My personal research interests are in methods for measuring the equality and equity of health care and health outcomes, and the impact of health and health care on patient’s living standards. This includes assessing patient out of pocket costs, patient economic resources and the distribution of health outcomes across different socioeconomic groups using panel survey data and administrative data. I am leading a team of health economists who specialise in embedding these equity considerations, and patient perspective of healthcare costs and outcomes into the economic evaluation of health programs. I have strong quantitative analysis skills, with extensive experience in modelling health and healthcare costs using SAS. My team has expertise in administrative data analysis, data linkage and biostatistics.

My team currently consists of 1 postdoctoral researcher, 2 research fellows, 2 research assistants, 8 PhD students, and 1 Masters student.


I have published over 100 peer reviewed publications in highly regarded journals (such as Nature Reviews Rheumatology, Archives of Disease in Childhood, British Journal of Pyschiatry, International Journal of Cardiology, Arthritis and Rheumatology and Health Economics). I have attracted over $10 million in grant funding ($6.39 million from NHMRC). My work has been presented at the National Press Club, numerous addresses to national and international government agencies, and been cited in Federal healthcare policy statements.

  • Health inequality as an outcome in performance and efficiency measurement
  • Out of pocket healthcare costs
  • Cost measurement
  • Maternal and first 1000 days health economics
  • 2008 to 2015 - Research Fellow, University of Sydney (Sydney)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2012 - Geographical Research Prize Awarded for best publication in the journal Geographical Research, by a postdoc.
  • 2008 - Bachelor of Arts (Environment). Awarded to the student with the highest Grade Point Average at the end of the Bachelor of Arts (Environment) degree.
  • 2008 - Environmental Studies Medal Awarded to the student with the highest cumulative marks upon graduation in any Bachelor’s degree offered by the Griffith School of the Environment.
  • 2007 - Sinclair Knight Merz Award
  • 2017 - Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award
  • 2006 to 2008 - Griffith Award for Academic Excellence
  • 2013 to 2017 - NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship (APP1052742), ‘The role of health in poverty entrenchment: a new measure of long-term poverty for Australia’

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 127+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Emily Callander from 2009 onwards.

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National Health & Medical Research Council - Career Development Fellowship

Assessing value in maternal healthcare by harnessing the power of data linkage

Indicative Funding
$437,036 over 2 years
Little is known about the value - the outcomes produced and the cost of service delivery - of different types of maternity services across Australia. This project will fill a much needed gap in information to guide the decision-making of both policy makers and consumers (pregnant women). Using a novel linked administrative dataset of >186,000 births, this project will assess the value of different types of maternity services to individuals and to the health system.
Emily Callander (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Health Economics; Perinatal

Department of Health and Ageing - Pharmacy Trial Program

Integrated Practice Pharmacists within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services

Indicative Funding
$1,040,046 over 2 years (administered by Pharmaceutical Society of Australia)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience a much higher burden of disease due to heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health problems. Many deaths from these illnesses can be prevented if patients are better supported to take their medicines and prescribing quality is improved. This trial will explore if including a practice pharmacist in the primary health care team within Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHSs) leads to improvements in the quality of care that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people receive. Our trial will tell us if prescribing by doctors is improved, if patients are more likely to take their medicines, and if indicators of their health are improving over time.
Sophie Couzos, Rhondda Jones, Emily Callander, Erik Biros, Deb Smith, Michelle Bellingan, Beverley Glass, Priscilla Page, Donald Whaleboat, Robyn Preston, Nicole Bates, Douglas Boyle, Vicki Slinko, Roderick Wright, Nadia Lusis, Elizabeth Moore and Katie Panaretto (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Academy, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, University of Melbourne, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory and Gidgee Healing Mount Isa Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Ltd)
Aboriginal Health; integrated health care; continuing quality improvement; Primary Health Care; practice pharmacist; community based participatory research

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Psychological intervention for reducing emergency department (ED) representations ?? A randomised controlled trial (RCT) (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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