Tessa Gastrell

Economist

Tessa joined the CIE in January 2017 as an Economist. She holds a Master of Public Health and a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney.

Tessa has a multidisciplinary background, with a special interest in impact evaluation and policy analysis of health care interventions, disease prevention strategies and biosecurity.

Recent examples of Tessa’s work include:

  • Economic modelling — Tessa developed an economic model to estimate the benefit of a diabetic retinopathy screening technology. The analysis considered the cost of developing and adopting the technology, health benefits and costs associated with treating patients with diabetic retinopathy who would otherwise remain undiagnosed, the cost savings associated with screening patients using a lower cost platform and quality of life impacts.
  • Impact evaluation — Tessa conducted a series of impact evaluations to quantify the cost savings and associated benefits of R&D in biosecurity. This involved identifying and engaging with stakeholders and conducting literature reviews to gain an understanding of how the outputs from each project would manifest into cost savings or improvements in biosecurity. An economic model considering R&D costs, adoption costs, expected uptake and benefits was developed for each project.
  • Cost benefit analysis — Tessa undertook extensive financial analysis to estimate the net economic impacts of alternative protocols in the area of blood transfusion safety. The analysis considered the cost of the intervention, the healthcare costs and the health outcomes associated with each policy.

Tessa can be contacted at our Sydney office.