Working with the brilliant people in EPOCH CRE over the last three and a half years has been a valuable experience for me. Being part of the wonderful health economics team in Stream 3, I have learned not only the nuances of conducting economic evaluation of obesity interventions but also the necessary skills and attributes to be a good health economist. Coming from a non-health economics background, I truly appreciate this opportunity and would like to thank my fellow Stream 3 members for their guidance and support over the years.
One of my personal achievements that I am most proud of was contributing to the development of the EPOCH health economic model. Informed by population-level data, the model is designed to help answer several important questions: when is the best time for interventions to occur in childhood, what approaches are the most cost-effective and which sections of the population stand to benefit the most in these situations. We have also used the model to perform the first modelled economic evaluation of a sleep-based early childhood prevention intervention based on the Prevention of Overweight in Infancy (POI) randomized controlled trial.
My experience with EPOCH has recently led me to a new role based at Deakin Health Economics, where I will be contributing to research that evaluates the cost-effectiveness of prevention of high BMI and eating disorders in Australia. Although I am excited about this new role and its possibilities, I am also equally sad to be leaving the amazing group of researchers in EPOCH CRE. Nevertheless, it's a small world out there (and even smaller in academia) - we shall meet again!
"You never really leave a place or person you love, part of them you take with you, leaving a part of you behind."