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Brenda Gannon

University of Queensland, School of Economics

Brenda Gannon

Professor Brenda Gannon is a Professor in the School of Economics and Affiliate Professor at the Centre for the Business and Economics of Health, The University of Queensland and an Affiliate Professor at the Mater Research Institute, The University of Queensland. She is also an affiliate member of CEPAR (ARC Centre for Research Excellence in Population Ageing Research). Since 2022, she is Honorary Adjunct Professor at University of Galway, Ireland. She was Director of Research in the School of Economics from 2018-2023. Professor Gannon is an international expert in the field of Health Economics of Ageing and has won over $30 million, as chief investigator, in collaborative research income, with economics, medicine and social science with academia and industry. She has developed a range of projects in Economics of Ageing on topics of dementia, physical activity and cognition, health shocks and health care utilization, and consumer directed care and home care. She has worked extensively on interdisciplinary research with gerontologists, clinicians and methodologists. Her work has been influential in the development of programs for falls preventions and informing policy on disability and social inclusion, and has positively impacted on the health of many older people across the world.


Countries Australia;
Topics Access to care; Care economy; Care Homes; Care in rural and other non-urban settings; Care inequalities; Data science; Dementia care and support; Economics of LTC; Evaluation of LTC systems and services; Home/domiciliary care; LTC Workforce; Unmet needs;
Methods Analysis of administrative data; Causal inference in Long-Term Care; Cost analysis; Data science and LTC research; Discrete choice analysis; Economic evaluation; Longitudinal data analysis; Observational studies; Panel data analysis; Policy analysis; Quantitative data analysis; Quasi-experimental methods; Simulation models; Surveys; Trials and other evaluations;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Care home markets and regulation; Economics of Long-Term Care; Long-Term Care Policy; Quasi-experimental methods; Strengthening Responses to Dementia;
Research interests

Dementia, cognition, health economics and resource use, care for older people, home care, decision making

Key publications
  1. Tran, My, Gannon, Brenda and Rose, Christiern (2023). The effect of housing wealth on older adults’ health care utilization: evidence from fluctuations in the U.S. housing market. Journal of Health Economics, 88 102737, 1-28. doi: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2023.102737
  2. Tran, My (Michelle) and Gannon, Brenda (2021). The regional effect of the consumer directed care model for older people in Australia. Social Science and Medicine, 280 114017, 114017. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114017
  3. Pak, A. and Gannon, B. (2021) Do access, quality and cost of general practice affect emergency department use? Health Policy,
  4. Lenzen, S., Rose, C. and Gannon (2020) A dynamic microeconomic analysis of the impact of physical activity on cognition among older people. Economics and Human Biology, accepted and online Oct. 24. 2020.
  5. Pak, A., Gannon, B. and A. Staib (2020) Predicting waiting time to treatment for emergency department patients. International Journal of Medical Informatics. Vol 145.
  6. Tran, My and Gannon, B. (2020). Home care providers in Queensland: exploratory data analysis using My Aged Care platform. Australian Economic Review, 53 (4), 598-604. doi: 10.1111/1467-8462.12398.
  7. Gittins, Matthew, Lugo-Palacios, David G., Paley, Lizz, Bray, Benjamin, Bowen, Audrey, Vail, Andy, Gannon, Brenda and Tyson, Sarah (2020) How do patients pass through stroke services? Identifying stroke care pathways using national audit data. Clinical Rehabilitation, 026921552090765.doi:10.1177/0269215520907654
  8. Liddle, Jacki, Beattie, Elizabeth, Gannon, Brenda, Bennett, Sally and Pachana, Nancy A. (2020) Ageing as part of the curriculum for health‐care professionals: A Queensland Survey. Australasian Journal on Ageing, doi:10.1111/ajag.12775
  9. Lugo-Palacios, David G., Gannon, Brenda, Gittins, Matthew, Vail, Andy, Bowen, Audrey and Tyson, Sarah (2019) Variations in hospital resource use across stroke care teams in England, Wales and Northern Ireland: A retrospective observational study. BMJ Open, 9 9: . doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030426.
  10. Gannon, B. & Roberts, J. (2018). Social capital: Exploring the theory and empirical divide. Empirical Economics,
  11. Gannon, B., Banks, J, Nazroo, B, and L Munford (2018): An econometric analysis of cognitive impairment and healthcare utilization in the ageing population. Applied Economics, DOI:1080/00036846.2018.1486996.
  12. Lugo-Palacios, D., Gannon, B. (2017) Health care utilisation amongst older adults with sensory and cognitive impairments in Europe. Health Economics Review, 7(44).
  13. Gannon, B. Harris, D. and M. Harris (2014). Threshold effects in nonlinear models with an application to the social capital-retirement-health relationship. Health Economics, 23(9):1072-1083.