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Dr. Bilgrami is a Research Fellow at the Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy and a recipient of a Macquarie University Covid Recovery Fellowship to undertake aged care research in 2022.

She is a Health Economist with experience in economics consulting work (previously as a Senior Economist and Manager at Deloitte Access Economics), policy and program evaluation, and academic research. She is passionate about producing high-quality research to improve decision making and health care policy design in Australia and specialises in causal inference and policy evaluation. Anam's mix of research experience in academia and industry has equipped her to be a thorough, effective and impactful research specialist.

She completed her PhD in Health Economics with the Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy. Her research has been published in the prestigious journal, Health Economics (ranked A* on ABDC). She was also recently awarded the 2020 Macquarie Business School Award for Research Excellence in Economics and was a Highly Commended Finalist for Excellence in Higher Degree Research 2021 ('The Rising Stars').

Bilgrami, A.*, Sinha, K. and Cutler, H. (2020), 'The impact of introducing a national scheme for paid parental leave on maternal mental health outcomes', Vol. 29, Issue 12, pages 1657-1681, Health Economics. doi:10.1002/hec.4164
(ABDC ranking: A*)

Bilgrami, A.*, Cutler, H., Sinha, K. and Cheng, Z. (2021), 'The impact of means-tested premium rebates and tax penalties on the demand for private hospital cover in Australia', https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1475-4932.12603, Economic Record (ABDC ranking: A). 

LIST OF PAST CONSULTANCY REPORTS: https://www.mq.edu.au/research/research-centres-groups-and-facilities/prosperous-economies/centres/centre-for-the-health-economy/our-people/team-bios/adam-bilgrami/


  • Australian Health Economics Society (AHES) Annual conference September 2021 (Virtual)
  • 2021 Australian Conference of Economists (ACE) (Virtual)
  • Winter 2020 Health Economists' Study Group (HESG) - Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, January 2020
  • 32nd PhD Conference at Australian National University, October 2019, Canberra ACT
  • Australian Health Economics Society (AHES) Annual conference September 2019, Melbourne, VIC
  • IHEA Biennial World Congress July 2017, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  • 8th Australasian Workshop for Econometrics and Health Economics May 2017 Airlie Beach, QLD.
  • Australian Health Economics Society (AHES) Annual conference September 2016, Fremantle, WA
  • Conference of the Hospital in the Home Society 2011, Sydney


  • 2022 MQBS Impact Story Prize
  • 2022 MQ Covid Recovery Fellowship
  • 2021 MQ Highly Commended Finalist for Excellence in Higher Degree Research
  • 2021 and 2022 Macquarie University Research Productivity Support Scheme ($9,667)
  • 2020 Macquarie Business School Award for Research Excellence in Economics
  • Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund grant recipient ($5000)
  • Dr Melanie Beresford Scholarship 2019
  • Macquarie Research Excellence Stipend Scholarship PhD/MRes study 2016-2020
  • Grade of 91% on MRes thesis (High Distinction)
  • Vice Chancellor’s Commendation, Academic Excellence (Undergrad)(GPA4.0/4.0)
  • MQ Merit Certificates for Outstanding Academic Performance in 2005-2008
  • First Place with a Grade of 100% - Environmental Economics Unit at Macquarie
  • MQ 2007 Victor Argy Prize for Proficiency in Macroeconomic Policy (First Place)
  • MQ 2006 Finance Prize for Proficiency in Financial Management (First Place) 

EXPERTISE: Policy evaluation | Causal inference | Valuation studies | Disease-cost burden

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University

1 Apr 20171 Oct 2020

Award Date: 22 Feb 2021

Master of Research, Macquarie University

1 Jan 201631 Dec 2016

Award Date: 1 Apr 2017

Master of Economics (Economic Analysis and Policy), Macquarie University


Award Date: 1 Apr 2014

Bachelor of Economics and Applied Finance


Award Date: 1 Apr 2009

External positions

GLO Fellow, Global Labor Organization

Jan 2021 → …

HEDG Affiliate, Health Economics Data Group - York University

2021 → …

Committee Member, Women In Economics Network (WEN) NSW

2021 → …

Manager, Senior Economist, Health Economist, Deloitte Access Economics

9 Feb 20091 Oct 2014


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