Dr Elizabeth Martin - Wesley Research Institute
Wesley Research Institute


Elizabeth is a PhD-qualified Health Economist using her economic evaluation and implementation science expertise to find better ways to fund, organise and deliver health services. As leader of the health services research program, she guides a broad range of mixed-methods research and leads team strategy, budgeting and partnerships. Elizabeth has skills and experience in health policy and planning, ensuring the research she leads is useful and relevant for health consumers, clinicians and the health system. Elizabeth’s research and consultancy partnerships have created positive change for health services across Australia and internationally.  

After joining Wesley Research Institute in June 2023, Dr Martin now guides the evaluation of innovations across Uniting Care Queensland and other health services to ensure the value of initiatives can be measured. Elizabeth uses her skills and experience in health policy, planning and strategy to ensure her research is useful and relevant for health consumers, clinicians and the health system. She has over 20 years’ experience working in public and private healthcare delivery, health management and the university sector. 

Elizabeth can be contacted to discuss PhD supervision, as she is affiliated with multiple universities. She is also available to examine PhD theses. 

Elizabeth’s publications and presentations on efficiency in the Australian health system have influenced National Health Reform Agreements to move towards focusing on patient-reported outcome measures. She is particularly passionate about economics and equity in maternity services, and her work has changed the way caesarean section is performed in the England, Canada and New South Wales.  


PhD (Health Economics)

Master of Health Economics

Bachelor of Applied Science 

Featured Publications

Martin, E., Ayoub, B., & Miller, Y. (2023). A systematic review of the cost-effectiveness of maternity models of care. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 23, 859. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-023-06180-6 


Miller, Y., Tone, J., Talukdar, S., & Martin, E. (2022). A direct comparison of patient-reported outcomes and experiences in alternative models of maternity care in Queensland, Australia. PLoS ONE, 17(7), e0271105. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0271105 


Smith, P., Kilgour, C., Rice, D., Callaway, L., & Martin, E. (2022). Implementation barriers and enablers of midwifery group practice for vulnerable women: A qualitative study in a tertiary urban Australian health service. BMC Health Services Research, 22(1), 1265. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-022-08633-8  


Martin, E., Fisher, O., Merlo, G., Zardo, P., Barrimore, S., Rowland, J., & Davies, J. (2022). Impact of a Health Services Innovation University Program in a Major Public Hospital and Health Service: A Mixed Methods Evaluation. Implementation Science Communications, 3, 46. https://doi.org/10.1186/s43058-022-00293-3 


Leonardi, M., Martin, E., Reid, S., Blanchette, G., & Condous, G. (2019). Deep endometriosis transvaginal ultrasound in the workup of patients with signs and symptoms of endometriosis: A cost analysis. British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 26(12),1499-1506. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.15917. https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.15917 


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From policy to patient care: Exploring the implementation of government directed policy in the hospital setting
Sally Havers, PhD supervision, completed 2019
Other supervisors – A/Prof Yvette Miller, Prof Lisa Hall   

Adherence to Breastfeeding Support Practices in Sri Lanka
Laavanya Lokeesan, PhD supervision, completed 2024
Other supervisors – A/Prof Yvette Miller, Dr Rebecca Byrne


Jayne Barclay, PhD supervision, current
Transforming routine post-surgical outpatient care
Other supervisors – A/Prof Mike Beckmann, Prof Clair Sullivan 

Professional memberships 

2012 – Member of Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand


2021 – Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Queensland

2024 – Adjunct Associate Professor at Charles Darwin University


2024 – Best Session Presenter, Emerging Health Policy and Economics Research Conference
Menzies Centre for Health Policy & Economics, University of Sydney  

2022 – Outstanding Women Award
Mater Research Institute, University of Queensland 

2021Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence nomination
Queensland University of Technology

2017 – Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award nomination
Queensland University of Technology

2017 – Carla Patterson Publication Award 
Queensland University of Technology Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation

2017 – Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award
Queensland University of Technology

2014 – Writing for Policy Makers prize
Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research 


Research Funding

Elizabeth has been awarded over $5.5 million in research and consultancy funding since completing her PhD in 2017.  

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