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E-drug: Short course in pharmaco-economics
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PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT

SHORT COURSE IN PHARMACO-ECONOMICS.

The first short course in pharmaco-economics will be run by the
WHO Collaborating Centre for Teaching and Training in Rational
Pharmacotherapy at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences,
University of Newcastle, Australia, from November 7-20 1998.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
The course is aimed to provide health professionals working in
developing countries with:
     -    skills in the conduct of economic evaluation of
          pharmaceuticals 
     -    ability to use the results of economic analyses when
          making purchasing decisions in relation to
          pharmaceuticals 

COURSE CONTENT
The course will cover the following topics:
     critical appraisal of clinical data
     use of meta-analysis
     assessment of comparative effectiveness and safety of
          pharmaceuticals
     principles of health economics
     principles of health program evaluation
     use of economic modelling and decision analysis
     critical appraisal of economic analyses
     application of the results of economic analysis

TEACHING METHODS
The course will be partly problem-based. Participants will work
in small groups with a tutor, supplemented by general tutorials
and seminars. Participants will be encouraged to bring with
them examples of problems in relation to managing drug supply
from their own setting. 

LECTURERS
The Faculty for the course will include staff from the Discipline
of Clinical Pharmacology (Prof David Henry, Prof Tony Smith,
Dr Suzanne Hill), visiting staff from WHO Geneva, and guest
lecturers with extensive experience in pharmaco-economics. All
have had experience in either the Australian system of
economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals or managing drug
supply in developing countries.

COURSE DATES AND VENUE.
November 7-20 inclusive.
The course will be held at the David Maddison Building, Royal
Newcastle Hospital, Pacific Street, Newcastle, NSW Australia.
This is in central Newcastle, 5 minutes walk from shops,
accommodation and the beach.

ACCOMMODATION.
Participants will be accommodated in self-catered shared
apartments with individual bedrooms, kitchen and living areas. 
Bed-linen, crockery and cutlery and cooking utensils are
provided. 

FEES AND COSTS
Fees of $3500 US per participant will cover tuition fees, course
materials and accommodation. In addition, each participant
needs an allowance to cover daily food and miscellaneous
expenses (a minimum of $200 US per week is suggested) for
the period of the course. Travel costs are extra.

APPLICATIONS
Applications are invited from health care professionals working
in government or academic settings, involved in the
management of pharmaceuticals or purchasing
pharmaceuticals, at national, institutional or program level. 
Knowledge or basic training in epidemiology, and/or
biostatistics, would be an advantage, but is not essential.

The course will be provided in English.

Applicants must find their own sponsors.

The number of participants will be restricted to 25.

Applications should be submitted by letter/fax/email with short
CV should be addressed to:

Dr Suzanne Hill
Pharmaco-economics Short Course
Level 5 , Clinical Sciences Building
Newcastle Mater Hospital
Waratah   NSW.
Australia      2298
fax:      +61 2 49602088

For more information contact 
Suzanne Hill or David Henry at the above address
or ph 61 2 49211856
or email:
     hillsu@mail.newcastle.edu.au
     mddah@mail.newcastle.edu.au

David Henry,
Discipline of Clinical Pharmacology,
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences,
The University of Newcastle,
Newcastle Mater Hospital,
Waratah, NSW, AUSTRALIA

Phone     +61 (0)49 211856
Fax       +61 (0)49 602088
Home      +61 (0)49 505576

mddah@mail.newcastle.edu.au
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