Measuring Productivity in Healthcare

Monday 10 October 2016 at the University of Melbourne


A one day short course at the Melbourne Institute at 9.30am to 4.30pm on Monday 10 October 2016.

Why is this important? Measuring and understanding productivity in health care is essential in ensuring health services are using their resources efficiently.  Governments are increasingly interested in enhancing accountability and ensuring health services are performing well.  

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What will you learn? This one-day course will provide an introduction to the measurement of productivity in health care.  You will learn about the practical experience of measuring productivity, with examples focusing on hospital productivity. Participants will learn:

  • how to define the productivity of health care organisations and its relationship to efficiency and other dimensions of performance,
  • what data are required to measure productivity, and
  • issues on how to incorporate quality and health outcome measures into measures of productivity. 

Who should attend? There are no formal pre-requisites, though it would suit those with a quantitative background from within government and the health sector

This course includes a special guest lecture by Professor Andrew Street from the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York.  He is closely involved in measuring productivity for the NHS.

Course Structure

You will be welcomed by Professor Anthony Scott, who will give an overview and discuss the conceptual framework and key concepts to be covered in this course. Associate Professor Jongsay Yong will next provide an outline of approaches used to measure productivity, followed by a discussion of practical issues in measuring hospital productivity using data from Victoria. Professor Andrew Street will then discuss his experience in measuring hospital productivity in the context of the UK National Health Service; a special emphasis will be on issues arising from bringing quality into the picture.
The course will include a mix of lectures and interactive group work.

Course Instructors

  • Professor Anthony Scott, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Jongsay Yong, Melbourne Institute, The University of Melbourne
  • Professor Andrew Street, Centre for Health Economics, The University of York





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