DR Christopher Schilling

DR Christopher Schilling




  • Dr Chris Schilling is a Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics at the Department of Surgery, the University of Melbourne. Chris works across academia and consultancy. At the University, Chris provides research, supervision and teaching across the range of programs as part of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Total Joint Replacement (OPUS). His research priorities include improving the cost-effectiveness of surgery, understanding the economics of trials, and reducing low-value care in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Chris is involved in teaching both ‘Health Economics’ and ‘Economic Evaluation’, and supervision of PhD and Master students. In consultancy (KPMG), Chris leads a team of health economists providing economic evaluation and modelling to a range of government and industry clients. His work has influenced key public policy debates around obesity, mental health, low-value care and e-cigarettes. Chris strengths lie in his ability to design and develop detailed health economic models to answer key policy questions, and to communicate these findings in a clear, concise manner. He specialises in economic and econometric modelling including microsimulation, big-data techniques such as random forests and CART, and traditional applied micro-econometrics. Chris was awarded a PhD in Health Economics from the University of Melbourne, a Master degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim (Germany), and Bachelor double degrees in Engineering (hons)/Commerce (hons) from the University of Melbourne.   


Member of

  • Health Services Research Association of Australia & New Zealand (Hsraanz). Current Member 2014 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2017
  • MSc, University of Hohenheim 2007
  • BEng(Hons) & BCom(Hons), University of Melbourne 2002

Awards and honors

  • Postgraduate Scholarship, National Health and Medical Research Council, 2015
  • University of Melbourne Wilfred Prest Fellowship, 2006
  • University of Hohenheim Scholarship for Foreign Students, 2006
  • Agricultural Economics Francis J. Wright Exhibition, 1998
  • Ronald Henderson Foundation, 1997