About Us

The Chapter

ISPOR Sydney Student and ECR Chapter, established in 2020, provides opportunities for professional development and a platform for knowledge exchange and networking for students and early career researchers (ECRs) in health economics and outcomes research in Sydney.

It is a registered component chapter of ISPOR and collaborates with other student chapters such as the ISPOR Victoria and Tasmania Student Chapter and the broader ISPOR Australia Chapter.

The Chapter is composed of students and ECRs from University of New South Wales, University of Technology Sydney, University of Sydney, and Western Sydney University.


Our mission is to:

  1. Provide members with opportunities for professional advancement and networking.

  2. Provide a platform where students and ECRs can share and extend their knowledge in health economics and health outcomes research.

  3. Provide a forum for knowledge exchange and interactions between students interested in health economics and members of the pharmaceutical industry, health-related organisations, and academia.

  4. Provide an opportunity for chapter members to become familiar with the affairs of ISPOR as well as have representation in its affairs.

MISSION

Professional advancement
and networking

Knowledge exchange in health economics and health outcomes research

Interaction of students and ECR with the industry, government, academe, and other organisations

Involvement with other ISPOR Chapters and with ISPOR Global

Executive Committee

Sopany Saing - President

Sopany is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation, UTS. Her PhD research explores economic modelling methods to incorporate constrained resources in health technology assessment using the heart transplant waiting list as a case-study. She has demonstrated a track record in the field of health economics through her work as an evaluator for the Pharmaceutical and Benefits Advisory Committee. Ms Saing’s research interests are in health technology assessment in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and more broadly in public health interventions. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from USYD and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Science (Class I Honours) from UNSW.

Nancy Kim - President-elect

Nancy is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) and a Cancer Care Pharmacist. She has a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Sydney, a Dual Master of Public Health (in Economic Evaluation) and a Master of Health Management from the University of New South Wales. She has also recently completed a Master of Business Administration (Executive) at the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW. Nancy is currently working on a PhD where she is assessing long-term health outcomes and costs of allogeneic blood and marrow transplantation (BMT). Nancy has a keen interest in applied economic evaluation to inform clinical practice and maximise health outcomes. Nancy is uniquely placed in her training in health economics and clinical experience, where she aims to hold both the systems perspective and the perspective of individual patients. Through her research, Nancy aspired to inform and improve health services and the allocation of health care resources to achieve the best overall health outcomes for cancer patients and their carers.

Antonio Canale - Secretary

Antonio is a Research Fellow at the Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE). His research expertise includes systematic reviews, clinical trials, and cost-effectiveness analysis using microsimulation models, as well as trial-based analyses. He holds a PhD in Pharmacy from the University of Technology Sydney and a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. As a pharmacist, he worked in different settings, developing his career in primary public healthcare. Here, he had the opportunity to collaborate in the development of a professional pharmacy service, which later became his PhD. With his experience, Antonio is now working in health technology assessment for the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC). He is also participating in applied research in the economic evaluation of professional pharmacy services.

Anthony Sunjaya - Treasurer

Anthony is a medical doctor, certified health informatician, and Scientia Doctoral Researcher at The George Institute for Global Health, UNSW Sydney, Australia. His research focuses include respiratory disease, cardiovascular medicine, multimorbidity, personalized medicine, clinical trials, digital health, health economics, health systems and primary care with a special interest on low-middle income countries. He currently is Co-Lead (Digital Health), UNSW ASEAN Business Research Hub; Chair Primary Care SIG, Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ); Vice-President (Research), UNSW Postgraduate Council (PGC); and Vice-Chair Digital Transformation Leadership working group in the International Society for Telemedicine and e-Health (ISfTeH), one of two digital health associations with direct affiliation to WHO along with various other Board and committee roles in national and international bodies. He enjoys travelling in his free time and is co-founding a start-up focused on preventing diabetes through digital behaviour change interventions.

GENERAL MEMBERS

Elena Keller (Founding President)

Elena is a Health Economist specializing in the analysis of linked administrative health datasets to provide evidence on whether treatments provide good value for money. Currently, she is a Research Associate and PhD Student within the National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit (NPESU) at the Centre for Big Data Research in Health (CBDRH), UNSW Medicine & Health. Her PhD project focusses on an economic valuation of fertility treatments. Prior to this role, Elena obtained a Bachelor's degree in Nutritional Sciences (Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany) and a Master's degree in Health Economics (University of Queensland, Australia).

John Paul Caesar delos Trinos (Immediate Past President)

Paul is a Filipino public health researcher who focuses on the application of health economics to Neglected Tropical Diseases control. He has a Master of Health Management and a Master of Public Health in Economic Evaluation from UNSW Sydney. He did consultancies for several non-government organizations in the Philippines and provided technical support to the National Health Insurance of the Philippines (PhilHealth) in the development of benefit packages for rehabilitation services and mental health. He is a Co-Founder and the Chief Technical Officer of metaHealth Insights and Innovations, Inc., a Philippine-based THINK+DO tank and consulting firm specialising on management and implementation science, health economics and outcomes research, health technology assessment, and analytics. Currently, he is a Scientia PhD Scholar at UNSW Kirby Institute where he examines the equity and cost-effectiveness of NTD control interventions. He is also a part-time research associate at the University of the Philippines Manila Neglected Tropical Diseases Study Group

Allen Nazareno

Allen is an assistant professor in Mathematics at the University of the Philippines Los Baños and a PhD candidate at the School of Population Health at the University of New South Wales. His research mainly focuses on predictive analytics and mathematical modelling of biological/chemical systems. For his PhD, he is currently working on the application of statistical modelling in disease burden estimation and mathematical modelling of disease transmission. He will also be doing an economic evaluation of potential intervention strategies against infectious diseases.

Faculty Advisors

Associate Professor Brendan Mulhern

Brendan is an emerging international expert in research relating to the measurement and valuation of health and quality of life for use in economic evaluation. I have published more than 60 research articles in the area (cited more than 2,400 times), and have an H-Index of 21. Brendan's expertise is in the development and assessment of preference and non-preference based measures using innovative psychometric and valuation methods including item response theory, discrete choice experiments and time trade off. This includes the development of updated versions of the two most widely used preference-based measures internationally (the EQ-5D and the SF-6D). He also has expertise in the development and testing of valuation methods and led the development of condition specific measures for use in the assessment of health interventions. This includes instruments to assess quality of life in dementia, epilepsy and diabetes. Brendan has been successful in securing funding to support development of his research programme from a diverse range of sources internationally leading to approximately $3.3m worth of funding.

Dr. Lei Si

Dr Lei Si is a Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics and Health Systems Research at The George Institute for Global Health and a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at UNSW Medicine. He is a current NHMRC Early Career Fellow. He worked as a Research Fellow at Menzies Institute for Medical Research of University of Tasmania (2016-2018) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Macquarie University's Centre for the Health Economy (2018). Dr Lei Si undertakes research in health economic evaluations in chronic diseases, e.g. osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, etc. In addition, he works on equity of health financing and benefit of government subsidy on health in China. His work also includes patient preference using discrete choice experiment. Dr Lei Si has been involved in conducting evaluations of submissions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC).