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Ms Ha Le has been a research fellow at Deakin health economics since 2010. Her research expertise is in applied economic evaluation, focused on the economics of child and maternal health (e.g. child speech and language, child behavior and sleep) and nutrition. She has been involved in the design and implementation of trial-based economic evaluations (design data collection tools for intervention costs, resource use and family costs as well as measure and evaluate program outcomes including quality of life and clinical/health outcomes). Over the years, Ms Le has conducted economic evaluation alongside a number of randomized controlled trials, including the VicHealth award-winning Supermarket Eating for Life (SHELf) and SHOPSmart RCTs that aimed to promote healthy eating, Family In Minds and Baby Business RCTs that aimed to prevent child behaviour problems, Language for Learning, Early Home Learning and Class Promotion for Oral Language (CPOL) RCTs that aimed to improve child oral language skills. Ms Le has also conducted a number of complex economic data analyses (e.g. cost-effectiveness analysis using modelling techniques, longitudinal cost/outcome data analyses using high level of statistical skills) on various public health studies including the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Child Language (CRE-CL), The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) and the Early Language in Victoria study (ELVS).
- Health Economist at Deakin Health Economics, Deakin University
- Centre for Research Excellence in Childhood Language and Early Language in Victoria Study - building the research evidence on the predictors of child language development and the longer-term costs and benefits of improved child language;
- Classroom Promotion of Oral Language study - implementing and evaluating a teacher-based intervention, in partnership with DEECD and CECV;
- Early Language in Victoria Study (ELVS) - Understanding how language and reading problems develop: a population-based longitudinal study from infancy to age 13.
- Growing up in Australia's Child Health CheckPoint - a physical health and biomarkers module for the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC).
- Families in Mind (FIM): a randomized controlled trial of a mental child health intervention to prevent conduct behaviours and mental problems in children.
- Le, H. N., Gold L., Crawford, D. A., Abbott, G., McNaughton, S. A., Ni Mhurchu, C., Pollard C., Ball, K. (2016). The economic evaluation of a randomised controlled trial to promote healthy food and beverage consumption. Social Science and Medicine, 159: 83-91.
- Le, H. N., Gold, L., Mensah, F., Eadie, P., Bavin, E.L., Bretherton, L., Reilly, S. Service utilization and costs of language impairment in children: The Early Language in Victoria Australian population-based study. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology 2017:1-10.
- Le, H. N, Gulenc, A., Gold, L., Sakardi, A., Ukoumunne, C.O., Bayer, J.K., Wake, M., Hiscock, H. Utility-based quality of life in mothers of children with behaviour problems: a population based study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 2016;52(12):1075-80.
- Le H. N, Gold L, Mensah F, Cook F, Bayer J, Hiscock H. (2016). Infant behavior and maternal depression: Healthcare use and costs in the first six months of life. Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health, 52: 402-409. doi:10.1111/jpc.13095.
- M Wake, P Levickis, S Tobin, L Gold, O Ukoumunne, S Goldfeld, N Zens, H Le, J Law, S Reilly. Two-year outcomes of a population-based intervention for preschool language delay : an RCT (2015), Vol. 136, pp. e838-e847, Pediatrics, Grove Village, Ill., C1