Clarabelle Pham

Clarabelle Pham

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


I am a Research Fellow with the Adelaide Health Economics Research Group in the School of Public Health, University of Adelaide. I have expertise in systematic reviews, and methods for the evaluation of health services involving the use of linked clinical and administrative hospital data, and registry and survey data. My current work focuses on the prediction of postoperative outcomes in elective surgery patients based on physical function, frailty and quality of life; and the evaluation of services to improve care in maternal and perinatal health. My PhD evaluated services for the preoperative assessment and management of high risk surgical patients.

Research interests:
Health services research
Improving health care systems and patient outcomes
Analysis of large, linked datasets
Health economic evaluation and decision making

I am a Research Fellow with the Adelaide Health Economics Research Group in the School of Public Health, University of Adelaide. I have expertise in systematic reviews, and methods for the evaluation of health services involving the use of linked clinical and administrative hospital data, and registry and survey data. My current work focuses on the prediction of postoperative outcomes in elective surgery patients based on physical function, frailty and quality of life; and the evaluation of services to improve care in maternal and perinatal health. I am also undertaking a PhD to evaluate services for the preoperative assessment and management of high risk surgical patients. 

Research interests:
Health services research
Improving health care systems and patient outcomes
Analysis of large, linked datasets
Health economic evaluation and decision making 

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 Tutor for 3rd year medical students, MPPD in Health Economics University of Adelaide
    2015 Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2009 - 2010 Tutor for Public Health 1A University of Adelaide
    2008 Senior Research Associate University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2008 Principal Research Officer TRACsa: Trauma and Injury Recovery
    2006 - 2007 Program Manager, Best Practice TRACsa: Trauma and Injury Recovery
    2006 - 2006 Senior Research Officer Australian Safety and Efficacy Register for New Interventional Procedures - Surgical (ASERNIP-S)
    2004 - 2005 Research Officer Australian Safety and Efficacy Register for New Interventional Procedures - Surgical (ASERNIP-S)
    2003 - 2003 Research Assistant Australian Safety and Efficacy Register for New Interventional Procedures - Surgical (ASERNIP-S)
    2000 - 2001 Pharmacy Technician Hospital Pharmacy Services
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2012 - 2019 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2002 - 2002 University of Adelaide Australia GDPH
    1997 - 2001 University of Adelaide Australia BSc(Hons)

Competitive Research Funding

State Competitive and Intramural Schemes

Date Project/No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
2016-2017 Predicting outcomes in elderly patients after elective surgery Maddern G, Pham C, Karnon J, Gibb C, Fitridge R Health Services Charitable Gifts Board AUD 252,000

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