Alison is a health economist interested in the various costs of cancer. Her research aims to use health services research and health economics to improve cancer care by providing relevant, reliable information for decision making.
Leading the Health Economics Stream at the Daffodil Centre and based at the University of Sydney School of Public Health, Alison teaches introductory health economics and conducts research in the areas of oncology patient preferences and productivity loss. This research extends the work she did on the economics of cancer as a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) at UTS, and as a postdoc at the National Cancer Registry in Ireland. Alison completed her PhD on the costs of chemotherapy side effects at CHERE in 2013, before which she worked in cancer clinical trials and health services research.
Alison’s original training was in occupational therapy, and she remains interested in rehabilitation research. She also has keen interests in early career researcher development, communicating research to the public, and the use of social media in academia.