Researcher

Dr Anurag Sharma

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Biography

I am  a Senior Lecturer in Health Economics and Co-Director of Public Health Programs at SPHCM. 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:

i) supply and demand side of healthcare management  such as  modelling hospital choice,  tackle overcrowding in Emergency...view more

I am  a Senior Lecturer in Health Economics and Co-Director of Public Health Programs at SPHCM. 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:

i) 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

ii)  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

iii) 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 have been lead CI on one ARC Discovery grant and  worked on several consultancy based research contracts including for OECD.  

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

I am part of the Health Management Group at the school and convene one core unit of MHM (size ~ 250) and one elective unit (size ~ 80) on introductory and advanced health economics respectively.

Personal Webpage: https://sites.google.com/site/anuragunsw/

Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Anurag_Sharma

 


My Grants

Category 1

Primary Chief-Investigator (CI A) from 2012-2014:  Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project Grant # DP120102252  The Role of taxes and subsidies in promoting health lifestyles: an economic analysis. Total amount $ 300,000:  2012 $110,000 2013 $100,000 and 2014 $90,000. (Co-Investigators: Bruce Hollingsworth, Robin Room, Cathy Burns, Katharina Hauck,  Luigi Siciliani and Frank Windmeijer).
 

Category 2

Investigator from 2019-2021 : Roberts Pizzarotti (NSW) / NSW Government "Well Being of Construction Workers at Concorde Hospital". Total Amount:  $272,512

Investigator 2019 : NSW Health  "Develop a preferred method to cost the health benefits of active transport". Total Amount: $81,000

 


My Qualifications

PhD (Economics) , ANU, Canberra

MPhil (Economics), IGIDR, Mumbai, India

MA (Economics), University of Rajasthan, India

BSc (Physics, Chemistry, Maths), Maharaja's College, Jaipur, India


My Awards

Faculty of Medicine Teaching award at UNSW: Award for Educational Excellence (Academic Staff) - 2019

Alan Hodgkinson prize for outstanding contribution to teaching and students learning  - 2017


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Health Policy: Strategies to reduce Obesity, reduce consumption of sugar sweetened beverages and alcohol,  encouraging health lifestyles

Health Management: Modelling hospital choice, strategies to reduce elective surgery waiting times and ED overcrowding and  patient adverse events, Activity based Funding   

Low income settings: Program evaluation, malnutrition, stunting among children, impacts on poverty and education, gender disparities 

Methods: Health economic analyses, applied economics analysis, large datasets, statistical modelling, economic evaluation, regression analyses, spatial data analysis and similar quantitative methods


Currently supervising

I am currently supervising two PhD students on following topics:

Effectiveness of Strategies to improve Health services sustainability in public health systems

What should be the role of  health decision makers in health research to support knowledge translation?

 

Completed PhD Supervision

1. The relationship between income and alcohol: Implications for public health policy (Main Supervisor)

2. Linkages of HDI Nutrition in a Transient Economy of India (Main Supervisor)

3. Essays on impact evaluation of maternal and child health interventions in Nepal and India (Associate Supervisor)

4.  Economic Implications of Cardiovascular Diseases in Mongolia (Associate Supervisor)


My Engagement


My Teaching

Recent Teaching:

Course Convenor: PHCM9441 - Introduction to Health care Economics and Financial Management (T1, 2019)  -[Evaluation: Teacher - 5.77/6]

Course Convenor: PHCM9082 - Advanced Health care Economics and Financial Management (T2,2019)  - [Evaluation: Teacher - 5.57/6]

 

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Location

Rm 238, Level 2, Samuels Building (F25), Kensington Campus

Contact

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