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Current Work


1. NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (APP1159536) ‘Value in Maternity Care: Harnessing the power of big data’ Callander E. 2019 – 2022. $437,036.


Category 1 funding (NHMRC/MRFF)

1. NHMRC Project Grant ‘WOmen's action for Mums and Bubs (WOMB): A pragmatic trial of participatory women's groups to improve Indigenous maternal and child health’ (APP1146013) Larkins S, Taylor J, Cadet-James Y, Bailie R, Farmer J, Passey M, Felton-Busch C, Matthews V, Callander E, Evans R. 2018 – 2022, $1,766,216.

2. MRFF Accelerated Research Program, ‘Preventing Stillbirth: the Australian Safe Baby Bundle’ Flenady V, Ellwood D, Middleton P, Gordon A, Morris J, Boyle F, Coory M, Stuart-Butler D, Callander E, Andrews C, Wallace E, Lynch K, Gardener G. 2019 – 2023. $3,000,000

3. NHMRC Partnership Grant, ‘Assessing the impact of a stillbirth prevention bundle of care for improving best practice care for women during pregnancy in Australia’ (APP1169829) 2018 – 2023 $2,792,000 [Associate Investigator – lead health economist].

4. NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth (APP1116640) 2017 – 2021. $2,496,000 [Associate Investigator – lead health economist].

5. NHMRC Project Grant (APP1070370), ‘Should we treat iron deficiency anaemia of pregnancy with lactoferrin? A randomised controlled trial’, Tarnow-Mordi W, Dibley M, Norman J, Reynolds R, Callander E. 2014 – 2020. $2,636,507.

6. NHMRC Project Grant (APP1067363), ‘My Baby's Movements: A stepped wedged cluster randomised trial of maternal awareness and reporting of decreased fetal movements to reduce stillbirth’, Flenady V, Gardener G, Middleton P, Coory M, Ellwood D, Crowther C, East C, Callander E, Norman J, Boyl F. 2014 – 2019. $1,364,274.

Other funding

7. Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, ‘Economic evaluation of right@home program for infants and children’. Callander E. 2019-2020. $67,513.

8. Gold Coast University Hospital, ‘Costs of pelvic mesh implants and the impact of the Queensland Pelvic Mesh Service’ Callander E. 2019-2020. $22,000.

9. Gold Coast University Hospital ‘Economic Evaluation: Comparing midwifery caseload with other maternity models of care.’ Brittain H., Callander E., Gamble J., Creedy D., Ellwood D., Toohill J., Slavin V. 2019-2020. $49,236.

10. Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service ‘Cellulitis Outpatient Intravenous Antibiotic Study in the Torres (COAST) - economic evaluation’ Callander E. 2019 $22,006.

11. Menzies School of Health Research, ‘Factors associated with adjuvant endocrine therapy and radiation therapy underuse in Indigenous and non-Indigenous women with breast cancer’ Callander E. 2019 – 2021, $50,000.

12. Gold Coast University Hospital ‘Responding to domestic and family violence in the context of maternity care: Applying a trauma and violence informed care framework to better understand how to optimise an integrated response.’ Carrasco, A., Fenwick, J., Creedy, D., Baird, K., Boddy, J., Nelson, J., Callander E., Tighe, K., O'Malley R. 2017-2020. $100,000.

13. Australian Government Department of Health, ‘National Research Project on Remote Radiology Assessment Service Delivery Model’ Larkins S, Evans R, Preston R, Callander E, Sabesan S. 2017 – 2019. $350,000.

Expertise Keywords

  • Equity
  • Health Economics
  • maternal and child health

Subject Area Codes

  • Health Economics

Research Publications and Outputs

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Supervision Overview

Current students:

Ms Nicole Bates - “Quantifying the health system and patient resource use and expenditure for cancer in Queensland, Australia”

Ms Lisa Corscadden - “Measuring performance in mental health care with a focus on vulnerable groups in Australia”

Ms Lisa Simmons - "Evaluation of a University-based, Student-Led Health Clinic"

Ms Bonnie Eklon - "Productivity of Queensland Hospitals"

Ms Haylee Fox - "Monitoring equity within Australia’s universal health system: a focus on maternal health care”

Ms Amy Brown - “Performance and Health Economic Assessment of Motion Tracking for Prostate Cancer Radiation Therapy”

Ms Melanie Lloyd - “Recovery from community-acquired pneumonia: measuring clinical, economic and patient-reported outcomes in an elderly multi-morbid population.”

Ms Cindy Matthews - “Measuring Person-Centred Healthcare”

Completed Students:

Dr Kerryn Atwell, Master Dissertation, "Potential survival and quality of life after premature birth at 23 weeks gestation"

Ms Nicole Page, Master Dissertation Masters, “The child chronic health conditions are keeping carers out of the labour force in Australia”

Dr Miriam Boga, Masters Dissertation, “Economic Burden of Diabetes in Papua New Guinea: A cost-of-illness study for Diabetes Mellitus at Port Moresby General Hospital”

Dr Faith Alele, Masters Dissertation, "A cost analysis of non-urgent childhood illness presentation at the emergency department: The role of socioeconomic status”

Mr Mike Stephens, Masters Dissertation, “Economic Evaluation of Indigenous Healthcare Programs in Northern Australia: a review”



Associate Professor Callander is a Principal Research Fellow at Centre for Applied Health Economics, Griffith University. She specialises in maternal and early childhood health economics.

She gained a PhD in Health Economics from the University of Sydney in 2012. She has worked as an economics academic since 2007 initially at Griffith University and the University of Sydney and has now returned to Griffith University. Associate Professor Callander has held continuous NHMRC funding throughout her career. She has previously held an NHMRC PhD Scholarship and NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (GNT1052742), and currently holds a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (GNT1159536), and in 2017 was awarded a Queensland Young Tall Poppies Science Award.

Associate Professor Callander has been involved in attracting over $12 million in competitive research funding, as either the lead investigator or lead health economist for her work. Dr Callander developed Australia’s first models of patient costs and outcomes based on linked administrative data for mothers and babies. Along with members of the health economics team at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, she has also undertaken internationally leading work on microsimulation modelling of the productivity impacts of ill health, which has been presented at the National Press Club, and annual presentations to the Commonwealth Treasury and Department of Health and Ageing. Pfizer UK and Pfizer Canada have also funded replications of this work. Her research on out of pocket expenditure in Australia has been directly cited by the Shadow Minister for Health to justify Federal Labor’s campaign to overturn the Medicare rebate freeze, and consistently generated large amounts of media interest with articles in ABC Online, The Guardian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Courier Mail, Money Magazine and Australian Financial Review.

Associate Professor Callander is currently leading the health economics evaluation components of three large NHMRC Project Grant funded perinatal clinical trials, plus the health economic component of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Stillbirth (GNT1116640). As part of her involvement in these trials, she is integrating her research on inequality and indirect impacts of poor health into the health economic evaluation design.

She works closely with leading health and medical research institutes across Australia including the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, Charles Perkins Centre, Mater Research Institute and the Menzies School of Health Research. CI Callander has had ongoing industry collaboration throughout her career – including working with Pfizer Australia to quantify the impact of chronic disease on income, tax and welfare payments, and to assess the impact of Lyrica® on labour force participation; Abbvie Pty Ltd to assess the economic impact of ankylosing spondylitis; National Seniors Australia and Illawarra Retirement Trust to assess the impact on increasing the retirement age to 70 on labour force participation; and the NSW Ministry of Health and Health Workforce Australia to conduct health workforce modelling. She is currently working with Department of Health, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation to evaluate a health workforce intervention.

In total she currently supervises 9 PhD students. Of her students, 70% have been awarded competitive research scholarships. She has previously supervised four Masters research students to completion. In 2018 she was awarded an Early Career Supervisor of the Year award.

Associate Professor Callander has authored 90 peer-reviewed publications, plus 1 book chapter and 7 commissioned reports, despite career interruption due to maternity leave. These have been in highly regarded international journals such as Pediatrics, Nature Reviews Rheumatology, Arthritis and Rheumatology, British Journal of Psychiatry, Pain, and Health Economics.

Education and Training

  • PhD Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney 2010 - 2013
  • BA Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University 2006 - 2008

Academic experience

  • Principal Research Fellow, James Cook University 2017 - 2018
  • NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, James Cook University 2015 - 2017
  • NHMRC Research Fellow, University of Sydney 2013 - 2015
  • Research Officer, University of Sydney 2008 - 2013

Awards and Honours

  • Young Tall Poppy Science Award, ATSIP 2017 - 2017
  • Early Career Fellowship, NHMRC 2014 - 2017
  • Doctoral Scholarship, NHMRC 2010 - 2013