Dr Paul Nicolarakis is Principal of the Health Practice at CMCRC, with expertise across medicine, health policy, clinical analytics and visualisation. After completing degrees in medicine and neuroscience at Sydney University and his residency at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Paul began exploring the interface between health, data and policy, seeing him lead an award winning aged care electronic medical record start up prior to joining Microsoft as their clinical analytics lead, engaging with senior health leaders across the Asia Pacific and Middle East. Most recently, Paul served as a Senior Adviser to Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek, before commencing at CMCRC as the clinical and strategic lead for their health market quality program.
Areas of expertise: Medicine / Health Policy / Clinical analytics / Visualisation
Professor Adam Elshaug is an internationally recognized researcher and policy advisor with expertise in reducing waste and optimizing value in health care. This involves: (i) defining appropriateness (low- versus high-value care), including from various stakeholder perspectives (patient, clinician, community members, policy); (ii) Measuring patient and provider level prevalence of low-value care within large healthcare datasets; (iii) Working closely with government (including Medicare Australia) and third party payers in health care to design and implement reforms aimed at reducing waste, optimizing heath care safety and value, including the design and evaluation of alternative payment models. Prof Elshaug was a 2010-11 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow based at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in Washington DC. From mid-2011 to mid-2013 he then served as NHMRC Sidney Sax Public Health Fellow in the Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston. In parallel, Adam became The Commonwealth Fund’s Inaugural Visiting Fellow for 2012-13 in New York City. Prof Elshaug is recipient of numerous research awards and over 100 invitations to address conferences, government, academic, insurance and health technology assessment groups internationally. He serves as Associate Editor forBMC Health Services Research and has first-author publications in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, BMJ, Journal of the American Medical Association, Medical Journal of Australia, BMJ Quality & Safety. Supervisor Homepage
Areas of expertise: Health Policy / Disinvestment / Eradicating waste and optimizing value in health care ealth / Technology Assessment / Health Services Research / Clinical Epidemiology / Health Economics /
Stakeholder engagement in health care policy reform