Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci
BEcon, MSc (University of Bologna), PhD (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam)

Head of Health Policy Program, Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs

About me

Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci heads the Health Policy Program in the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, at Murdoch University. Formerly Reader of Health Economics and Policy at the University of Northumbria Newcastle in the United Kingdom, Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia and Fellow at the Australian National University in Australia, Dr. Paolucci has also worked for government, non-government and private sector national and international organisations, and held visiting appointments from the University of Oslo, Norway; Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, the Netherlands; the Universitad Complutense de Madrid, Spain; and the University of Newcastle, United Kingdom. He has published and advised in the areas of public and economic policy focusing on healthcare systems governance and design, healthcare financing and insurance and decision-making and priority setting in various countries including Australia, Cambodia, Colombia, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, South Africa, Spain, The United Kingdom and the United States. He obtained a PhD. from Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam in The Netherlands (2007) with a thesis subsequently published by Springer (2011) entitled “Healthcare Financing and Insurance: Options for Design”.

Research areas

My key research areas are in public and economic policy with a focus on healthcare systems governance and design, healthcare financing and insurance, health economics, regulation & competition and decision-making in healthcare priority setting.




  • Shmeuli, A., Golan, O., Paolucci, F., Mentzakis, E., (2017), Efficiency and equity considerations in the preferences of health policy-makers in Israel, Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, 6, 1, pages -.
  • Mortimer-Jones, S., Morrison, P., Munib, A., Paolucci, F., Neale, S., Bostwick, A., Hungerford, C., (2016), Recovery and Borderline Personality Disorder: A Description of the Innovative Open Borders Program, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 37, 9, pages 624 - 630.
  • Radermacher, R., Srivastava, S., Walsham, M., Sao, C., Paolucci, F., (2016), Enhancing the Inclusion of Vulnerable and High-Risk Groups in Demand-Side Health Financing Schemes in Cambodia: A Concept for a Risk-Adjusted Subsidy Approach, The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice, 41, 2, pages 244 - 258.
  • Baji, P., Garcia-Goni, M., Gulacsi, L., Mentzakis, E., Paolucci, F., (2016), Comparative analysis of decision maker preferences for equity/efficiency attributes in reimbursement decisions in three European countries, European Journal of Health Economics (Print Edition), 17, 7, pages 791 - 799.
  • Paolucci, F., Mentzakis, E., Defechereux, T., Niessen, L., (2015), Equity and efficiency preferences of health policy makers in China-a stated preference analysis, Health Policy and Planning, 30, 8, pages 1059 - 1066.
  • Bakx, P., Chernichovsky, D., Paolucci, F., Schokkaert, E., Trottmann, M., Wasem, J., Schut, F., (2015), Demand-side strategies to deal with moral hazard in public insurance for long-term care, Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 20, 3, pages 170 - 176.

Journal Papers

    • Shmueli, A., Golan, O., Paolucci, F., Mentzakis, E. (2017) Efficiency and equity considerations in the preferences of health policy-makers in Israel.  Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2017 6:18, DOI: 10.1186/s13584-017-0142-7. (30% contribution, co-authorship relationship).
    • Strazdins, L.; Welsh, J.; Korda, R.; Broom, D.; Paolucci, F.  (2016)  Not all hours are equal:  Could time e a social determinant of health?  Sociology of Health & Illness.  Vol 38, pages 21 – 42 (30% contribution co-authorship relationship).
    • García-Goñi, M., Nuño-Solinís, R., Orueta, J., Paolucci, F.  (2015) .; Is utilization of health services for HIV patients equal by socioeconomic status?  Evidence from the Basque country. International Journal for Equity in Health. 14, pp. 110. (50% contribution, co-authorship relationship).
    • Paolucci, F., Sowa, P.M., Garcia-Gohi M., Ergas, H. (2015) Mandatory aged care insurance: a case for Australia. Ageing and Society Vol 35, 2, pages 231 – 245 (Impact Factor 1).
    • Orueta, J.F., Garcia-Alvarez, A., Garcia-Gohl, M., Paolucci, F., Nuno-Solinis, R. (2014) Prevalence and costs of multimorbidity by deprivation levels in the Basque country. A population based study using health administrative data. PLOS ONE (Impact Factor 4; ERA 2010: A, FoR code 11).
    • Mentzakis, E., Paolucci, F., Rubicko, G. (2014) Priority setting in the Austrian Healthcare system: results from a discrete choice experiment and implications for mental health.  The Journal of Mental Health economics and Health Policy Vol 17, 2, pages 61 – 73 (Impact Factor 2).
    • Goni, M., Paolucci, F. (2014) The development of an aged care insurance market in Spain.  Newsletter Health and Ageing.
    • Przemyslaw, M., Butler, J. R. G., Connelly, L., Paolucci, F. (2013) Health-care accessibility in seven countries in eastern Europe: a multinomial logit study of individual unmet medical needs. The Lancet.
    • Paolucci, F., Sowa, P.M., Stoelwinder, J. (2013) Improving risk equalisation in health insurance markets: lessons from the Australian model. The Geneva Association Health and Ageing Newsletter pages 7 – 10.
    • Goni, M., Hernandez-Quevedo, C., Nuño-Solinís, R., Paolucci, F. (2013) Is Spain’s NHS evolving to a high-performing chronic health system? Eurohealth Vol 19, 4, pages 1 – 3.
    • Tanios, N., Wagner, M., Baltussen, R., Tony, M., Rindress, D., York, P., Paolucci, F. (2013) Which Criteria Are Considered in Healthcare Decisions? Insights from an International Survey of Policy and Clinical Decision Makers.  International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care Vol 29,4, pages 456 – 465.
    • Mirelman, A., Mentzakis, E., Kinter, E., Paolucci, F., Fordham, R., Ozawa, S., Ferraz, M., Baltussen, R., Niessen, L. (2012) Decision-Making Criteria among National Policymakers in Five Countries: A Discrete Choice Experiment Eliciting Relative Preferences for Equity and Efficiency. Value in Health Vol 15, 3, pages 534 – 539.
    • Defechereux, T., Paolucci, F., Mirelman, A., Youngkong, S., Botten, G., Hagen, T., Niessen, L. (2012) Health care priority setting in Norway a multicriteria decision analysis. BMC Health Services Research Vol 12, 39.
    • Paolucci, F. Mix pubblico e privato nel finanziamento dei servizi sanitari in Australia: opt-out con sussidi aggiustati per il profilo di rischio degli assicurati? Politiche Sanitarie VOl 13, 3, pages 147 – 159.
    • Garcia-Goni, M., Hernandez-Quevedo, C., Nuño-Solinís, R., Paolucci, F.,  (2012) Pathways towards chronic care-focused healthcare systems: Evidence from Spain. Health Policy Vol 108, 2-3, pages 236 – 245.
    • Robson, Paolucci, F. (2012) Private Health Insurance Incentives in Australia: The Effects of Recent Changes to Price Carrots and Income Sticks. The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance – Issues and Practice Vol 37, pages 725 -744.
    • Paolucci, F. (2012) Verso sistemi sanitari orientati alle patologie croniche: il caso spagnolo. Politiche Sanitarie. Vol 13, 3, pages 160 – 171.
    • Paolucci, F., Sowa, P.M. (2011) Incentive and Choice in Healthcare. The Economic Record, Vol 87, 276.
    • Ergas, H., Paolucci, F. (2011) Providing and financing aged care in Australia. Risk Management and Healthcare Policy Vol 4, pages 67 – 80.
    • Paolucci, F., Ergas, H.  (2011) .; L’erogazione e il finanziamento dell’assistenza agli anziani in Australia. Politiche Sanitarie. 18, pp. 12 – 24.
    • Paolucci, F., Butler, J., van de Ven, W. (2011) Removing Duplication in Public/Private Health Insurance in Australia: Opting Out With Risk-adjusted Subsidies? Agenda: a journal of policy analysis and reform Vol 18, 2, online.
    • Robson, A., Paolucci, F., Ergas, H., (2011) The Analytics of the Australian Private Health Insurance Rebate and the Medicare Levy Surcharge. Agenda: a journal of policy analysis and reform Vol 18, 2, online.
    • McRae, I, Paolucci, F. (2011) The global financial crisis and Australian general practice. Australian Health Review Vol 35, 1, pages 32 – 35.
    • Paolucci, F., Shmueli, A. (2011) The Introduction of Ex-ante Risk Equalisation in the Australian Private Health Insurance Market: A First Step. Agenda: a journal of policy analysis and reform Vol 18, 2, online.
    • Strazdins, L., Griffin, A.L., Broom, D.H., Banwell, C., Korda, R., Paolucci, F., Dixon, J., Shipley, M., Esler, M., Glover, J. (2011) Time scarcity: another health inequality? Environment and Planning A: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research Vol 43, 3, 545 – 549.
    • Baltussen, R., Youngkong, S., Paolucci, F., Niessen, L. (2010) Multi-criteria decision analysis to prioritize health interventions: Capitalizing on first experiences.  Health Policy Vol 96, 3, pages 262 – 264.
    • Rebba, V., Paolucci, F.  (2010) Presente e futuro dei sistemi di long-term care: un confronto tra Italia, Germania, Paesi Bassi e Australia. Politiche Sanitarie Vol 11, 2.
    • Connelly, L., Paolucci, F., Butler, J., Collins, P. (2010) Risk equalisation and voluntary health insurance markets: The case of Australia. Health Policy.  Vol 98, 1, pages 3 – 14.
    • Armstrong, J., Paolucci, F., van de Ven, W.P.M.M. (2010) Risk equalisation in voluntary health insurance market. Health Policy Vol 98, 1 – 2.
    • Armstrong, J., Paolucci, F., McLeod, H., van de Ven, W.P.M.M. (2010) Risk equalisation in voluntary health insurance markets: A three country comparison. Health Policy Vol 98, 1, pages 39 – 49.
    • Armstrong, J., Paolucci, F.  (2010) Risk-equalisation in Australia and Ireland: a simulation analysis to compare outcomes. The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance – Issues and Practice Vol 35, 4, pages 521 – 538.
    • Paolucci, P.   (2010)  L’erogazione e il finanziamento dell’assistenza agli anziani in Australia”, research paper for the Special Issue on “Sostenibilita’ nel finanziamento e nell’erogazione dei servizi LTC”.  Politiche Sanitarie.
    • Paolucci, F., Prinsze, F., Stam, P., van de Ven, W.P.M.M. (2009) The potential premium range of risk-rating in competitive markets for supplementary health insurance. International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics Vol 9, 3, pages 243 – 258.
    • Stoelwinder, J., Paolucci, F. (2009) Sustaining Medicare through consumer choice of health funds: lessons from the Netherlands. Medical Journal of Australia Vol 191, 1, pages 30 32.
    • Paolucci, F., Schut, Beck, K., Gress, S., Van de Voorden, C., Zmora, I. (2007) Supplementary health insurance as a tool for risk-selection in mandatory basic health insurance markets. Health Economics, Policy and Law  Vol 2, 2, pages 173 – 192.
    • Paolucci, F.,  den Exter, A., van de Ven, W. (2006) Solidarity in competitive health insurance markets: analyzing the relevant EC legal framework. Health Economics, Policy and Law  Vol 1, 2, pages 107 – 126.
    • Paolucci, P.; Masseria, C.  (2005)  Equità nell’accesso ai ricoveri ospedalieri.  Quaderni ACP.
    • Paolucci, P.; Lanteri, A.  (2005) Equità e/o efficienza? Economia sanitaria per non economisti.  Oikonomia.
    • Paolucci, P.; Brouwer, W.  (2003)  Introduzione ad alcuni aspetti di economia sanitaria. Quaderni ACP.

Book Chapters

  • Goni, M.; McKiernan, P.; Paolucci, F.  (2016)  Pathways towards chronic care focused healthcare systems and hospitals: beyond the four walls. .; Chapter in The Boundaryless Hospital – Rethink and Redefine Health Care Management. Editors: Albach, von Eliff, Meffert, Pinkwart, Reichwald. Publisher: Springer.
  • Paolucci, F.,  McRae (2012) Healthcare delivery for our ageing population: What does Australia need to do? A Greater Australia: Population, policies and governance pages 162 – 174.
  • Paolucci, F. (2011) Health Care Financing and Insurance: Options for Design. Developments in Health Economics and Public Policy. Pages 126.
  • Paolucci, F.,  Stoelwinder, J. (2011) Improving the efficiency and solidarity of Australia’s risk equalization arrangements. Health care in Australia: prescriptions for improvement, pages 97 – 104.
  • Paolucci, F., Hannan, T., Ergas, Aarts, J. (2010) The effectiveness of health informatics. Cover image for Healthcare and the Effect of Technology: Developments, Challenges and Advancements.

Conference Papers

  • Paolucci, F., Ergas. (2009) ‘Medicare Select’: a pathway towards competitive social health insurance in Australia.  4th International Jerusalem Conference on Health Policy 2009.