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Dr Anurag Sharma

Dr Anurag Sharma

I am   Program Director of Masters in Health Leadership and Management (MHLM)  at School of Population Health. Previously I worked at Centre for Health Economics, Monash University.  I obtained  PhD in Economics from the Australian National University, Canberra. My  research is mainly focussed on answering policy questions regarding:

  • supply and demand side of healthcare management  such as  modelling hospital choice,  tackle overcrowding in Emergency Departments, role of elective surgery waiting times in private hospital utilisation, hospital behaviour under activity based funding, patient safety and workforce development


  •  health promotion policies and behavioural change: Impact of taxing sugar sweetened beverages on different income groups, body weight and obesity; Impact of alcohol taxation policies on alcohol consumption, pricing strategies to encourage health diet in disadvantaged groups


  • public health issues in low income settings: Program evaluation to improve maternal and child health (Nepal),  improving nutritional status of children (India), modelling chronic diseases (Mongolia), relationship between poverty and  nutrition (India).

My research involves rigorous applied methods using large and complex datasets. I am currently CI and lead health economist on three NHMRC Partnership Grants, one NSW Health COVID19 research grant and have  been lead CI on one ARC Discovery grant in the past.  I have also worked on several consultancy based research contracts including for OECD and WHO.  

I have supervised four PhD students to completion (two as main supervisor) and currently supervising  four PhD students as primary supervisor.

I am part of the Health Leadership and  Management Group at the school and convene one core unit of MHLM (size ~ 250) and one elective unit (size ~ 80) on introductory and advanced health economics respectively. I am also a Senior Fellow of Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy), UK.

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