Professor Rob Carter

Professor Carter is Head of Deakin Health Economics and Deputy Director of the Deakin University Strategic Research Centre in Population Health. He has held a number of senior research positions, including Head of the University of Melbourne Health Economics Group, Deputy Director of the Monash University Health Economics Unit and Head of the Economics and Evaluation Unit in the Technology Assessment Branch at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Professor Carter is widely recognised for his expertise in economic appraisal. In recent years, he has focused his research on priority setting. His research in this area has been widely recognised, with five Awards for Research Excellence.


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Telephone: (03) 9244 6001

Professor Rob Carter
Head, Deakin Health Economics

December 2015

Please describe your role.

Professor Rob Carter
Professor Rob Carter

– Director, Deakin Strategic Research Centre for Population Health Research
– Head, Deakin Health Economics
– Director, NHMRC Centre Research Excellence in Obesity Policy
– Unit head for teaching ‘Priority setting and resource allocation’ in our Masters of Health Economics
– PhD Supervisor (seven students)
– Involved in a range of individual projects across Deakin research streams

The best part of my role is … when I get to do actual research work on the projects I’m involved with, and interacting with my PhDs and Masters students.

The most challenging part is … solving the people problems that inevitably come with leadership, and finding the work/life balance that is crucial to enjoying both.

I’m interested in the work of the Prevention Centre because … the economics of prevention is a key research interest of mine, and integrating economic evaluation into systems analysis is a key methodological challenge for us health economists. The Prevention Centre is also a great team of people.

At work I am always learning … to put my staff and colleagues first and work pressures second. Work pressures will always be there!

Before my current position, my most memorable roles were … Coordinating Economist on the national evaluations of breast and cervical cancer screening, and Senior Private Secretary in Senator John Button’s Office.

Most people don’t know that I … have a $6000 dog (a Bouvier des Flandres), am into kettle bells and love rugby.

When I’m not working, I most enjoy … my family, my garden and walking my dog at the beach.

The talent I would most like to have is … to hold a tune with some modicum of ability. Being 6 foot+ wouldn’t be bad either.

Right now I want to … get stuck into all my projects in the garden (hanging gardens, new pond).

I try to stay healthy by … doing plenty of exercise (gym, Pilates, swimming, gardening), being outdoors in my garden and building things.