The Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease focuses on improving the heart health and outcomes of groups and communities i.e. Regional Australians, Indigenous Australians and International Health

Doctor Jean Spinks

Dr Jean Spinks is a Research Fellow in Health Economics with a focus on preference-based research. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on the economic implications of complementary and alternative medicine use in people with type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Prior to this, Jean evaluated submissions from pharmaceutical companies seeking PBS listing of their medicines, under a research contract between Monash University and the Australian Department of Health and Ageing.


Jean is a pharmacist who has worked in both community pharmacy and hospitals. She has post-graduate qualifications in public health, and has undertaken the two-year Victorian Public Health Training Scheme, run by the Victorian Department of Human Services.


Jean has also worked internationally in the Asia-Pacific region, including in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Tonga. She has published a number of papers in the areas of health economics and public health.

Jean is heading up the MODERN preference study.

  1. Spinks J & Mortimer D (2015). The effect of traffic lights and regulatory statements on the choice between complementary and conventional medicines in Australia: Results from a discrete choice experiment. Social Science & Medicine, 124: 257-265.
  2. Spinks J, Janda M, Soyer H.P., Whitty J.A. (2015). Consumer preferences for teledermoscopy screening to detect melanoma early. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, pii: 1357633X15586701. [Epub ahead of print].
  3. Spinks J, Johnston D, Hollingsworth B (2014). Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use and quality of life in people with type 2 diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease. Complementary Therapies in Medicines, 22: 107-115.
  4. Au N, Hollingsworth B, Spinks J (2014). Measuring the efficiency of health services in lower-income countries: The case of Papua New Guinea. Development Policy Review, 32(2):259-272.
  5. Johnston D, Lee W, Shar C, Shields M, Spinks J (2014). Are neighbourhood characteristics important in predicting the post-school destinations of young Australians? National Vocational Educational and Training Research Program (NCVER), Adelaide.
  6. Spinks J, Chen G, Donovan L (2013). Does generic entry lower the prices paid for pharmaceuticals in Australia? A comparison before and after the introduction of the mandatory price reduction policy. Australian Health Review, 37(5): 675-81.
  7. Spinks J, Hollingsworth B, Manderson L, Lin V, Canaway R (2013). Costs and drivers of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) use in people with type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease. European J Integrative Medicine, 5(1):44-53.