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Professor Paul Scuffham


Paul Scuffham

Director, Menzies Health
Menzies Health Institute QLD
+61 (0)7 3735 9132 (Work)
G40 8.83, Gold Coast Campus

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Professor Paul Scuffham is one of the leading and most productive health economists in Australia and internationally. He has been active in clinical and social research for the last 20 years, collaborating widely across multiple disciplines. Professor Scuffham is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow (2018-22) and the Director and Board Member of the Menzies Health Institute Queensland (2019-). He established the Centre for Applied Health Economics at Griffith University and received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence of a Research Group in 2016. He developed the Australian Chapter of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR-AC) and successfully enacted his succession plans and became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (FAHMS) 2016 and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). His research is focused on identifying the value for money of healthcare interventions, with a major emphasis on translation into health policy. Paul has attracted >$8M in major contracts with the Australian government over the last 5 years (>$24M lifetime); and is a CI on 4 CREs. Since completing his PhD in 1999, Scuffham has published >300 manuscripts (123 since Jan 2015) and >135 reports to Government. Many of his manuscripts are published in high impact medical journals and solid health economics journals. His h-index is 38 in Scopus (49 Google Scholar) with 14 papers cited more than 100 times and 49 papers >50 citations. Paul is extremely well networked with program implementers and policy-makers in Australia and internationally. These include Prof Peter Littlejohns (founding Director of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), UK and Professor Michael Drummond (the number one leader in the economic evaluation of healthcare interventions). His professional standing is highly regarded in the Australian Pharmaceuticals industry through his involvement in the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) sub-committees, Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC), Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) and a working group for the Australian College of Learned Academies (ACOLA). He chaired an AAHMS Selection Committee for 2 years and in 2019 he joined the AAHMS Council. Paul was an Associate Editor of Value in Health (2007-15) and is a current member of their International Advisory Board (2016-20); he is Associate Editor of Medical Decision Making Policy & Practice (2014–) these are both leading journals in the field. He was an international adviser to the Ministry of Health, Singapore (2016-18); has presented as a keynote speaker at over 12 national and international conferences in the past 5 years and is Chair for the Asia-Pacific ISPOR 2020 Conference in Seoul. Paul’s community engagement is at the high end of healthcare policy. This has been purposely developed through his determination to see efficient use for healthcare funds to deliver what the community requires from their health system. He works closely with Queensland Health on economic policy matters and this includes his leadership on the Queensland Policy Advisory Committee on new Technology (QPACT) where he led processes for developing and appraising funding applications for new technologies, as well as directly through establishing Citizen Juries in Queensland. In addition, he has had industry funding from Bupa, Edwards Lifesciences, Telstra Health in recent years. Paul has developed a core staff of ~30 including 2 Professors in biostatistics. His team of health economists includes 12 with PhDs of which 7 have progressed to SRF, Assoc Prof and 2 have progressed to Professor under his direct supervision. He has mentored 3 others who have been promoted to Professor and 4 to Assoc Prof. As Director of MHIQ he is responsible for the research of >500 staff. He currently supervises 6 PhD students and has supervised 14 PhD students to completion. Paul developed a Graduate Certificate in Health Economics (2019) adding to the Griffith University curriculum. These studies are relevant to allocating and prioritizing health resources in Papua New Guinea. He was on the NHMRC Assigners Academy (2014), a member of the CRE Health Services panel in 2018-2019 and was a regular reviewer of project grant applications. He is a member of the Queensland Selection Panel for Rhodes Scholarships (2018-22).


  • Director
    Health Care Practice & Survivorship2018 - 2019
  • Director
    EPIC Health Systems2018
  • Director, Menzies Health Institute Queensland
    Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia1 Jan 2018
  • Member
    Centre for Applied Health Economics, Australia1 Jan 2018


  • Chair in Health Economics
    Griffith University, School of Medicine, Australia2006
  • Visiting Professor
    University of Plymouth, United Kingdom2018


  • Board Member
    Menzies Health Institute Queensland2018


  • Doctorate of Philosophy
    University of Otago, Otago, New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Arts
    University of Otago


  • Australian Academy of Health & Medical Science
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors


  • Postgraduate Diploma (Economics)
    University of Otago, Otago, New Zealand