Professor Kirsten Howard

Professor Kirsten Howard


Co-Director, Menzies Centre for Health Policy and Economics and Professor, Health Economics
The University of Sydney
Elected in 2021
Citation on election

Professor Kirsten Howard is an internationally acknowledged leader in health economics. She is Co-Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy and Economics, and leads a health economics group with internationally recognised expertise in patient and community preference elicitation, quality of life and wellbeing measurement, and economic evaluation. With research funding as CI in excess of $40million, including being invited to lead the health economics programs of 4 CREs, 2 capacity building grants and 28 project grants (also leading the health economics of another 19 clinical trials, as AI); she also leads / co-leads a program around measuring and valuing quality of life and wellbeing in children and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults and youth.

Professor Howard holds multiple high-level policy relevant appointments, including the Australian Government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) (as only health economics member), Chair of the Economics Sub-Committee of the PBAC, and member of MBS reviews Taskforce Renal Clinical Committee. She has led the growth of health economics at the University of Sydney from 1 research fellow to a team of 11 academics and PhD students, with more than a dozen PhD completions.

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