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News 2017

2017 VISES/UNFPA HEALTH RESEARCH PUBLISHED IN THE LANCET AND PRESENTED IN WASHINGTON DC

A VISES team in conjunction with UNFPA published research in The Lancet finding that investing in adolescent health and education could bring 10-fold economic benefit. This generation of young people can transform all our futures. There is no more pressing task in global health than ensuring they have the resources to do so. There are 1.8 billion adolescents in the world today – the largest generation of adolescents in the world’s history. Investments in adolescent health and wellbeing will not only transform the lives of girls and boys around the world, but will also generate high economic returns, especially in low income countries. Read the new analysis in The Lancet, published 20 April 2017.
On 20 April 2017, the World Bank discussed adolescents as part of their flagship event in Washington DC – details here. Copies of the Lancet Adolescent Health Commission and the investment case paper were available at the event. Lancet media release.

2017 VISES LATEST JOURNAL ARTICLE

The Lancet
Building the foundations for sustainable development: A case for global investment in the capabilities of adolescents
by P. Sheehan, K. Sweeny, B. Rasmussen et al. 2017.

2015-2016 VISES/UNFPA PROJECT

Investment in Improving Health, Education and other Outcomes for Adolescents
VISES was granted funding of US$185,658 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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2017 FINAL REPORT TO NECTAR

The report Estimating the Value and Impact of Nectar Virtual Laboratories, has been finalised and published, for the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources project (Nectar). It studied three Nectar-supported virtual laboratories across different disciplines.

Nectar Virtual Labs investment has huge economic and research impact: new report

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OTHER 2016-17 VISES PROJECTS

Mapping and Understanding Bushfire and Natural Hazard Vulnerability and Risk at the Institutional Scale
Funded by the Bushfire and Natural Hazard 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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2017 VISES PROJECTS

Building Strength and Capability Through Diversity 2017-2019
Funded by the Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC.
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Scoping Study: Costs of Climate Change Impacts on the Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing 2018
Funded by the Victoria Department of Health and Human Services.
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Regional and Sectoral Vulnerability Assessment for Victoria Phase I 2017
Funded by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
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Developing Robust Indicators for Valuing Laneway Greening 2017
Funded by the City of Melbourne.
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Survey on Human Resources per Household: Timor-Leste 2017
Funded by the Government of Timor Leste.
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Provision of Training for Understanding and Applying Risk Ownership to Natural Hazard Risk 2017
Funded by the Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC.
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News 2016

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)


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

VISES ADJUNCT PROFESSOR ANNOUNCED 2016 ACT SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Professor Greg Tegart, VISES Adjunct Professor is a leading advocate for technology that improves the quality of life of aged and disabled people. Read more
2016 WHO/VISES HEALTH RESEARCH  PRESENTED IN WASHINGTON DC

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".

2015-16 LATEST JOURNAL ARTICLES AND CHAPTER

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

The Lancet 2016
Reductions in stillbirths: More than a triple return on investment
By P. ten Hoope-Bender, K. Stenberg and K. Sweeny.

DCP3 2016 book chapter
Returns on investment in the continuum of care for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health
By K.Stenberg, H. Axelson, P. Sheehan, P. I. Anderson, A,M, Gülmezoglu, M. Temmerman, E. Mason, H. Friedman, Z.A. Bhutta, J.E. Lawn, K. Sweeny, J. Tulloch, P. Hansen, M. Chopra, A. Gupta, J. Vogel, M. Ostergren, B. Rasmussen, et al.
Disease Control Priorities, 3rd Edition (DCP3) World Bank.

Economic Modelling 2015
Revisiting sulfur Kuznets curves with endogenous breaks modeling: Substantial evidence of inverted-Us/Vs for individual OECD countries’
by B. Liddle and G. Messinis
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2016 VISES  PROJECTS

Mapping and Understanding Bushfire and Natural Hazard Vulnerability and Risk at the Institutional Scale 2017-2017
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 

Go to project page.

The Economic Benefits of Cultural Diversity 2016
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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Measurement Framework for Economic and Social Costs of NCDs 2015
Funded by WHO and Mitchell Institute
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News 2013-2015

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 VISIT TO BRAZIL

In December 2015, Prof. Bruce Rasmussen was invited to Brazil to participate in an event on healthcare cooperation organized by the Brazil-US Business Council in Brazilia. He presented findings from research he had done titled ‘Economic Costs of Absenteeism, Presenteeism and Early Retirement Due to Ill Health: A Focus on Brazil’ at the Conference on the Impact of Health and Productivity (Brazilia, 8 December 2015).

He also met with various stakeholders in the health care sector and government officials including the Minister for Health, Mr Marcelo Castro OR Mr Alberto Beltrame, Secretary, Ministry of Health, Brazil.
Download presentation.


Prof. Bruce Rasmussen presenting at Conference, Brazilia, December 2015.

 

VISES ADJUNCT PROFESSOR NOMINATED 2016 ACT SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Professor Greg Tegart, VISES Adjunct Professor is a leading advocate for technology that improves the quality of life of aged and disabled people. Read more

2015 VISES REPORT

The Academic Performance of First Year Students at Victoria University by Entry Score and SES, 2009-2013
This report to the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) at Curtin University was released this year.
By G. Messinis & P. Sheehan 2015.
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2014 VISES RESEARCH IMPACT

VISES joint modelling work on child and maternal health with WHO, published in The Lancet (Stenberg et al. 2014) played a role in the recent establishment of a multi-billion dollar Global Financing Facility (GFF) by the UN, USAID and the governments of Norway and Canada (see press release). Commitments to the GFF include Norway ($600m) and Canada ($200m) with an expected total of $4 billion.

The article reported on the proposal of a Global Investment Framework for Women's and Children's Health which is quoted in the GFF Concept Note (see pp. 7, 13, 14, and Annexes 3 and 4). Peter Sheehan participated in the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health which adapted our modelling work to reach its conclusions.  VISES was responsible for modelling the ‘benefits’ and the financial evaluation.

2014 VISES REPORT

The Academic Performance of First Year Students at Victoria University by Entry Score and SES, 2009-2013
This report to the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) at Curtin University was released this year.
By G. Messinis & P. Sheehan 2014.
Go to project page.

2014 NEW VISES  PROJECTS

Mapping and Understanding Bushfire and Natural Hazard Vulnerability and Risk at the Institutional Scale 2014-2017
Project funded by the Bushfire CRC
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Assessing the Economic Value of Green Infrastructure 2014-2015
Project funded by City of Melbourne.
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Treatment of Mental Health 2015
Funded by Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and Mitchell Institute
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2014 LATEST JOURNAL ARTICLES

Nature Climate Change 2014
China’s response to the air pollution shock
by P. Sheehan et al. 

The Lancet 2014
Advancing social and economic development by investing in women's and children's health: a new Global Investment Framework
By K. Stenberg et al.

The Economic Record 2014
Equity markets and economic development: does the primary market matter?
By Andriansyah and G. Messinis 

China Agricultural Economic Review 2014
The demand for credit, credit rationing and the role of microfinance: Evidence from poor rural counties of China
by E. Cheng and A. Ahmed
 

2014 CSES BECOMES AN INSTITUTE

The transition of the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES) to a University Institute was recently approved by Victoria University Council.

The new Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies (VISES) is led by former Director of CSES Professor Bruce Rasmussen, and incorporates the Centre for Policy Studies (CoPS). CoPS will continue to operate in a semi-autonomous manner, led by Professor James Giesecke.

Our vision is to focus on the study of the fundamental economic, social and technological changes that are recasting the global economy, and to develop effective policy responses to them. As a world leader in computable general equilibrium modelling, CoPS will help to give effect to these ambitions.
 

2014 NEW ACIAR PROJECT

VISES has been awarded funding of more than $900,000 over three years by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) for a project titled 'Enabling Agricultural Policies for Benefitting Smallholders in Dairy, Citrus and Mango Industries of Pakistan'. Go to project page.


Project team
 

2013 NEW JOURNAL ARTICLES

The Lancet online 2013
Advancing social and economic development by investing in women's and children's health: a new Global Investment Framework
by K. Stenberg et al.

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Nature Climate Change 2013
Uncertainty in temperature projections reduced using carbon cycle and climate observations
By R. Bodman et al.

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2013 RESEARCH DATA CENTRE STUDIES

John Houghton (VISES) and Neil Beagrie (Charles Beagrie Ltd) recently completed a series of studies exploring the value and impact of research data curation and sharing. The studies cover the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), the Archaeology Data Service (ADS), and the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC).

Economic Impact Evaluation
of the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS)
(2013)

The Value and Impact of the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC) (2013)

The Value and Impact of the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) (2013)


Primary re-use of ADS data

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2013 NCCARF PROJECT REPORT

Valuing Adaptation Under Rapid Change: Final Report
By Roger Jones, Celeste Young, John Handmer, Adriana Keating,
Gayathri Mekala and Peter Sheehan
(NCCARF, RMIT University and Victoria University, 2013)

Project poster: The scientific origins of the gradualist adaptation narrative and how to move beyond it

Project poster: Adaptation and innovation: reframing adaptation implementation

Project poster handout: Adaptation and innovation: reframing adaptation implementation

Project workshop report: Beyond the Mean

Guidance notes for reading the IPCC summary for policymakers

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2013 REPORT TO MEDICINES AUSTRALIA

The Impact of Further PBS Reforms, VISES report to Medicines Australia, was released on 20 May 2013.

The report's author, Dr Kim Sweeny said, 'The report demonstrates that PBS reforms are working and will deliver as much as $18 billion in savings'.

Read more at http://medicinesaustralia.com.au/.

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