Measuring Productivity in Healthcare

Monday 10 October 2016 at the University of Melbourne


A one day short course at the Melbourne Institute at 9.30am to 4.30pm on Monday 10 October 2016.

Why is this important? Measuring and understanding productivity in health care is essential in ensuring health services are using their resources efficiently.  Governments are increasingly interested in enhancing accountability and ensuring health services are performing well.  

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What will you learn? This one-day course will provide an introduction to the measurement of productivity in health care.  You will learn about the practical experience of measuring productivity, with examples focusing on hospital productivity. Participants will learn:

  • how to define the productivity of health care organisations and its relationship to efficiency and other dimensions of performance,
  • what data are required to measure productivity, and
  • issues on how to incorporate quality and health outcome measures into measures of productivity. 

Who should attend? There are no formal pre-requisites, though it would suit those with a quantitative background from within government and the health sector

This course includes a special guest lecture by Professor Andrew Street from the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York.  He is closely involved in measuring productivity for the NHS.

Course Structure

You will be welcomed by Professor Anthony Scott, who will give an overview and discuss the conceptual framework and key concepts to be covered in this course. Associate Professor Jongsay Yong will next provide an outline of approaches used to measure productivity, followed by a discussion of practical issues in measuring hospital productivity using data from Victoria. Professor Andrew Street will then discuss his experience in measuring hospital productivity in the context of the UK National Health Service; a special emphasis will be on issues arising from bringing quality into the picture.
The course will include a mix of lectures and interactive group work.

Course Instructors

Professor Anthony Scott, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne

Professor Anthony Scott leads the Health Economics Research Program at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at The University of Melbourne, and jointly co-ordinates the University of Melbourne Health Economics Group (UMHEG).

Associate Professor Jongsay Yong, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne

Jongsay Yong is Principal Research Fellow in the Health Economics research program of the Melbourne Institute.

Professor Andrew Street, Centre for Health Economics, The University of York

Andrew Street is a Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Health Policy team in the Centre for Health Economics and Director of the Economics of Social and Health Care Research Unit (ESHCRU), a joint collaboration with the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics and the University of Kent.  He is an editor of the Journal of Health Economics, and currently serves as a board member on the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research programme Commissioning Board Researcher-led (since 2009), and as chair of the Welsh Health Economics Support Service Advisory Group. He is an external affiliate to the Department of Business and Economics at the University of Southern Denmark. He is currently serving special advisor to the House of Commons health Select Committee for its inquiry into the Impact of Comprehensive Spending Review on health and social care.

Andrew's research covers measurement of health system productivity, evaluation of activity based funding mechanisms, analysis of organisational efficiency, and critical appraisal of health policy. 

He has a MSc in Health Economics (1990), a MA in Public Administration and Public Policy (2000) and a PhD in Economics (2002), all awarded by the University of York. After completing his MSc, Andrew spent three years in Australia working at the National Centre for Health Program Evaluation, Monash University and the Victorian Department of Health and Community Services. This was followed by a five-year spell with the York Health Economics Consortium. He joined the Centre for Health Economics in April 1999. From 1999-2003 he held a special training fellowship awarded by the Medical Research Council and Northern and Yorkshire Region. In 2005 he worked part time in the Delivery Analytical Team in the English Department of Health. Andrew is a regular contributor to The Conversation UK.




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