Dr Virginia Wiseman BEc(Hons) PhD

Associate Professor Health Economics

Background

I began working as a health economist with LSHTM in 2001 and since that time have worked primarily on economic evaluation, equity, economics of malaria and health care financing in low and middle income countries.  Prior to coming to the school I worked in a health economics research unit at The Univeristy of Sydney, Australia where I collaborated on a range of health economics projects focussing on indigenous health care financing and priority setting in health care.  I am currently based in Sydney and have a joint position as Associate Professor of Health Economics in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales. 

Affiliation

Centres

Teaching

I am the Module Organiser for GHP101 The Economics of Global Health Policy which is part of the Global Health Policy MSc. Each year, colleagues and I also run a distance learning programme in health care financing for UNICEF that involves an 8 week on line course and a 2 week face to face workshop in London. Finally, Lorna Guinness and I are co-editors of 'Introduction to Health Economics' - a textbook used for distance learning (PH103) and face to face teaching on health economics at LSHTM and elsewhere.

Research

I am currently lead principal investigator on a study investigating the cost-effectiveness of provider interventions to improve health worker practice in providing treatment for uncomplicated malaria in Cameroon and Nigeria. These studies in West Africa are part of the ACT Consortium, an international research collaboration formed to answer key questions on malaria drug delivery in Africa and Asia funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and coordinated through the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.http://www.actconsortium.org/

At the start of 2013 I was also awarded a grant from the Australian Government (AusAID) to conduct a 3 year study to assess equity in health systems financing in Fiji and Timor Leste. This study, which is collaboration between the University of New South Wales, LSHTM, National Universities of Fiji and Timor Leste and Cape Town University, represents the first attempt to assess equity in health system financing in these two countries. 

 

Past projects have included economic evaluations of different malaria treatments and prevention products in Togo, Kenya, Tanzania, The Gambia and Malawi. Another area of research interest has been the analysis of the determinants of household demand for malaria treatment and prevention. 

Research areas

  • Complex interventions
  • Diagnostics
  • Economic evaluation
  • Equity
  • Evidence use
  • Health care financing
  • Health care policy
  • Health policy
  • Health services research
  • Health systems
  • Public health

Disciplines

  • Economics
  • Operational research

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Malaria

Regions

  • East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
  • Pacific island small states
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Countries

  • Cameroon
  • Fiji
  • Nigeria
  • Timor-Leste
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