Taking a snapshot of the economics of prevention


Project title: Census of published economic evaluations of primary prevention strategies and interventions

Start date: May 2014
End date: June 2017

This project is finished.

What is the issue?

Public health advocates and policy makers argue for a greater share of health resources to go to prevention and health promotion, but little is known about which interventions offer the best health returns. Also, there is little sense of what the economic literature in health promotion looks like overall – that is, where is the economic evidence plentiful and where is it lacking?

How did the project address the issue?

The project took a snapshot of the current state of the economic evidence as it relates to prevention and health promotion. It aimed to categorise all published economic evaluations of primary prevention interventions relevant to health policy in Australia, identifying areas where the economic evidence is plentiful and areas where more evaluation has to be done.

Relevance for practice

By identifying areas where the economic evidence is scant and where a new evaluation project might add value, this project will help to identify priorities for research to support the agenda of the Prevention Centre and our partners.

 

Project lead

Project team

  • Hannah Jackson, La Trobe University
  • Diane Lorenzetti, University of Calgary

This project was funded by the NHMRC, Australian Government Department of Health, NSW Ministry of Health, ACT Health and the HCF Research Foundation.

 

NHMRC, Australian Government Department of Health, NSW Government Health, HCF Research Foundation, ACT Government Health, hosted by Sax Institute

Expenditure on Preventive Health

Launch of final report, Preventive health: How much does Australia spend and is it enough?

 

Report

Publications

2018
 2017