Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy & International Affairs

Short Course in Health Economics and Finance- Summer 2017/2018


  • Option A (for credit eligibility): 4 days plus assessments*
  • Option B (not for credit): 4 days

*N.B. Assessements may need to be completed in own time during and after completion of 4 day course.

Delivery mode:

  • Internal (face-to-face workshops at Murdoch University, South Street Campus, Perth, Western Australia)
  • External (fully online)


  • 9.00am - 4.00pm on Fri 1st December 2017
  • 9.00am - 4.00pm on Sat 2nd December 2017
  • 9.00am - 6.00pm on Wed 6th December 2017
  • 9.00am - 4.00pm on Sat 20th January 2018

Course Description:

This course introduces students to key frameworks and principles of health economics. It consists of four full-day workshops, in which you will learn how the Australian and comparative international healthcare systems are financed and funded; the core theories of supply and demand in healthcare, including the importance of information; the critical role of insurance; hospital financing and delivery; pay-for-performance schemes; and options for private/public mix in the financing and provision of healthcare.

Learning outcomes:

• Understand the economic complexities of  health policy and management
• Appreciate the way different health care systems address these fundamental trade-offs
• Apply economic and statistical tools to concrete health economics issues that arise in the workplace
• Link different policy recommendations to your analysis of these underlying issues


Workshop 1:

The Economics and Health and Healthcare

Fri 1 December

9.00am – 4.00pm

Workshop 2:

Health Economic Evaluation and Value-based Healthcare

Sat 2 December

9.00am – 4.00pm

Workshop 3:

Equity and Socioeconomic Disparities & Healthcare Financing Design

Wed 6 December

9.00am – 6.00pm

Workshop 4:

Healthcare Insurance and Financing Design - Understanding local and international perspectives

Sat 20 January

9.00am – 4.00pm

Essential Microeconomics Toolkit

Health Economic Evaluation & Health Technology Assessment

Equity and Socioeconomic Disparities in Health and Healthcare Access

Health Insurance Markets (Demand and Supply for Health Insurance)

Health Economics: Why is it relevant? What is so special about health?

Population Aging and its impact on Healthcare costs

Case Study Applications and Simulations with Real Data

Regulated Competition and Social Insurance

Demand for Healthcare

Economic Epidemiology

Healthcare Financing and Reimbursement (e.g. Activity-based funding)

Student Presentations

Supply of Health and Healthcare (Production of Health, Health Industry Labour, Market Dynamics, The Hospital Industry)

Healthy Lifestyle (obesity, smoking, addiction and their consequences)

*Please note speakers and topics are subject to change without prior notice

Enrolment options:

•Option A: For credit eligibility: $2,970
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be granted three credit points. Participants may use these credits towards eligible postgraduate programs (i.e. Graduate Certificate in Health Administration, Policy and Leadership; Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership; Master of Business Administration; Master of Business Administration Professional Practice; Master of Public Policy and Management; Master of International Affairs and Security; Master of Development Studies) .
Please email our Program Support Team and ask to enrol in the Short Course in Health Economics and Finance for credit eligibility (course code: SSWM518).

• Option B: Not for credit: $2,520
Students seeking to participate to the workshops on a non-credit basis will not need to complete the assessments. Students completing the course will receive a certificate of participation.
Please email our Program Support Team and ask to enrol in the Short Course in Health Economics and Finance not for-credit (course code: NSWM518).

• Groups’ enrolment:

Discounts may apply to groups of at least 5 people. Please contact us to receive the groups’ rates.

Guest Speakers

Ranjohd Singh, Associate Lecturer, Curtin University 

Ranjodhs.pngRanjodh is an associate lecturer at Curtin University. His research interests are in Econometrics with a focus on health applications. Prior to this role, Ranjodh held analyst positions in both the public and private sector. He has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and is in the process of completing a PhD.


Alain St Flour, CFO, North Metropolitan Area Health Service

Alain_St_Flour.jpgAlain St Flour is the Chief Finance Officer for the North Metropolitan Area Health Service. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (majoring in Economics and financial studies) from Macquarie University, Sydney and a Masters degree in Professional Accounting from the University of Notre Dame, Perth. He is a Adjunct Professor in the School of Business and Governance, Murdoch University, a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers (ACHSM) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM).

Course Coordinators

Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci, Murdoch University

Dr Francesco Paolucci

Dr. Francesco Paolucci is Associate Dean Research and Associate Professor in Health Policy and Economics at the School of Business and Governance and the Head of Health Policy Programs at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs. Francesco has been engaged for over 10 years in health policy and management in various countries (e.g. Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, Qatar, South Africa, Spain, UK etc.) and collaborated in numerous international researches. Francesco has led the creation and design of unique programs in health policy, including the first Master program in health economics policy and law in Europe, the European Commission’s first joint-funded program in health economics and management, the Master in health policy and leadership at Murdoch University. As an entrepreneur within Murdoch, Francesco won the 40under40 Awards launched by Business News, which recognises the 40 Western Australia’s most pre-eminent business leaders under 40 years old.

Dr. Ana Rita Sequeira, Lecturer and Researcher, Murdoch University

Dr. Ana Rita Sequeira

Dr. Ana Rita Sequeira, Murdoch University’s Researcher, is a medical anthropologist, graduated from the University Institute of Lisbon, Portugal (ISCTE-IUL), with research interests cohering around Global Health and Public Health; health promotion and health policy; critical and interpretative approaches; development studies and how to translate research into practice, bringing together both community perspectives and policy towards health and social development. Her professional experience encompasses program management, monitoring, and evaluation, and applied research across African countries and East-Timor. Currently in Perth, she is a lecturer and researcher in Health Policy and Global Health.

Contact details

Current fees and course information correct at time of publishing, September 2017. These are subject to amendment without notice.