School of Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
I am a Senior Research Fellow (health economics) with expertise in the economic evaluation of health technologies with a focus on the application of decision analytic modelling techniques. I am also a medical doctor (MD) and received my medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences.
I am a member of the Evaluation Sub-Committee (ESC) of the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) whose role is to advise the Australian government on evidence relating to the safety, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of new medical technologies and procedures. In addition, I am involved in a number of research projects aiming to improve the decision making process around the funding of health technologies.
Previously I was an evaluator of submissions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) to determine funding of medicines. I also co-lead the Adelaide Health Economics Research Group with expertise in all components of the economic evaluation of health care interventions.
- My Research
- Grants and Funding
- Professional Activities
- Economic evaluation of health technologies
- Decision analytic modelling for health economic evaluation
- Improving public funding decision processes
Date Position Institution name 2017 - ongoing Senior Lecturer (Health Economics) University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2012 - 2016 Senior Research Fellow (Health Economics) University of Adelaide 2009 - 2011 Research Fellow (Health Economics) University of Adelaide 2007 - 2009 Senior Research Officer University of Adelaide 2000 - 2002 Head (Abourayhan Medical Centre) The Iranian Social Security Organization 1995 - 2000 General Practitioner The Iranian Social Security Organization
Date Institution name Country Title 2004 - 2007 University of Adelaide Australia PhD in Health Economics 2003 - 2004 University of Adelaide Australia Graduate Diploma in Public Health 1987 - 1995 University of Tehran Iran Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Year Citation 2014 Haji Ali Afzali, H., & Karnon, J. (2014). Specification and implementation of decision analytic model structures for the economic evaluation of health care technologies. In A. Culyer (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Health Economics (1st ed., pp. 340-347). Elsevier.
Year Citation 2017 Edney, L. C., Afzali, H. A. H., Cheng, T., & Kamon, J. (2017). ESTIMATING THE REFERENCE ICER FOR AUSTRALIA AND PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS TOWARD ITS USE. In VALUE IN HEALTH Vol. 20 (pp. A685). ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC.
Year Citation 2015 Gray, J. P., Hajiali Afzali, H., Harris, M., Spooner, C., & Karnon, J. (2015). Countering weight gain in general practice [Plenary presentation]. Poster session presented at the meeting of COMPaRE-PHC forum on obesity prevention and management in primary health care. Sydney, Australia. 2015 Gray, J. P., Hajiali Afzali, H., Harris, M., Spooner, C., Hunter-Riviere, V., Ross, H., . . . Karnon, J. (2015). Weight management in general practice: Piloting the Counterweight Program in Australia. Poster session presented at the meeting of Population Health Congress. Hobart, Australia. 2015 Gray, J. P., Hunter-Riviere, V., Hajiali Afzali, H., Harris, M., Spooner, C., Ross, H., . . . Karnon, J. (2015). Engaging practice nurses in obesity management – a clinical academic partnership to pilot the Counterweight Program [Presentation]. Poster session presented at the meeting of PHC Research Conference. Adelaide, Australia. 2015 Hajiali Afzali, H., Karnon, J., & Sculpher, M. (2015). Should the lambda remain silent?. Poster session presented at the meeting of 12th Annual Conference of Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi).. Oslo: Norway. 2015 Hajiali Afzali, H. (2015). Structural uncertainty in decision making. Poster session presented at the meeting of Centre for Health Economics. Monash University. Melbourne-Australia. 2014 Hajiali Afzali, H. (2014). Improving the quality of decisions around the public funding of new health technologies: The value of disease-specific (reference) models. Poster session presented at the meeting of 11th Annual Conference of Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi).. Washington DC: USA. 2013 • Haji Ali Afzali, H., Karnon, J., Merlin, T., & Hajiali Afzali, H. (2013). Improving the accuracy and comparability of model-based economic evaluations of health technologies for reimbursement decisions: a methodological framework for the development of reference models.. Poster session presented at the meeting of the 10th Annual Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi) Conference. Seoul, South Korea. 2011 Gray, J. P., Hajiali Afzali, H., & Karnon, J. (2011). A model based evaluation of primary care based initiatives in the management of patients with obesity in Australia [Plenary presentation]. Poster session presented at the meeting of Tri State PHCRED Annual Conference. Adelaide, Australia.
Research Support / Grants Held / Consultancy projects Role
Competitive Research Funding
National Competitive Schemes
|2016 - 2019||Delivering effective dental healthcare in 2020-2030: A national longitudinal partnership study of burden of oral diseases in Australia||Hossein Haji Ali Afzali- Associate investigator||National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (Grant ID: 1115649)||$1,056,500|
|July 2015 - June 2016||Review of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) Guidelines||Hossein Hajiali Afzail - Chief investigator||Department of Health||$533,000|
|April 2015 - July 2015||A critical review of decision analytic models submitted to PBAC and NICE: Need for disease-specific (reference) models||Hossein Hajiali Afzail - Chief investigator||Centre for Health Economics, The University of York (UK) (International visiting research fellowship: The Alan Williams Fellowship)||$10,000|
|2015 - 2017||Estimation of the cost-effectiveness threshold for the Australian health system
||Hossein Hajiali Afzail - Chief investigator||National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (Grant ID: 1084387)||$331,000|
|2014 - 2017||Can e-Health improve post-marketing surveillance of drugs and vaccines? The Stimulated Telephone Assisted Rapid Safety Surveillance (STARSS) randomised controlled trial
||Hossein Hajiali Afzail - Chief investigator (leading the health economics component)||National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (Grant ID: 1067703)||$732,000|
|The impact of death and disability from invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) in Australian children.||Hossein Hajiali Afzail - Chief investigator (leading the health economics component)||Pfizer||$835,072|
|2012 - 2015||Capacity Building Grant in Population Health and Health Services Research: Building capacity for integrated decision-making for improving health services||Hossein Hajiali Afzail - Team Investigator||National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (Grant ID: 56550)||$2,094,000|
|2009 - 2011||Primary Care Services Improvement Project (PCSIP)||Hossein Hajiali Afzail - Project Manager||Australian Research Council (ARC) (Grant ID: LP0883930)||$577,000|
|2006 - 2007||The University of Adelaide Efficiency measurement for hospitals owned by the Iranian Social Security Organisation||Hossein Hajiali Afzail - Chief investigator||Adelaide Graduate Centre Research Abroad Scholarship||$2,500|
|2005 - 2006||The University of Adelaide Postgraduate Travelling Fellowship Award||Hossein Hajiali Afzail - Chief investigator||Faculty of Health Sciences||$5,000|
2014- Ongoing Course coordinator: PUB HLTH 7082 Health Economics (face to face) (Core course: Master of Health Economics and Policy)
2015- Ongoing Course coordinator: PUB HLTH 7082OL Health Economics (fully online) (Core course: Master of Health Economics and Policy
2016-Ongoing Course coordinator: HLTH SC 2012 Hacking Health: Core course for BHlthMedSc (Advanced)
2016-Ongoing Module (economic evaluation) coordinator: PUB HLTH 7091 Knowing What Works - Evaluation for Public Health (Core course: Master of Public Health)
2014-Ongoing Course coordinator: Health economics (for third-year medical students) as part of Medical, Personal and Professional Development III (MPPD III)
2010- Ongoing Lecturer: PubHlth 7082 Health Economic Evaluation and Decision Making (Core course: Master of Health Economics and Policy)
2012- Ongoing Lecturer: PubHlth 7147 (Health Technology Assessment)
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2014 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Improving Adolescent Health Through Immunisation: A Case Study - Invasive Meningococcal Disease Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Bing Wang 2012 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Clinical outcomes, costs, knowledge and awareness of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) in South Australia Master of Philosophy (Public Health) Master Full Time Dr Bing Wang
Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country 2015 - ongoing 2012 - ongoing Adelaide Health Technology Assessment (AHTA) Australia 2012 - 2014 Australian Catholic University Australia
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2014 - ongoing Board Member Applied Health Economics and Health Policy Australia
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