Anurag Sharma

Senior Lecturer (Health Economics) and Co-Director Public Health Programs
Senior Lecturer

I am  a Senior Lecturer in Health Economics and Co-Director of Public Health Programs at School of Population Health. Previously I worked at Centre for Health Economics, Monash University.  I obtained  PhD in Economics from the Australian National University, Canberra. My  research is mainly focussed on answering policy questions regarding:

i) supply and demand side of healthcare management  such as  modelling hospital choice,  tackle overcrowding in Emergency Departments, role of elective surgery waiting times in private hospital utilisation, hospital behaviour under activity based funding, patient safety and workforce development

ii)  health promotion policies and behavioural change: Impact of taxing sugar sweetened beverages on different income groups, body weight and obesity; Impact of alcohol taxation policies on alcohol consumption, pricing strategies to encourage health diet in disadvantaged groups

iii) public health issues in low income settings: Program evaluation to improve maternal and child health (Nepal),  improving nutritional status of children (India), modelling chronic diseases (Mongolia), relationship between poverty and  nutrition (India).

My research involves rigorous applied methods using large and complex datasets. I am currently CI and lead health economist on two NHMRC Partnership Grants and have  been lead CI on one ARC Discovery grant in the past  and  also worked on several consultancy based research contracts including for OECD.  

I have supervised four PhD students to completion (two as main supervisor) and currently supervising  four PhD students as primary supervisor.

I am part of the Health Management Group at the school and convene one core unit of MHM (size ~ 250) and one elective unit (size ~ 80) on introductory and advanced health economics respectively.

Personal Webpage: https://sites.google.com/site/anuragunsw/

Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Anurag_Sharma

 

Journal articles
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Raj SM; Chughtai AA; Sharma A; Tan TC; MacIntyre CR, 2019, 'Cost-benefit analysis of a national influenza vaccination program in preventing hospitalisation costs in Australian adults aged 50–64 years old', Vaccine, vol. 37, pp. 5979 - 5985, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.08.028
2019
Harrison R; Sharma A; Lawton R; Stewart K, 2019, 'Is Physician Mentorship Associated With the Occurrence of Adverse Patient Safety Events?', J Patient Saf, pp. 1 - 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/PTS.0000000000000592
2019
Swaminathan H; Sharma A; Shah NG, 2019, 'Does the relationship between income and child health differ across income groups? Evidence from India', Economic Modelling, vol. 79, pp. 57 - 73, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.econmod.2018.10.001
2019
Sharma A; Vandenberg B, 2019, 'Heterogenous wealth effects of minimum unit price on purchase of alcohol: Evidence using scanner data', PLoS ONE, vol. 14, pp. e0225538, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0225538
2019
Harrison R; Sharma A; Walton M; Esguerra E; Onobrakpor S; Nghia BT; Chinh ND, 2019, 'Responding to adverse patient safety events in Viet Nam', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 19, pp. 677, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-019-4518-y
2019
Chan DKY; Liu FX; Irwanto D; Prasetyo D; Ozorio G; Li F; Smith M; Sharma A; Chen J, 2018, 'Experience of establishing an acute geriatric outreach service versus subacute service to nursing homes', Internal Medicine Journal, vol. 48, pp. 1396 - 1399, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/imj.14104
2018
Harrison R; Lee H; Sharma A, 2018, 'A survey of the impact of patient adverse events and near misses on anaesthetists in Australia and New Zealand', Anaesthesia and intensive care, vol. 46, pp. 510 - 515, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0310057X1804600513
2018
Lamichhane P; Sharma A; Mahal A, 2018, 'Does safe disposal of child faeces matter? An assessment of access to improved sanitation and child faeces disposal behaviour and diarrhoea in rural Nepal', International Health, vol. 10, pp. 277 - 284, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/inthealth/ihy030
2018
Harris A; Sharma A, 2018, 'Estimating the future health and aged care expenditure in Australia with changes in morbidity', PLoS ONE, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0201697
2018
Lamichhane P; Sharma A; Mahal A, 2017, 'Impact of cleaner fuel use and improved stoves on acute respiratory infections: Evidence from India', International Health, vol. 9, pp. 349 - 366, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/inthealth/ihx041
2017
Sharma A; Sinha K; Vandenberg B, 2017, 'Pricing as a means of controlling alcohol consumption', British Medical Bulletin, vol. 123, pp. 149 - 158, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bmb/ldx020
2017
Lamichhane P; Sharma A; Mahal A, 2017, 'Impact evaluation of free delivery care on maternal health service utilisation and neonatal health in Nepal', Health Policy and Planning, vol. 32, pp. 1427 - 1436, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapol/czx124
2017
Sharma A; Etilé F; Sinha K, 2016, 'The Effect of Introducing a Minimum Price on the Distribution of Alcohol Purchase: A Counterfactual Analysis', Health Economics (United Kingdom), vol. 25, pp. 1182 - 1200, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hec.3388
2016
Maitra P; Pal S; Sharma A, 2016, 'Absence of Altruism? Female Disadvantage in Private School Enrollment in India', World Development, vol. 85, pp. 105 - 125, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2016.04.005
2016
Vandenberg B; Sharma A, 2016, 'Are Alcohol Taxation and Pricing Policies Regressive? Product-Level Effects of a Specific Tax and a Minimum Unit Price for Alcohol', Alcohol and alcoholism (Oxford, Oxfordshire), vol. 51, pp. 493 - 502, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agv133
2016
Etilé F; Sharma A, 2015, 'Do High Consumers of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Respond Differently to Price Changes? A Finite Mixture IV-Tobit Approach', Health economics, vol. 24, pp. 1147 - 1163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hec.3157
2015
Sharma A; Vandenberg B; Hollingsworth B, 2014, 'Minimum pricing of alcohol versus volumetric taxation: which policy will reduce heavy consumption without adversely affecting light and moderate consumers?', PloS one, vol. 9, pp. e80936 - e80936, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0080936
2014
Sharma A; Hauck K; Hollingsworth B; Siciliani L, 2014, 'The effects of taxing sugar-sweetened beverages across different income groups', Health Economics (United Kingdom), vol. 23, pp. 1159 - 1184, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hec.3070
2014
Sharma A; Siciliani L; Harris A, 2013, 'Waiting times and socioeconomic status: does sample selection matter?', Economic Modelling, vol. 33, pp. 659 - 667, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.econmod.2013.05.009
2013
Sharma A; Jha R, 2012, 'Fiscal deficits, banking crises and policy reversal in a semi-open economy', Economic Modelling, vol. 29, pp. 271 - 282, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.econmod.2011.10.005
2012
Sharma A; Srivastava P, 2011, 'Does disaggregation affect the relationship between health care expenditure and GDP? An analysis using regime shifts', Australian Economic Papers, vol. 50, pp. 27 - 39, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8454.2011.00409.x
2011
Sharma A; Inder B, 2011, 'Impact of co-located general practitioner (GP) clinics and patient choice on duration of wait in the emergency department', Emergency Medicine Journal, vol. 28, pp. 658 - 661, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/emj.2009.086512
2011
Jha R; Gaiha R; Sharma A, 2010, 'Mean consumption, poverty and inequality in rural India in the 60th round of the National Sample Survey', Journal of Asian and African studies, vol. 45, pp. 485 - 503, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0021909610373892
2010
Harris A; Sharma A, 2010, 'Access block and overcrowding in emergency departments: an empirical analysis', Emergency Medicine Journal, vol. 27, pp. 508 - 511, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/emj.2009.072546
2010
Jha R; Gaiha R; Sharma A, 2009, 'Calorie and micronutrient deprivation and poverty nutrition traps in rural India', World Development, vol. 37, pp. 982 - 991, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2008.09.008
2009
Jha R; Gaiha R; Sharma A, 2009, 'Modelling variety in consumption expenditure on food in India', International Review of Applied Economics, vol. 23, pp. 503 - 519, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02692170902954809
2009
Sharma A, 2009, 'Inter-DRG resource dynamics in a prospective payment system: a stochastic kernel approach', Health care management science, vol. 12, pp. 38 - 55, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10729-008-9078-3
2009
Sharma A, 2008, 'Incomplete reform or opportunity: the role of the banking sector in the credit transmission mechanism in India', Journal of Economic Policy Reform, vol. 11, pp. 273 - 288, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17487870802567315
2008
Jha R; Murthy KVB; Sharma A, 2005, 'Fragmentation of wholesale rice markets in India', Economic and Political Weekly, pp. 5571 - 5577
2005
Jha R; Sharma A, 2004, 'Structural Breaks, Unit Roots, and Cointegration: A further test of the sustainability of the indian fiscal deficit', Public Finance Review, vol. 32, pp. 196 - 219, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1091142103260858
2004
Jha R; Sharma A, 2003, 'Spatial distribution of rural poverty: last three quinquennial rounds of NSS', Economic and Political Weekly, pp. 4985 - 4993
2003
Reports
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Moeller H; Haigh F; Sharma A; Veerman L, 2019, Proposal for a preferred method to cost the health benefits of active transport in New South Wales, NSW Health, Sydney
2019
Working Papers
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Sinha K; Davillas A; Jones AM; Sharma A, 2018, Distributional analysis of the role of breadth and persistence of multiple deprivation in the health gradient measured by biomarkers, WP 18/31, http://dx.doi.org
2018
Maitra P; Pal S; Sharma A, 2014, What Explains the Gender Gap in Private School Enrolment? Recent Evidence from India, http://dx.doi.org
2014
Maitra P; Pal S; Sharma A, 2013, Returns to Schooling, English Skills and Gender Gap in Private School Enrolment: Evidence from India, http://dx.doi.org
2013
Sharma A; Harris A; Richardson J, 2008, Use of elective surgery in public hospitals: modeling access-cost quality trade-offs in a spatial framework, Faculty of Business and Economics, Centre for Health Economics, http://dx.doi.org
2008
Book Chapters
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Sharma A, 2014, 'Poverty Nutrition Traps in Rural India*', in , Oxford University Press, pp. 123 - 141, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099215.003.0006
2014
Sharma A; Harris A, 2013, 'OECD Health Policy Studies Waiting Time Policies in the Health Sector What Works?', in Luigi S; Michael B; Valerie M (ed.), OECD Health Policy Studies Waiting Time Policies in the Health Sector What Works?, OECD Publishing
2013
Sharma A; Harris A, 2013, 'Victoria (2000-2011) in Waiting Time Policies in the Health Sector What Works?', in Victoria (2000-2011) in Waiting Time Policies in the Health Sector What Works?
2013
Jha R; Murthy KVB; Sharma A, 2008, 'Market Integration in Wholesale Rice Markets in India', in , Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 233 - 246, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230228337_13
2008
Jha R; Bhanu Murthy KV; Sharma A, 2008, 'Market integration in wholesale rice markets in India', in The Indian Economy Sixty Years after Independence, pp. 233 - 246, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230228337
2008
Conference Papers
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Vandenberg B; Sharma A, 2013, 'ARE ALCOHOL TAXATION AND PRICING POLICIES REGRESSIVE? A COMPARISON OF VOLUMETRIC TAXATION AND A MINIMUM PRICE FOR ALCOHOL IN AUSTRALIA', in DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW, WILEY-BLACKWELL, WILEY-BLACKWELL 111 RIVER ST, HOBOKEN 07030-5774, NJ USA, pp. 69 - 69, WILEY-BLACKWELL 111 RIVER ST, HOBOKEN 07030-5774, NJ USA, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000326649400214&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2013
Maitra P; Sharma A, 2009, 'Parents and children: Education across generations in India', in 5th annual conference on economic growth and development, ISI Delhi, Delhi
2009
Other
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Maitra P; Sharma A, 2007, Does exercise reduce obesity? evidence from Australia, Monash University Centre for Health Economics
2007
Books
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Jha R; Chand S, A. Sharma (2003)?The Fiscal Constraint on India?s Economic Growth? in R. Jha (ed.) Indian Economic Reforms, Basingstoke, Houndmills, Palgrave Macmillan

Faculty of Medicine Teaching award at UNSW: Award for Educational Excellence (Academic Staff) - 2019

Alan Hodgkinson prize for outstanding contribution to teaching and students learning  - 2017

Category 1

CIE and Health Economics lead: NH&MRC Partnership Grant # GNT1196912 "Community Health workers Extending Care in the Community" (2020-2025). Total Amount: $1,004,341

CIH and Health Economics lead: NH&MRC Partnership Grant # GNT1192469 "Unifying and quality assuring disparate health silos with a common data model." (2020-2023). Total Amount: $735,795

Primary Chief-Investigator (CI A) from 2012-2014:  Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project Grant # DP120102252  The Role of taxes and subsidies in promoting health lifestyles: an economic analysis. Total amount $ 300,000:  2012 $110,000 2013 $100,000 and 2014 $90,000. (Co-Investigators: Bruce Hollingsworth, Robin Room, Cathy Burns, Katharina Hauck,  Luigi Siciliani and Frank Windmeijer).
 

Category 2-4

Investigator from 2019-2021 : Roberts Pizzarotti (NSW) / NSW Government "Well Being of Construction Workers at Concorde Hospital". Total Amount:  $272,512

Investigator 2019: Economic Evaluation of HammondCare Darlinghurst: an aged care home for people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness 

Investigator 2019 : NSW Health  "Develop a preferred method to cost the health benefits of active transport". Total Amount: $81,000

 

Recent Teaching:

Course Convenor: PHCM9441 - Introduction to Health care Economics and Financial Management (T1, 2020) - Blended Delivery- [Evaluation: 5.77/6]

Course Convenor: PHCM9082 - Advanced Health care Economics and Financial Management (T2, 2020) - Blended Delivery- [Evaluation: 5.57/6]