Dr Callander is a health economist specialising in quantifying the indirect impacts of chronic disease, specifically the impact on education attainment, labour force participation and family income. She is leading a growing team of health economists at the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, funded by a number of NHMRC grants focused on perinatal and childhood health economics, and tropical health economics. Her team currently consists of 1 postdoctoral researcher, 2 research assistants, 4 PhD students, and 3 Masters students.


She has published over 70 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). She has attracted $6.45 million in grant funding ($6.39 million from NHMRC). Her 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.

  • TM5526: Public Health Economics (Level 5; TSV)
  • Out of pocket healthcare expenditure
  • Indirect costs of ill health
  • Health inequality as an outcome in performance and efficiency measurement
  • Perinatal 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
  • 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.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 82+ research outputs authored by Dr Emily Callander from 2009 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Department of Health - Contract Research

National Research Project on Remote Radiology Assessment Service Delivery

Indicative Funding
$350,000 over 3 years
This project will investigate outcomes of the BreastScreen Australia remote radiology assessment trial at sites through9out Australia. Engaging a remote radiologist may assist with overcoming many challenges associated with providing health services in a regional, rural or remote location. This project seeks to ensure that the alternative model of service delivery is appropriate for consumers, evidence-based and safe. Specifically, this project will assess how the new remote radiology model affects: - Patient safety - Patient acceptability - Staff acceptability of new model of service provision - The safe, efficient organisation of BreastScreen services
Sarah Larkins, Rebecca Evans, Robyn Preston, Emily Callander, Sabe Sabesan, Leila Murison, Karen Johnston and Nicole Bates (College of Medicine & Dentistry, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine and Townsville Hospital and Health Service)
rural health services; breast cancer screening; Telehealth; Radiology; Health Workforce

Cancer Council NSW - Strategic Research Partnership Grant

Identifying the Out of Pocket costs of cancer care and the impact on healthcare access and patient outcomes

Indicative Funding
$121,160 (administered by Menzies School of Health Research)
AIM 1: Quantify the out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure of individuals who are diagnosed with cancer and compare it with their clinical outcomes. This will be done by building Australia?s first model of the out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure of cancer patients using administrative data. AIM 2: Identify the impact of out-of-pocket costs on decisions about health care utilisation. This qualitative research component will be undertaken, which aims to explore and explain how out-of-pocket costs (both anticipated and unanticipated) affect the health seeking decisions and behaviours of cancer patients and their families.
Emily Callander, Sarah Larkins, Stephanie Topp and Sabe Sabesan (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Medicine & Dentistry, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Health Economics; Patient costs; Cancer; Indigenous; Rural Health; Access

NHMRC - Project Grant

My Baby's Movements: A stepped wedged cluster randomised trial of maternal awareness and reporting of decreased fetal movements to reduce stillbirth. HEALTH ECONOMCS COMPONENT

Indicative Funding
$103,360 over 3 years (administered by University of Queensland)
Stillbirth is devastating for parents and families. Many stillbirths occur late in pregnancy due to deteriorating health of the baby that can be detected by the mother through a decrease in the baby?s movements. 'My Baby's Movements? is a personalised, user-controlled and interactive mobile phone tool provided as part of routine care to pregnant women to promote general awareness of their baby?s movements. This trial aims to reduce stillbirth rates by early reporting of decreased movements. A health economics analysis will also be conducted to determine the cost effectiveness of this intervention compared to current practice.
Vicki Flenady, G Gardener, P Middleton, Michael Coory, David Ellwood, C Crowther, C East, Emily Callander, J Norman and F Boyle (Mater Medical Research Institute, Mater Health Services, University of Adelaide, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Griffith University, Monash University, Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, Medical Research Council and The University of Queensland)
Stillbirth; Home Economics

North Queensland Primary Healthcare Network - Contract Research

Health Economics and Statistics Consultancy Services to NQPHN (Dec 2016 - Feb 2017)

Indicative Funding
$76,950 over 2 years
Consultancy services to be provided: Health economics research services, including but not limited to the development and validation of evaluation tools, the analysis of patient reported outcomes, analysis of costs associated with different models of care. Population based statistical analysis, including but not limited to the analysis of health service use datasets, indicators of population health.
Emily Callander and Daniel Lindsay in collaboration with Haylee Fox (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Health Economics; Health Systems; Statistics

NHMRC - Early Career Fellowship - Australian Public Health and Health Services Fellowship

The role of health in poverty entrenchment: a new measure of long-trerm multidimensional poverty for Australia

Indicative Funding
$130,685 over 3 years
This project will document the long term relationship between developing a chronic health condition and an individual's overall health status; assess the long term relationship between developing a certain health condition and an individual's education participation and level of education attainment; quantify the long term relationship between developing a certain health condition and an individual's household finances; model the long term benefits that health prevention initiatives could have.
Emily Callander (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)
Health; Poverty; economic models; Health Economics

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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.

  • Measuring Person-Centred Healthcare (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Performance and Health Economic Assessment of Motion Tracking fpr Prostrate Cancer Radiation Therapy (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Impact of Self-Care Education Via Mobile Phone Text Messaging in Diabetic Patients Living in Rural/Remote North Queensland: Clinical, Economic and Genetic Analysis (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Evaluation of a University based, Student-Led Health Clinic (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Gender Equity in Health Services and the Economics of Childbearing (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Measuring performance in mental health care with a focus on vulnerable groups in Australia (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Quantification of the Cost of Injury to the Health System in Queensland, Australia (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Quantifying the Health System Use and Patient Resource Use and Expenditure on Cancer in Queensland (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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