Jonathan Karnon

Professor Jonathan Karnon

Professor in Health Economics

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Professor Jonathan Karnon - BA(Hons) Economic and Social History, MSc. Health Economics, PhD Health Economics.

Professor Karnon has undertaken applied evaluation research in a wide range of clinical areas. Analyses he has undertaken or led have informed decisions around the funding of new pharmaceuticals for heart disease, breast cancer, and thalassaemia, patient safety programs, and screening programs for cervical and colorectal cancer and various antenatal and neonatal conditions. More recently, an NHMRC funded simulation model of glaucoma services led to practice change to address increasing demand and won best Australian Health Services Research paper of 2014.

Over the last five years, he has also developed methods for the extraction and analysis of routinely collected health care and mortality data to assess the causes and consequences of variation in clinical practice. The developed methods have been published in high ranking journals, the subject of multiple invited presentations, and are currently being applied to the evaluation of the major Transforming Health initiative being rolled out in South Australia. They will inform areas of success, as well as identifying priority areas for action.

Jon's contribution to the field of cost-effectiveness modelling includes papers comparing alternative decision modeling techniques (including a textbook on discrete event simulation for HTA), development of novel methods for model calibration, and reviews of methods for evaluating screening programs, priority setting, model performance evaluation and the value of reference models. His methodological work around modelling techniques and model calibration is internationally recognised, being cited in modelling good practice guidelines.

He is currently leading NHMRC research projects estimating the cost-effectiveness threshold to inform funding decisions and developing methods for the appropriate extrapolation of survival data. 

Jon has undertaken applied evaluation research in a wide range of clinical areas. Analyses he has undertaken or led have informed decisions around the funding of new pharmaceuticals for heart disease, breast cancer, and thalassaemia, patient safety programs, and screening programs for cervical and colorectal cancer and various antenatal and neonatal conditions. More recently, an NHMRC funded simulation model of glaucoma services led to practice change to address increasing demand and won best Australian Health Services Research paper of 2014.

Over the last five years, he has also developed methods for the extraction and analysis of routinely collected health care and mortality data to assess the causes and consequences of variation in clinical practice. The developed methods have been published in high ranking journals, the subject of multiple invited presentations, and are currently being applied to the evaluation of the major Transforming Health initiative being rolled out in South Australia. They will inform areas of success, as well as identifying priority areas for action.

As principal investigator, Jon has won 13 major (10 Category 1 equivalent) research grants in the UK and Australia, including 4 NHMRC project grants, an ARC linkage grant, and an HCF Foundation grant. As non-principal investigator, Jon is CIB on an NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence on frailty and the lead health economist CI on an NHMRC capacity building grant in health services research, as well as contributing to a wide range of applied research projects, ranging from a $50,000 charitable foundation grant on sarcoma surveillance to a $2 million project grant on localised knowledge translation.

Jon is Program Co-ordinator for the post-graduate program in health economics at the University of Adelaide. He teaches courses in Health Economic Evaluation and Decision Making (PubHlth 7082) and Applied Health Economic Evaluation (PubHlth 7085). He also teaches onto Health Economics (PubHlth 7082) and Health Technology Assessment (PubHlth 7147). PubHlth 7082, 7081 and 7147 are available as online extended short courses, see the School of Public Short Courses webpage for details.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Principal Supervisor Improving Medication Adherence for Adults with Hypertension using Behavioural Economic Insights Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jackie Roseleur
    2017 Co-Supervisor Investigating alternative reimbursement models for antibiotics in Australia to sustain ongoing development of novel antimicrobial agents Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Nadine Therese Hillock
    2016 Principal Supervisor Variation in Clinical Practice: An approach for transforming health and continuous improvement Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Ingy Mohamed Fikry Farid Abdelshafei
    2016 Co-Supervisor The Impact of a Human Factors Intervention on the Performance of a Rapid Response System Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time APrf Richard Chalwin
    2015 Principal Supervisor How can Routinely collected Clinical Data be used to Screen Clinical Services for Important Capacity for Improvement? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Aubyn Mary Pincombe
    2013 Co-Supervisor Informing Health System Commissioning and Evaluation: Illustrated Examples Using an Equity-Effectiveness Framework Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr David Mark BANHAM
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Setting Basic Standards in a Developing Ambulance Service: A qualitative description of the impact of the Intermediate Ambulance Care course on prehospital care practice in Penang, Malaysia Master of Philosophy (Public Health) Master Full Time Mr Matt Perry
    2014 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Adaptation and Validation of an Individualised Paediatric Health-Related Quality of Life Measure (Paediatric Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile) and its Evaluation in a Clinical Setting Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Sana Ishaque
    2012 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Evaluation of Services for the Preoperative Assessment and Management of High-Risk Surgical Patients Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Clarabelle Thuymai Pham
    2012 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Non-Invasively Obtained Central Blood Pressure: Barriers and Strategies to its Use in Practice Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hao-min Cheng
    2012 - 2017 Principal Supervisor The Implementation of Interventions to Prevent Musculoskeletal Injury at Work and the Stage of Change Approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Paul Rothmore
    2009 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Optimising follow-up for women after primary treatment for early breast cancer Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Taryn Bessen
    2009 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Trust, Constraints and the Counterfactual: Reframing the Political Economy of New Drugs Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Brita Pekarsky
    2008 - 2013 Co-Supervisor What is needed for telehealth to deliver sustainable value to the routine operations of health care in Australia? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Tori Wade
  • Position: Professor in Health Economics
  • Phone: 83133562
  • Email: jonathan.karnon@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 6899
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 9
  • Room: WS9059.01
  • Org Unit: Public Health

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