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Dr Nerina Vecchio


Nerina Vecchio

Senior Lecturer
Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics
+61 (0)7 5552 8284 (Work)
G42 6.48, Gold Coast Campus

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Dr Nerina Vecchio is a Senior Lecturer in economics and has obtained PhD in economics from University of Queensland.- Dr Vecchio's research focuses on community care services. She is interested in how public and private organisations can better serve the needs of frail and disabled individuals and their carers residing in the community. The purpose of her research is to ensure that individuals remain living in their home and delay entering residential care. Dr Vecchio's other research interests inter-relates with the main theme of encouraging individuals to remain living in a community setting and include: mental health and workforce productivity; home health care services; informal carers of people with disabilities; labour market decisions of family members of people with disabilities; hospital accreditation. Dr Vecchio’s project experience includes the evaluation framework for a Primary Health Network and exploring innovative models of respite care, the PHN Triple Aim framework, Intergenerational Care project, WORC (Australian Work Outcomes Research Cost-benefit), the PROMPT study (Promoting Optimal Outcomes in Mood through Psychosocial Therapies) and Leukaemia Foundation Queensland. Her recent publications have appeared in journals such as Economic Analysis and Policy, Health and Social Care in the Community, Healthcare Management Review, Medical Decision Making, Human Resources for Health, Australian Health Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, Journal of Advanced Nursing. Selected project experience include: The Primary Health Network evaluation project. Apply the evaluation framework to identified programs of Primary Health Networks (PHN). Build capability in evaluation by providing structured learning support to further develop the capability for key PHN staff. Design specifications for a Triple Aim framework that align with the Primary Health Network organisational setting. Develop a Triple Aim framework within the context of PHN. The third and most recent PHN project builds on the previous two projects to deliver economic evaluations and recommendations to guide GCPHN towards quality investment of activities in order to achieve Triple Aim framework and determine value for money of services. To ensure the sustainability of the evaluation framework within the organisation a list of recommendations were categorised into two themes: 1. Procedural implementation; and, 2. Sustainability of processes. These themes work together to ensure that the mechanisms required for appropriate and sustainable evaluation frameworks are embedded and reinforced within the organisation. Intergenerational care project. The project involves the investigation and evaluation of innovative models of Inter-Generational Care (IGC) for the early management of older people with cognitive decline and their care-givers in community settings. The initial project involved an investigation of intergenerational care models suitable for the Australian setting. The next project involved a feasibility Study.This was followed by a larger project that included an economic evaluation of the project. The main purpose of this study was to establish evidence base for the benefits of a new model of intergenerational respite care economically, educationally and in terms of workforce development. Dementia Aged Care Research Fund (DACS grant). Further details about the project can be found at Leukaemia Foundation project was designed to estimate the expected relocation costs of out of town haematology patients receiving specialist treatment in Brisbane. Funding was provided by Leukaemia Foundation Queensland. Australian Work Outcomes Research Cost-benefit (WORC) Project was designed to investigate the return on investment, from an employer's perspective, from early detection of depression and facilitating help-seeking behaviours by employees ( The WORC Project was conducted through the University of Queensland as the Australian component of an international study. Primary funding was provided by The Department of Health and Ageing (Mental Health Strategy Branch), Queensland Health, Beyondblue and the Australian Rotary Health Research Foundation. The PROMPT study (Promoting Optimal Outcomes in Mood through Psychosocial Therapies) was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a brief psychosocial intervention in reducing depression and anxiety in patients with cancer. Nerina's role included a cost-effectiveness analysis of psychosocial interventions for cancer patients. The primary funding was provided by Beyondblue.


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