Professor Toni Ashton

MA (Hons), PhD

Biography

Toni Ashton (PhD) is a Professor of Health Economics in the School of Population Health. Her main research interests are in the funding and organisation of health systems and health care reform, with much of her recent research focusing on various dimensions of health reform in New Zealand over the past decade. In addition to numerous articles in referred journals and several book chapters, she has co-edited (with Peter Davis) a book on health policy in New Zealand. She has also co-authored (with Susan St John) three books on superannuation. Professor Ashton has been a member of a number of government working parties and taskforces has also undertaken a range of consultancies, including two for the World Health Organization.

Research | Current

Toni’s research interests lie in the field of funding and organisation of health services from an economic perspective. Most of her recent research has been on various aspects of health reform in New Zealand over the past two decades. She is also interested in the study of comparative health systems and in the general application of economic theory and methods to health sector practices and performance. In addition to her academic work, Toni has been a member of several government working parties and taskforces, and has undertaken a range of consultancies, including some for the World Health Organization.

Toni is on the Editorial Board of the following journals:

  • Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
  • Health Policy
  • Healthcare Policy
  • International Journal of Technology Assessment in Healthcare
  • Isreal Journal of Health Policy Research

Research interests

  • Health economics
  • Organisation and financing of health systems
  • Comparative health systems
  • Health policy
  • Healthcare reform
  • Economic evaluation
  • Funding of long-term care

Teaching | Current

HEALTH ECONOMICS (POPLHLTH 719): a postgraduate course which applies some fundamental economic concepts to health and health services. Provides students with some analytical skills with which to address issues and problems in the funding and organisation of health services.

HEALTH CARE ORGANISATION (POPLHLTH 722): a postgraduate course which explains the principles, structure, organisation and funding of health systems. Special reference is given to how the New Zealand health system operates and to current issues in health care from an international perspective.

Distinctions/Honours

2012   Hood Fellowship, awarded to visit research collaborators in the Netherlands and Canada.

2011  University of Auckland Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching

2010   Butland Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland.

2005 - 2010 Elected member of the Executive Board of the International Health Economists Association   (iHEA)

2005 - 2010 Elected member of the Executive Committee of the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand

1988-1992 Elected member of the Executive Committee, Public Health Association of New Zealand

 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Lessing, C., Ashton, T., & Davis, P. (2016). New Zealand patients' understanding of brand substitution and opinions on copayment options for choice of medicine brand. Australian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association, 40 (3), 345-350. 10.1071/ah15004
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Davis
  • Rechel, B., McKee, M., Haas, M., Marchildon, G. P., Bousquet, F., Blümel M, ... Saunes, I. S. (2016). Public reporting on quality, waiting times and patient experience in 11 high-income countries. Health Policy, 120 (4), 377-383. 10.1016/j.healthpol.2016.02.008
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30577
  • Mohammed, J., Ashton, T., & North, N. (2016). Wave Upon Wave: Fiji's Experiments in Decentralizing Its Health Care System. Asia-Pacific journal of public health, 28 (3), 232-243. 10.1177/1010539516635270
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicola North
  • Lessing, C., Ashton, T., & Davis, P. (2015). Do users of risperidone who switch brands because of generic reference pricing fare better or worse than non-switchers? A New Zealand natural experiment. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 42 (6), 695-703. 10.1007/s10488-014-0606-9
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Davis
  • Lessing, C., Ashton, T., & Davis, P. (2015). Do users of risperidone who switch brands because of generic reference pricing fare better or worse than non-switchers? A New Zealand natural experiment. Administration and policy in mental health, 42 (6), 695-703. 10.1007/s10488-014-0606-9
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Davis
  • Brown, P., Panattoni, L., Cameron, L., Knox, S., Ashton, T., Tenbensel, T., & Windsor, J. (2015). Hospital sector choice and support for public hospital care in New Zealand: Results from a labeled discrete choice survey. Journal of health economics, 43, 118-127. 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2015.06.004
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Linda Cameron, Tim Tenbensel, John Windsor
  • Broad, J. B., Ashton, T., Gott, M., McLeod, H., Davis, P. B., & Connolly, M. J. (2015). Likelihood of residential aged care use in later life: a simple approach to estimation with international comparison. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39 (4), 374-379. 10.1111/1753-6405.12374
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36620
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Merryn Gott, Martin Connolly, Peter Davis, Joanna Broad
  • Lessing, C., Ashton, T., & Davis, P. (2015). An Evaluation of Health Service Impacts Consequent to Switching from Brand to Generic Venlafaxine in New Zealand under Conditions of Price Neutrality. Value in health : the journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, 18 (5), 646-654. 10.1016/j.jval.2015.02.020
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Davis