Dr Richard Gray & Miss Ye Zhang – Celebrating Health Economics and Health Systems Research at the Kirby Institute

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Tuesday, 3 August 2021 - 1:00pm

Webinar via Zoom
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Rata Joseph, +61 (2) 9385 0900 or info@kirby.unsw.edu.au
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Kirby Institute Seminar Series presents

Dr Richard Gray  

Dr Richard Gray
Senior Lecturer, Surveillance and Evaluation Research Program, Kirby Institute

Dr Richard Gray is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kirby Institute. His research focuses on mathematical epidemiology and the use of mathematical models to investigate the transmission of infectious diseases. A key aim of his research is to evaluate the impact of public health strategies and inform public health policy.

Miss Ye Zhang  

Miss Ye Zhang
PhD Student, Surveillance and Evaluation Research Program, Kirby Institute

Ye Zhang is a Scientia PhD Student at Kirby Institute. She completed a master's degree in public health from Lund University in 2014. Since then, she has worked as a research coordinator and research assistant in China on using crowdsourcing to promote HIV and syphilis testing among gay and bisexual men (GBM) and transgender individuals. Her PhD project focuses on using mixed method approaches to understand the preferences for and constrains to the implementation of HIV self-testing among GBM in the real-world setting. Her main research interests include technology innovation, infectious diseases prevention, sexual health and mental health.



The Kirby Institute's Cross Cutting Initiative in Health Economics and Health Systems is pleased to present its first webinar in this series celebrating the world class research being done at the Kirby Institute.

Assessing the cost-effectiveness of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention programs in Australian gay men
Dr Richard Gray
HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is now one of the key components of Australia’s HIV response. Its use among gay and bisexual men has scaled-up rapidly and it has contributed to a decline in new HIV infections. But is it cost-effective? Here we present modelling work conducted prior to PrEP’s listing on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the approach required for assessing its cost-effectiveness.

Closing the gap: preferences for HIV testing among migrant men in Australia
Miss Ye Zhang
HIV self-testing is a promising tool to improve HIV test uptake among overseas-born men who have sex with men (MSM). This presentation will explore the results of two discrete choice experiments investigating the preferences for HIV testing services among MSM born in Australia versus overseas. Latent class analysis and mixed logit models were used to explore preference heterogeneity.

Opinions expressed in the Kirby Institute Seminar Series are solely those of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of the Kirby Institute or UNSW.