As a health economist, Irina Kinchin has conducted research and evaluation projects with a range of government, NGO, industry and community partners; from hospital-based clinical interventions to primary care in the community. Her program of research has focused on priority populations living with chronic health conditions. She has also worked regularly with organisations focused on improving health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote Australia.
Through access to brain health prevention information, education, and healthcare services, Kinchin believes we will be able to address the social inequities surrounding brain health worldwide. As an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at GBHI, her goal is to maximize the likelihood of good evidence-based decisions about the adoption of new initiatives. By applying a broad range of health economic methods, Kinchin will work towards ensuring efficiency, effectiveness and supportive care needs in symptom management and models of service delivery for priority populations living with chronic health conditions. She looks to learn best practices from communities around the world regarding brain health programs and supportive solutions while establishing an international network of colleagues. In her free time, Kinchin can be found outdoors with her family, cooking, swimming or watercolour painting.
Bio: Irina Kinchin holds a PhD in Economics from Plekhanov Russian University of Economics and a Master of Health Economics from the University of York. Following completion of her PhD, she joined James Cook University in Cairns (Australia) as a teaching and research academic and later accepted a postdoctoral fellowship position in health economics at Central Queensland University in Brisbane. She is currently a senior research fellow with a joint appointment at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) and the Centre for Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT) at the University Technology Sydney.