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Louisa Collins

Associate Professor | Group Leader

Health Economics

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Associate Professor Louisa Collins is a Health Economist and Group Leader of Health Economics at QIMR Berghofer. Associate Professor Collins holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Masters’ degree and PhD in Public Health. Associate Professor Collins has extensive research experience performing economic evaluations, decision-analytic modelling and applied economic research. She has published over 130 peer-reviewed journal publications and her research has received media interest. She is regularly invited to speak at seminars and workshops and has presented her work at consumer forums and government briefings.  Associate Professor Collins is a member of the Public Health Association of Australia, the Australian Health Economics Society and the Health Services Research Association of Australia and NZ. She was recently appointed as the Australian Scientific Committee Member for the International Agency for Research in Cancer (2021-2024). Prior to joining QIMR Berghofer in 2016, she undertook contract research commissioned by the Department of Health to evaluate industry submissions for government subsidy through PBAC and MSAC. As a health economist, Associate Professor Collin’s work is inherently collaborative, and she significantly contributes to multi-disciplinary research teams to translate health economic findings into policy and practice.



June 2020-current: Group Leader, Health Economics, QIMR Berghofer

August 2016-current: Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology

November 2016-current: Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Queensland



2016-2020: Team Head, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

2011-2016: Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Health Economics, Griffith University

2007-2010: NHMRC Early Career Fellow, Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR)

2006: Health economist, Cancer Council Queensland









Louisa’s program of research is devoted to evaluating the cost-effectiveness of health interventions for cancer populations and the financial burdens of cancer survivors. Her current health economic projects span the continuum of cancer care ranging from prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship. She has projects in the areas of supportive care interventions (prostate, pancreatic cancer), genomic sequencing (myeloid blood cancers, breast/ovarian cancer, cancers of unknown primary, lung), skin cancer prevention and targeted screening and exercise interventions (ovarian, breast cancers). Louisa is also interested in the social and economic consequences of cancer, reducing health inequities and has research projects in financial toxicity, out-of-pocket expenses and employment consequences following cancer.



  • following Associate Professor Collin’s report to government on the health and economic impacts of regulating solaria, state legislation was passed across Australia in 2008 to ban minors from using sunbeds. In 2016, all commercial solaria were banned
  • wrote three health economic chapters in Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines (skin cancers, Barrett’s oesophagus and oesophageal cancer)
  • from 2015, Associate Professor Collins has been a CI on grants worth $21.2m from NHMRC and other bodies, receiving $1.8m to undertake health economics. She has also been a leading investigator on research consultancies worth $5.1m
  • for the Department of Health, Associate Professor Collins has led or overseen 30 major reports for MSAC and PBAC, co-supervised eight staff members, and written five major reports for NGOs
  • given 49 conference presentations with six plenary talks (including five at International Conferences) and eight invited speaker talks



2019-current: Australian Health Economics Society

2017-current: Queensland Collaborative for Cancer Survivorship

2017-current: Public Health Association of Australia

2017-current: Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand

2013-current: International Health Economics Association

2008-2018: International Society for Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research (ISPOR)

2007-current: Psycho-Oncology Cooperative Research Group



2017: Best Abstract of Health Services Research ANZ Conf – Co-author / supervisor

2015: Vice Chancellors Research Excellence Award for a Team, Griffith University

2015: Pro Vice Chancellors (Health) Research Excellence Award – Team, Griffith University

2013: Griffith University Publication of the Year, Population & Social Health Research Program

2013: Griffith University International Travel Fellowship

2011: Pro Vice Chancellors (Health) Research Excellence Award – Team, Griffith University

2008-2012: NHMRC Public Health Early Career Fellowship #496714

2000-2003: PhD Scholarship from the National Breast Cancer Foundation

2000: Best Master of Public Health Dissertation, Public Health Association of Australia (Qld)



2001-2005: PhD Public Health, Queensland University of Technology

1998-1999: Master of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology

1990-1992: Bachelor of Economics, University of New England, Armidale