Dr Kim-Huong Nguyen

Research Fellow in Health Economics

Centre for Health Services Research
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 334 65342


I apply health economic theories and methods to understand the social and economic values of health and social care, and to draw policies that improve the values of services (through improving quality and operational efficiency) and achieve more equal distribution of service access and utilisation, especially for the disadvantaged groups.

My current research activities cover the evaluation of interventions and health outcomes in older population and people with brain injury and cognitive impairment, and measurement of efficiency and equity in the health and social care sectors. I work closely with researchers from multiple backgrounds, from engineers to medical professionals and artists, industries partners, advocates and consumers of health and social care services.

I become an Atlantic Fellow in Equity in Brain Health in 2020. My host institution is the Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity Collegue Dublin (Ireland).

Research Impacts

My highlighted project in the pandemic year of 2020 is a study that evaluates the quality and efficiency of the residential aged care sector in Australia. This project develops a composite quality index for the sector, and benchmarks individual facilities by their quality and efficiency performance. The research findings and recommendations contribute to the Final Recommendations prepared by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (due in February 2021).


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of International Economics and Finance, The University of Queensland


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