Personal profile


Rachel is an applied health economist at the Centre for Health Economics. Since completing her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2015 she has worked across multiple research themes. She has made applied and methodological contributions to the area of reporting heterogeneity bias in self-reported survey measures. She has also published multiple studies in the public health and medical literature, including several papers that investigate various factors driving health care utilisation and expenditure using administrative Medicare and hospital records; and has led a multi-country health economic evaluation examining the cost effectiveness of a trialled pharmaceutical treatment for patients with traumatic brain injury. More recently, she has worked on various studies investigating the impacts of natural disasters and extreme climate events on various outcomes, including domestic violence, mental wellbeing, childhood educational outcomes, labour force responses, and attitudes towards climate change mitigation. She is experienced in working with large, complex databases including administrative data; geo-spatial analyses; and micro-econometric techniques for causal identification.

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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Extreme Climate Events
  • Natural Disasters
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Geospatial Analysis

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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