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The eE program

The embedded Economist Program features two core components. The first component is the embedding or situating of a health economist within a health organisation for around 3 months.

The second component offers learning support to senior managers & decision-makers. An online university course teaches participants how to apply basic health economic & evaluation concepts to their work & how to measure the outcomes & impact of their program, service, initiative or technology. The eE Program also facilitates an online community of practice (ComPrac) for all staff interested in health economics.


Although Australia spends about $180 billion on healthcare every year, it is clear that not all of this healthcare delivers value for money. A conservative estimate is that about 20% of this (or $36 billion) is wasted on ineffective or inefficient healthcare provision.

Substantial productivity improvements are possible – addressing just 0.5% of waste in healthcare would free up an estimated $180 million per annum to be better spent on cost-effective prevention, treatment and management of disease.

In 2018, NSW Regional Health Partners undertook a national project investigating local level evaluation of healthcare in Australia.


The project revealed a strong belief within health services that evaluation is important for decision-making; however evaluation at the local level is often not undertaken and when it is, the quality varies.

As a result, The Local Level Evaluation of Healthcare in Australia report recommends approaches to support capacity building of health professionals through: 1) The co-location of rare evaluation expertise (e.g. health economics) within local level health services; and 2) Targeted education and training in evaluation (including health economics).

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Program Delivery

The eE Program is being delivered by NSW Regional Health Partners, an NHMRC Centre for Innovation for Regional Health, & Health Translation SA, an NHMRC Advanced Health Research & Translation Centre.



The program is funded by a research grant from the NHMRC Medical Research Future Fund, administered through NSW Regional Health Partners.



The Program is overseen by the eE Steering Committee, with notable academics, health service executives & Government representatives as members.



The eE program is being evaluated using a mixed methods approach.


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