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Centre for the Health Economy

The Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE) is an applied research centre focused on investigating the Australian health, ageing and disability sectors at the macro level, with particular focus on the interdependencies of the systems with each other, and the broader community. 

The primary objective of the Centre is to provide government, business, and not-for-profit organisations with world-leading independent and applied research, which can be used to inform public debate, assist government and business decision-making, and help formulate strategy and policy. 

Our Vison

To be the leading health and human services policy research centre in Australia, and the first choice for business, government and students. 

Our Mission

To improve efficiency and equity within Australian health and human services sectors through, independent, innovative and policy relevant research.

Centre Goals

The Centre is working towards achieving seven key goals to ensure it realises its vision.


What we do

The Centre undertakes different types of research depending upon the area being investigated.  The type of research work we do includes:

  • Economic Evaluation
  • Policy Analysis
  • Program Evaluation
  • Econometrics
  • Health Technology Assessment
  • Choice Modelling

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The value we bring

The rapidly changing demographic requires an understanding the challenges ahead and how best to address them, in order to ensure sustainable health care services and infrastructure. Our key focus areas of study mirror the changing demographics, with an emphasis on quantifying value, in terms of performance and the developing competitive environment. 

The primary objective of MUCHE is to produce research that contributes to public debate. This includes working closely with government and non government organisations to facilitate better informed decisions on policy and resource decisions related to health and human services. 

In addition to the Centre's collaboration with the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Human Services, MUCHE is complemented by a number of recent investments in health research and service delivery by the University. This includes: 

  • A new private hospital owned and operated by Macquarie University on campus 
  • The development of a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences 
  • The relocation of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) from the University of NSW. 

The Centre focuses on key areas, including Integrated Care, Aged Care, Disability, Medical Technology and R&D. Currently our work falls within three main areas of study: Financing, Performance, Competition and Workforce.