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Health Economist - 12 month fixed term

Pharmaceutical Management Agency
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Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Job Description

Health Economist

  • Stimulating work environment with a world-leading organisation
  • Assess new health technologies against PHARMAC's clinical and economic criteria
  • Full-time one year fixed term role - Wellington, NZ

Health economists play a critical role at PHARMAC, responsible for health technology assessments in medicines and devices. You'll work closely with PHARMAC's clinical advisors and negotiation teams to determine which products offer the best value to the New Zealand health system. This is a unique opportunity in a challenging and rewarding field. In this role you will:

  • Evaluate supplier proposals and develop new cost-utility analyses of medicines and devices being assessed for funding
  • Gather, synthesise, critically appraise and present clinical information; build and document pharmaco-economic models; and analyse health outcome and cost data

We are also open to considering a secondment.

Who we are

At PHARMAC we really care about the best possible healthcare for New Zealanders. Our job is to make responsible choices and our team delivers a lot with the judicious use of resources. It's not always easy as our decisions impact on people, families, whanau and our wider society - we take that responsibility very seriously.

We work with others in the health sector, we use robust evidence-based processes and we never stop using our ingenuity to make things better. We have built a highly successful and unique organisation and our contribution continues to grow. We have always done things in new and different ways and that's not going to change. Everything else is up for discussion.

Are you curious, like figuring out how to do things, ok with working in a fluid and sometimes unpredictable environment, always deliver the goods, and want to apply your mind to helping New Zealanders?

Skills & qualifications

This role is your chance to apply your economic and quantitative analysis skills to work that is stimulating, varied and directly informs health funding decisions. You will:

  • Be an experienced health economist or perhaps be interested in developing a career in health technology assessment building on your skills in any of micro-economics, finance, research and evaluation, biostatistics, epidemiology or similar quantitative disciplines
  • Possess strong modelling ability and strong written and oral communication skills with the confidence to present complex issues to clinicians and other non-economists.

The work environment

Our health economics team is a manager and 6 staff. Take a look at the Our People area of our website to see the profile for one of our Health Economists. One of the team is covering maternity leave in the Pharmaceutical Funding Team, which creates a full-time Health Economist or Senior Health Economist position for 12 months fixed term. We are also open to considering a secondment.

Would you like to join us?

PHARMAC is the government agency responsible for ensuring New Zealanders have access to a wide range of affordable medicines. As an international leader in pharmaceutical management PHARMAC makes a vital contribution to New Zealand's health outcomes. The PHARMAC model is unique in the world. We're a small organisation (around 130 staff) where your expertise is respected, and you can really make a difference for people. Is that you? Do you want to join us? If so, then please click 'apply'.

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We are considering applications as they are made so encourage you to apply now.   

For more information, please contact James Harris, Manager Health Economics on phone: +64-4-460 4990 or email:

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