Deborah Schofield


  • Director, Centre for Economic Impacts of Genomic Medicine & Professor and Chair of Health Economics, Department of Economics
1994 …2022
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Professor Deborah Schofield is the inaugural Director of GenIMPACT: Centre for Economic Impacts of Genomic Medicine, in the Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Economics, at Macquarie University. Professor Schofield has established herself is one of a handful of international leaders in the new field of economics of genomic medicine. She has been awarded more than $100 million in grant funding and has published over 200 papers. Although she has worked as an economist for two decades, Professor Schofield commenced her career as a Speech Pathologist running a paediatric clinic where she worked with children with developmental disorders and disabilities.  

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Projects 1995 2022

Critical illness in children: Can we afford to neglect the psychosocial risks? The impact, acceptability, and costeffectiveness of routine psychosocial assessment and stepped care for families of infants with heart disease

Kasparian, N., Schofield, D., Austin, M., Winlaw, D. S., Girgis, A., Sholler, G. F., Rose, D., Blake, J., Descallar, J., Leclair, K., Walker, K., Reilly, N. & Bryant, R.


Project: Other

The primary care management and impact of osteoarthritis: learning from big data

Abbott, J. H., Dowell, T., Hefford, M., Wilson, R., Audas, R., Kvizhinadze, G., Darlow, B., Schofield, D. & Blakely, T.


Project: Research

A Centre of Research Excellence in Adolescent Health: Making health services work for adolescents in a digital age. [Funded by NHMRC; Total Awarded; $2,500,000 APP1134894]

Steinbeck, K., Skinner, S. R., Sanci, L., Schofield, D., Brooks, F., Dawson, A., Ivers, R. Q., Perry, L., Liu, B., Collin, P., Third, A., Mooney-Somers, J., Straker, L., Baur, L. A., Kang, M., Hazell, P., Gibson, S., Eades, S. & Sawyer, S. M.


Project: Research

Research Output 1994 2019

Does genomic sequencing early in the diagnostic trajectory make a difference? A follow-up study of clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness

Stark, Z., Schofield, D., Martyn, M., Rynehart, L., Shrestha, R., Alam, K., Lunke, S., Tan, T. Y., Gaff, C. L. & White, S. M., Jan 2019, In : Genetics in Medicine. 21, 1, p. 173-180 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Cost-Benefit Analysis
Quality-Adjusted Life Years
Costs and Cost Analysis

Economic costs of informal care for people with chronic diseases in the community: Lost income, extra welfare payments, and reduced taxes in Australia in 2015–2030

Schofield, D., Shrestha, R. N., Zeppel, M. J. B., Cunich, M. M., Tanton, R., Veerman, J. L., Kelly, S. J. & Passey, M. E., Mar 2019, In : Health and Social Care in the Community. 27, 2, p. 493-501 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Patient Care
Chronic Disease

Productivity costs of cardiovascular disease mortality across disease types and socioeconomic groups

Carter, H. E., Schofield, D. & Shrestha, R., 1 Feb 2019, In : Open Heart. 6, 1, 8 p., e000939.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Cost of Illness
Cardiovascular Diseases
Premature Mortality

A Brief, global history of microsimulation models in health: past applications, lessons learned and future directions

Schofield, D. J., Zeppel, M. J. B., Tan, O., Lymer, S., Cunich, M. M. & Shrestha, R. N., 1 Mar 2018, In : International Journal of Microsimulation. 11, 1, p. 97-142 46 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Model Error

Application of next-generation sequencing to improve cancer management: A review of the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness

Tan, O., Shrestha, R., Cunich, M. & Schofield, D. J., Mar 2018, In : Clinical Genetics. 93, 3, p. 533-544 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Cost-Benefit Analysis
Costs and Cost Analysis

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Oral presentation

NCDMod: a microsimulation model exploring the economic impacts of obesity interventions in Australia

Sharyn Lymer (Speaker), Deborah Schofield (Speaker), Stephen Colagiuri (Speaker), Crystal Man Ying Lee (Speaker)
14 Oct 201515 Oct 2015

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation