 Oct 2021 → …

Adjunct - Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research

30 Jun 2020 → …

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

1 Jan 2020 → …

Deputy Director, Transforming Maternity Care Collaborative

1 Jan 2019 → …

Research area keywords

  • Health Economics
  • Maternal and child health
  • maternal-fetal medicine
  • Child Health and Development
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Midwifery
  • Models of Care
  • health policy


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