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Bonny is a Senior Research Fellow at MUCHE. Prior to joining MUCHE she was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics, Research and Evaluation at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) for six years. She has also worked at AstraZeneca in the United Kingdom as a senior health economist, Access Economics in Canberra as a senior economist, and the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Centre at the Australian National University as an Assistant researcher.


Bonny’s expertise is in pharmaceutical policy in Australia, conducting and reviewing economic evaluations of healthcare interventions and technologies, and analysing linked administrative data to inform economic evaluations. Dr Parkinson leads a team of researchers conducting evaluations of submissions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and researching economic evaluation methodology. She was a member of the Ezetimibe Review Reference Group for the Australian Government Department of Health (2016-2017). Her PhD was on “Pharmaceutical Policy in Australia: Developing Methods to Manage Uncertainty in Health Technology Assessment”, for which she received the UTS Chancellor’s List award in 2016.

During her time at UTS she conducted numerous evaluations of submissions to the PBAC, the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) and the National Diabetes Subsidy Scheme (NDSS). For this work she was awarded the UTS Research Excellence Through Partnership award in 2013. In recognition of her expertise in reviewing economic evaluations, she was an invited member of the international Delphi panel which developed the AdViSHE tool – a tool that can be used to assess the validation status of health economic decision models.

Bonny has excellent skills in presenting complex economic research in ways that captivates an audience’s attention and is understandable. She teaches health economics as of the Masters of Public Health and regularly teaches short courses on economic evaluation.  In 2014 she was invited by the Australian Chapter of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) to present at the workshop ‘Risky Business: Decision Making in Healthcare with Economic Uncertainty’, and in 2018 she was invited to present and participate in a panel at the workshop on ‘PBAC submissions’.

Bonny was also an executive member of the Australian Health Economics Society (AHES) committee (2012-2016). In 2015-2016 she was acting secretary and was involved with organising the 2015 AHES conference. She is currently co-organising the 2017 AHES conference in Sydney. In 2013 and 2014, Bonny co-conceived and co-organised the first and second Australian Health Economics Doctoral workshop. The feedback from participants was very positive in the first two years that the workshop is now a permanent fixture of the annual Australian Health Economics Society conference.

Education/Academic qualification

Health Economics, Doctor of philosophy


Health Economics, Master of Science, University of York


Economics, Econometrics, Bachelor of Economics (Honours), Australian National University


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Australian hitech manufacturer takes-on prostate cancer

Parkinson, B., Gillatt, D., Krenus, D. & Hicks, R. J.


Project: Research

Hide and seek with hereditary cancer: Improving detection of colorectal cancer patients with a high risk of Lynch syndrome

Taylor, N., Tucker, K., Macrae, F., Gill, A. J., Canfell, K., Pachter, N., Parkinson, B., Solomon, M., Shaw, T., Kench, J. G., Mitchell, G., Williams, R., Lakhani, S., Marfan, H., Debono, D., Long, J., Morris, S., Phan-Thien, K., Wright, C. M. & Potter, M.


Project: Research

Research Outputs

Health system sustainability: the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in Australia

Epp, J., Parkinson, B. & Hawse, S., 2020, Industry and higher education: case studies for sustainable futures. Wood, L., Tan, L. P., Breyer, Y. A. & Hawse, S. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, Springer Nature, p. 13-44 32 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Comparing theory and non-theory based implementation approaches to improving referral practices in cancer genetics: a cluster randomised trial protocol

    Morrow, A., Hogden, E., Kang, Y-J., Steinberg, J., Canfell, K., Solomon, M., Kench, J. G., Gill, A. J., Shaw, T., Pachter, N., Parkinson, B., Wolfenden, L., Mitchell, G., Macrae, F. A., Tucker, K. & Taylor, N., 20 Jun 2019, In : Trials. 20, 1, 12 p., 373.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    6 Downloads (Pure)
  • Economic evaluations of childhood hearing loss screening programmes: A systematic review and critique

    Sharma, R., Gu, Y., Ching, T. Y. C., Marnane, V. & Parkinson, B., Jun 2019, In : Applied Health Economics and Health Policy. 17, 3, p. 331-357 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Health technology assessment of curative interventions - an old problem with new issues

    Bullement, A., Hatswell, A., Parkinson, B. & Bharmal, M., May 2019, In : Value & Outcomes Spotlight. 5, 3, p. 16-18 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Activities

    Career pathways after a PhD

    Bonny Parkinson (Speaker)
    24 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Introducing Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs)

    Bonny Parkinson (Speaker)
    25 Sep 201826 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Section 3: Economic evaluation

    Bonny Parkinson (Speaker)
    3 Dec 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    An economic evaluation framework to inform the scheduling of medicines in Australia

    Bonny Parkinson (Speaker)
    30 May 20181 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    An economic framework to inform the scheduling of drugs

    Bonny Parkinson (Speaker)
    17 Oct 201719 Oct 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Press / Media


    Australian technology detecting hearing loss in children

    Mutsa Gumbie (Participant), Henry Cutler (Participant), Bonny Parkinson (Participant), Rachel Song (Participant), Ross Bowman (Participant), Harvey Dillon (Participant), Carolyn Mee (Participant)

    Impact: Public policy impacts, Quality of life impacts, Social impacts

    Enhancing medicine scheduling decisions through economics

    Bonny Parkinson (Participant), Henry Cutler (Participant), Mutsa Gumbie (Participant), Natalie Gauld (Participant), Virginia Mumford (Participant), Philip Haywood (Participant)

    Impact: Public policy impacts, Economic impacts, Quality of life impacts

    Improving health and spending money wisely: evaluating medicines and vaccines for the Australian Government

    Henry Cutler (Participant), Bonny Parkinson (Participant), Martin Hoyle (Participant), Mutsa Gumbie (Participant), Rachel Song (Participant), Andrew Partington (Participant), Varinder Jeet (Participant), Elizabeth Seil (Participant), Alicia Norman (Participant), Virginia Mumford (Participant), Sanjyot Vagholkar (Participant), Lisa Pont (Participant), Janaki Amin (Participant)

    Impact: Quality of life impacts, Economic impacts, Public policy impacts