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Published on October 30, 2018

Chloe is a health economist, making a difference driving positive social change and equity through improved access to health care in Australia and across the world. Graduating with First Class Honours in Economics from the University of Newcastle, a trip to China as a university ambassador and receiving the highest score in her university course all provide an impressive insight into Chloe’s work ethic and her success in pursuing such an exciting and varied career.

Chloe reciving award

After graduating from the University of Newcastle, Chloe took a full-time position with Deloitte Access Economics in Canberra, working in the health economics and social policy space. With a keen interest in promoting the health and wellbeing of Australians through evidence-based research and modelling, she decided to commence a PhD with the intention of bridging the gap between complex mathematical and econometric modelling with clear, easy to understand applications for the general public and policymakers alike.

Chloe’s PhD research focuses on using mathematical agent-based simulation modelling methods to model the spread of infectious disease outbreaks and econometrics. Her research also investigates the proliferation of fear, or adverse social responses, on individuals and economies. So far, her research has taken her to conferences in Seattle and plenty of other exciting destinations. 

“About one year into my PhD, I embarked on a career change and joined the Australian Government Department of Health,” Chloe said. “I’m engaged in leading work around ensuring access to high-quality, low-cost care for Australia’s lowest income earners.”


“As a senior health economist, I am leading research projects on the drivers of health expenditure and the long-term fiscal sustainability of the Australian health system.”


Chloe Burns


In broad terms, Chloe is working within the department to help promote equitable access to care, through meaningful long-term health reforms geared toward maximising patient value and outcomes. While Chloe’s work keeps her very busy, she still finds time to hike, run and take full advantage of the great outdoors and everything the nation’s capital has to offer.