Researcher biography

Professor Tracy Comans is a UQ Amplify Fellow in the Centre for Health Services Research, University of Queensland and an adjunct Research Fellow in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. Her work involves the application of economics in complex multidisciplinary health services contexts. This includes developing models that can assess wider benefits and costs than those in traditional economic models. She also applies economic models to investigate the cost-effectiveness of health care interventions and leads and develops health services research focused on older people, allied health and rehabilitation services.

She has degrees in physiotherapy and economics (Hons) with a clinical background as a physiotherapist with special interests in aged care, dementia and rehabilitation. She held a NHMRC boosting dementia fellowship from 2017-2021.

My current work on measuring the quality of care for older people has significant potential impact on the health care industry. With an aging population, there is an increasing demand for high-quality health care services that meet the unique needs of older people. However, there is a lack of consensus on what constitutes quality of care for older people, and existing measures may not capture the aspects of care that are most important to them.