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Professor Julie


Lead Investigator

Julie Ratcliffe is Mathew Flinders Fellow and Professor of Health Economics in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University. She also holds Honorary Professorial positions in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow and the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield. Julie has published over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals and has been a chief investigator on over 50 multi-disciplinary research grants. Her research interests include the measurement and valuation of health and quality of life outcomes, patient and consumer preferences and the economic evaluation of interventions across health and social care sectors.


Dr Jyoti Khadka


Dr Jyoti Khadka originally trained as an optometrist. He was awarded a PhD from Cardiff University in the UK, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Flinders University.  His main areas of research interests and expertise are in healthy ageing, patient-reported outcomes and the application of modern psychometric methods. He has published over 50 peer reviewed research publications in patient-reported outcomes and quality of life. His other research interests include exploring ways to improve the quality of both preference and non-preference-based instruments to measure and value health and quality of life outcomes across the health, aged care and social care sectors.


Dr Rachel Milte


Dr Rachel Milte is a Matthew Flinders Senior Research Fellow in the Health and Social Care Economics Group, College of Nursing and Health Sciences. With training in health, research methodology and economics, Dr Milte has established a career in health economics with particular strength and focus on understanding the ‘value’ to consumers of health and aged care services. Additionally, Dr Milte regularly undertakes economic evaluations to understand the value for money of health and aged care, particularly focusing on interventions aiming to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of frail older adults, rehabilitation patients, and people living with dementia.

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Dr Claire Hutchinson


Dr Claire Hutchinson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Health and Social Care Economics Group, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University. She has a PhD in Psychology from UniSA and is a mixed methods social scientist conducting research in ageing, disability and health. She is the inaugural winner of the Hal Kendig Early Career Researcher Research Development Award from the Australian Association of Gerontology which is supporting her research into the quality of life of older Australians from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds. Dr Hutchinson has a background in organisational psychology consultancy and is an experienced project manager.


Gang Chen


Associate Professor Gang Chen has an adjunct position at the College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University and is currently employed as an Associate Professor at the Centre for Health Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal papers and is the Associate Editor for the journal Quality of life Research. His collaborative research has been funded by grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, Cancer Australia, National Heart Foundation of Australia, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), China Medical Board, and the Research Council of Norway.


Billy Kaambwa


Billingsley Kaambwa is an Associate Professor in Health Economics at the College of Medicine and Public Health. He is a member of the Australian Medical Services Advisory Committee panel for Health Technology Assessment services and of the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network New Health Technology and Clinical Practice Innovation Committee. His main research interests are in the application of econometric and statistical techniques in economic evaluation, decision-analytic modeling and economic evaluation of new and existing health care technologies.

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Ms Jenny Cleland

Research Assistant

Jenny completed her BA (Hons) degree in Sociology at Liverpool University, UK in 2002 and gained a postgraduate certificate in Social Science Research methods in 2003 at Nottingham Trent University, UK. Since graduating she has held a variety of University research positions, mainly in the public health field, including positions relating to cognitive functioning and ageing. Jenny is currently undertaking a PhD at Flinders University as part of the ARC Linkage grant. Her PhD focuses on using qualitative methods to develop a preference-based quality of life instrument with older people for economic evaluation in aged care.

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Dr Sheela Kumaran is a mixed-methods researcher with a focus on patient reported outcome measures, quality of life and psychometric evaluation. She gained her PhD in Public Health in 2020 at Flinders University and then worked as a Research Associate at the Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University on this project funded by the Royal Commission. Dr Kumaran is currently employed as a Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales.

Sheela Kumaran

Research Assistant​


Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

and conducted in partnership with the National Aging Research Institute (NARI)