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Senior Lecturer in Health Economics
Director Centre for Health Services, Research and Policy
Department Division of Community Health
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
New Zealand

Phone: ++64 9 37 37 59 9 ext. 6136
Telefax: ++64 9 37 37 50 3

Relevant work experience

As a health economist my work has covered a range of topics, including cost-effectiveness analyses of health services, analyses of various aspects of health care reform, and method of priority setting in the health sector.
I teach both undergraduates and postgraduates on the topics of health economics, health systems, and health care organisation more generally.

I have been employed at the university as a health economist since 1990, initially on a part-time basis. During this initial period I also undertook work as a consultant economist. I completed projects for a wide variety of organisations including:

  • The Auckland Area Health Board
  • Regional Health Authorities
  • The Ministry of Health
  • The World Health Organization

Recent Publications

Ashton, T., Cumming J., McLean, J. McKinlay, M. and Fae E. Contracting for Health Services in New Zealand: A Report for the World Health Organization. In press.

Ashton, T. 'Running on the Spot: A Decade of Health Reform in New Zealand'. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy 1(2): 97-106. 2002.

Ashton, T. 'The Rocky Road To Health Reform: Some Lessons From New Zealand'. Australian Health Review, 24(1): 151-156. 2001.

Mclean, J. and Ashton, T. 'Quasi-markets and Pseudo-Contracts in the New Zealand Public Health System'. Otago Law Review, 10(1): 17-38, 2001.

Davis, P. And Ashton, T. (eds) Health and Public Policy in New Zealand. Auckland, Oxford University Press, 2001.

Ashton, T. 'The Influence of Economic Theory' in P. Davis and T. Ashton, Health and Public Policy in New Zealand, Auckland, Oxford University Press.

Howden-Chapman, P. and Ashton, T. 'Public Purchasing And Private Priorities: the New Zealand Health Reforms'. Health Policy, 54: 27-43, 2000.

Ashton, T, Devlin, N. and Cumming, J., 'Priority Setting In New Zealand: Translating Principles Into Practice'. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 5(3), 170-175, 2000.

Ashton, T. 'New Zealand: Long Term Care In A Decade Of Change'. Health Affairs 19(3), 72-85, 2000

Ashton, T. 'The Health Reforms: To Market And Back?' in J. Boston, P. Dalziel and S. St John, Redesigning the Welfare State in New Zealand: Problems, Policies and Prospects, Auckland, Oxford University Press, 134-153, 1999.

Devlin, N. Ashton, T and Cumming, J. 'Prioritising By Numbers?'. New Zealand Medical Journal 112, 1-2, 1999.

Ashton, T, Devlin, N. and Cumming, J. Prioritising Health and Disability Support Services: Principles, Processes and Problems, Wellington, National Health Committee, 1999.

Ashton, T. 'Contracting For Health Services In New Zealand: A Transaction Cost Analysis'. Social Science and Medicine 46(3), 357-367, 1998.

Ashton, T. 'The Baby and the Bath Water' Health Manager 5(1), 5-6 1998.

Ashton, T. and Press, D. 3 Market Concentration In Secondary Health Services Under a Purchaser-Provider Split: The New Zealand Experience, Health Economics 6, 43-56, 1997.

Swinburn, B. Ashton, T. Gillespie, J. Cox, B. Menon, A. Simmons, D. Birkbeck, J. 'Health Care Costs Of Obesity', International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders 21(10), 891-896, 1997.

Ashton, T. 'Health Reform The Kiwi Way: More Of The Same Or Back To The Future?'. Healthcover 7(1), 27-29, 1997