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VISES was established as the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES), at Victoria University in 1993, and is now one of the leading applied economic research groups in Australia. Its research output is of high quality and is influential at both national and international levels.

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2016 WHO/VISES HEALTH RESEARCH  PRESENTED IN WASHINGTON DC

WHO/World Bank
The VISES team in conjunction with WHO produced the first global estimate of potential returns on investing in treatment programs for depression and anxiety. Results were published in Lancet Psychiatry (Chishom et al. 2016). The research was also presented and discussed at a workshop in Washington DC in conjunction with the World Bank and WHO meeting Out of the Shadows: Making Mental Health a Global Development Priority, on 13-14 April 2016. This resulted in a press release and extensive media coverage:
WHO & World Bank
New York Times
The Guardian
USA Today
NPR Morning Edition
CNN
Newsweek
Voice of America
Reuters
AllAfrica (UN News)
AllAfrica
CBC.com (Canada)

US Chamber of Commerce
Bruce Rasmussen was invited by the USCC to present a VISES report they published Health and the Economy: The Impact of Wellness on Workforce Productivity in Global Markets, at their Global Initiative on Health and Economy meeting in Washington DC on 15 April 2016. The USCC media release stated the report was "the first of its kind to examine productivity losses that arise from absenteeism, presenteeism and early retirement".


2016 VISES HEALTH RESEARCH REPORT LAUNCHED BY RANZCP

A VISES report The Economic Cost of Serious Mental Illness and Comorbidities in Australia and New Zealand, was published and launched by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Funded by RANZCP and the Mitchell Institute.
RANZCP media release
The Age
Sydney Morning Herald

2015 LAUNCH OF GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

On 12 November 2015, VISES launched the Green Infrastructure Economic Framework report at a breakfast function hosted by the VU Chancellor George Pappas.

The purpose of the framework is to help local government value the benefits of green infrastructure, especially for adapting to climate change.

This framework contributes to the project Assessing the Economic Value of Green Infrastructure. It was led by the City of Melbourne, with partner councils from the cities of Banyule, Kingston and Moonee Valley, and supported by funding from the Victorian Government.
Go to project page and download reports.


Prof. Roger Jones at breakfast launch of Green Infrastructure Economic Framework report, Melbourne, November 2015.


2015-16 LATEST JOURNAL ARTICLES AND CHAPTER

Lancet Psychiatry
Scaling-up treatment of depression and anxiety: A global return on investment analysis
by D. Chisholm et al. 2016.

The Lancet
Reductions in stillbirths: More than a triple return on investment
by P. ten Hoope-Bender, K. Stenberg and K. Sweeny, 2016
(vol. 387, no. 10018, pp. 505-618).

DCP3 book chapter
Stenberg et al. 2016, ‘Returns on investment in the continuum of care for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health’, in  Disease Control Priorities, 3rd Edition (DCP3), World Bank.

Economic Modelling
Revisiting sulfur Kuznets curves with endogenous breaks modeling: Substantial evidence of inverted-Us/Vs for individual OECD countries’
by B. Liddle and G. Messinis 2015
(vol. 49, pp. 278-285).

 

2015-2016 UNFPA PROJECT

Investment in Improving Health, Education and other Outcomes for Adolescents
VISES was granted funding of US$200,000 for this project which documents the return to interventions to improve the welfare of adolescents in 74 developing countries around the world. Funding was granted by the United Nations Population Fund that works to ensure universal access to reproductive health, including family planning and sexual health to all couples and individuals.
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2016 NEW VISES PROJECT

The Economic Benefits of Cultural Diversity
VISES was granted funding of $97,000 by the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria). Primary research outcomes for the project are to identify benefits and costs of cultural diversity and develop a framework for future monitoring.
1.1. To identify and present evidence of the material economic benefits that cultural diversity brings to the state;
1.2. To identify and present evidence of the costs associated with poor or degraded social cohesion to Victorian communities.
2. Development of a framework and methodology for longitudinal monitoring, analysis and reporting.
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OTHER CURRENT VISES  PROJECTS

Mapping and Understanding Bushfire and Natural Hazard Vulnerability and Risk at the Institutional Scale
Funded by the Bushfire CRC.

New reports 2016:

Mapping and Understanding Bushfire and Natural Hazard Vulnerability and Risks at the Institutional Scale, Annual Project Report 2015–2016

Institutional Maps of Risk Ownership for Strategic Decision Making

Understanding Values at Risk And Risk Ownership: Workshop Synthesis Report 

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Measurement Framework for Economic and Social Costs of NCDs
Funded by WHO and Mitchell Institute
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