Interstitial Lung Disease: Health economics

Creating evidence to support health economic evaluation of interventions and treatments for interstitial lung disease in Australia

Degree type


Closing date

27 March 2023



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

Interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) are a group of disorders typified by inflammation and/or fibrosis of the lung parenchyma, which typically leads to lung function decline, poor quality of life and premature death. In Australia the profile of ILDs has not been described in detail. IPF was the primary focus of our previous project the QUIET-IPF Study but there are still many unknowns and for this reason, a new CRE was developed to focus on ILDs.

Given the expanding range of diagnostic methods and precision treatments, describing the health and economic burden of ILD, and the potential impact of existing and new therapeutic options, is vital for translating the findings to real-world populations. It is particularly important to demonstrate cost-effectiveness of precision medicine in order to secure government subsidies for treatments and investigations. The HEalth and Economic burDen of interstitial lung disease in Australia (HEED-ILD) study will serve as a cross cutting platform supporting the CRE, with an overall goal of estimating the health and economic burden of ILDs in Australia to support disease simulation and economic evaluation of outputs of the CRE-ILD over the lifetime of the project (2023-2027). This PhD project will support the following objectives of the HEED-ILD:

  1. Assessing the burden of ILDs in Australia, more specifically the epidemiological profile and health related quality of life;
  2. Assessing the economic burden of ILDs, more specifically the cost of ILDs in Australia.

To address aim 1, 5 data sets will be used to assess incidence, prevalence, mortality of ILDs and how these vary based on demographic characteristics. By using these 5 datasets the inherent limitations of each will be overcome, providing robust estimates. Additionally, health related quality of life estimates will be generated using the EQ-5D-5L and influential factors will be evaluated.

To address aim 2, linked administrative data and cost diaries will be used to estimate costs associated with the most frequent ILDs.

Primary Supervisor

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Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applications are open to domestic and international applicants only, preferably with a background in public health, health services, or health economics/economics
  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Ingrid Cox to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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