Dr Parkinson is a health economist at the Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE) with expertise in pharmaceutical policy in Australia and in conducting and reviewing economic evaluations of healthcare interventions and technologies. She has completed a BEc (Honours) (Australian National University, ANU, 1999-2002), an MSc in Health Economics (University of York, 2006-2007) and a PhD (University of Technology Sydney, UTS, 2011-2014), which was awarded the UTS Chancellor’s List Award in 2016. Dr Parkinson is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy (2015-), where she leads a team of researchers conducting evaluations of submissions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and researching economic evaluation methodology. Previously she was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE), UTS (2009-2015), where she conducted evaluations for the PBAC, Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) and the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS). In 2013 she was co-awarded the UTS ‘Research Excellence through Partnership’ Award, and in 2017 she was co-awarded the Macquarie University Academic Staff Awards, Excellence in Research: Five Future-shaping Research Priorities (Healthy People). She currently teaches health economics to students undertaking a Masters of Public Health and regularly teaches short courses on economic evaluation.