How much is your life worth?


Friday, 8 April, 2016 -
16:00 to 17:00


AOP Seminar Room, School of Optometry and Vision Science, Level 2, Room 2.030, North Wing, Rupert Myers Building, Gate 14 Barker Street, UNSW Australia


School of Optometry and Vision Science

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This presentation will describe ways in which human life and health are valued in $$ terms.

Quantifying health outcomes in this way is helpful to governments and policy-makers who are constantly faced with decisions on ways to make best use of their limited health budgets. For example, if a decision maker had to choose between funding a child immunisation program or subsidise a new drug to improve visual outcomes of people with macular degeneration, how could such a decision be reached objectively?  The presentation will be particularly useful for those involved in writing government grant applications. The presentation will give an introduction to basic health economic principles, discuss methods used to quantify health outcomes with a focus on quantifying quality of life and an overview of health economic research in the ophthalmic field.


Dr Nina Tahhan is an optometrist who was awarded her PhD in 2013 from the School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales for her research on the impact of uncorrected refractive error on quality of life and the cost-effectiveness of its correction. Nina’s interest in uncorrected refractive error was precipitated by years of work in disadvantaged communities in Australia and internationally. Nina has delivered eye care services and education to help build local eye care capacity in Sri Lanka, Mongolia, India and Aboriginal communities in the Kimbery, Arnhem land, the Tiwi islands and in remote areas of NSW with the Royal Flying Doctor service.

Nina also has a Masters in Public Health and has a history in contact lens research. Nina has presented and published research findings at numerous international and domestic conferences and in peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed journals. Nina is currently employed at the Brien Holden Vision Institute as Manager of Science and Business Development and is a Visiting fellow of School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia.