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Jacob Lennert Veerman

Jacob Lennert Veerman
Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia · School of Medicine

MD MPH PhD

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Introduction
Professor of Public Health, Griffith University, Australia. Adjunct Associate Professor, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney. Honorary Senior Fellow, School of Public Health, The University of Queensland. Public health physician with an interest in the cost-effectiveness of primary prevention. And much else.
Additional affiliations
June 2014 - April 2016
The University of Queensland
Position
  • Lecturer
July 2011 - April 2015
The University of Queensland
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
April 2007 - May 2015
The University of Queensland
Position
  • Professor (Associate)

Publications

Publications (256)
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Introduction Mental disorders, in particular depressive and anxiety disorders are a leading cause of disability in Australia and globally. Physical activity (PA) may reduce the incidence of anxiety and depression, and this supports the inclusion of physical activity in strategies for the prevention of mental ill health. Policy makers need to know t...
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Objective Excess salt consumption is causally linked with stomach cancer, and salt intake among adults in Vietnam is about twice the recommended levels. The aim of this study was to quantify the future burden of stomach cancer that could be avoided from population-wide salt reduction in Vietnam. Design A dynamic simulation model was developed to q...
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Background: Globally, there is a rising burden of non-communicable diseases related to high body mass index (BMI). Estimation of the magnitude of the avoidable disease burden related to high BMI in Kenya could inform priority setting in health. Methods: Using a proportional multistate life table model, we estimated the impact of the elimination...
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Background Excess sodium intake increases blood pressure and risk of vascular complications. Most studies have focused on heart disease and stroke, but the impact on chronic kidney disease (CKD) is less well-characterised. The aim of this study was to estimate the impact of sodium intake on CKD burden in Australia. Methods A dynamic epidemiologica...
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Objective Excess salt consumption is causally linked with stomach cancer. However, the impact of high salt intake on stomach cancer in Vietnam is not known. The aim of this study was to quantify the future burden of stomach cancer that could be avoided from population-wide salt reduction in Vietnam. Design A dynamic simulation model was developed...
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Background Australian governments are increasingly mandating the use of cost–benefit analysis (CBA) to inform the efficient allocation of government resources. CBA is likely to be useful when evaluating preventive health interventions that are often cross-sectoral in nature and require Cabinet approval prior to implementation. This study outlines a...
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Background This study was done as part of a larger study that aims to identify the most impactful and cost-effective strategies for the prevention and control of overweight and obesity in Kenya. Our objective was to involve stakeholders in the identification of the strategies that would be included in our larger study. The results from the stakehol...
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Dietary salt reduction has been recommended as a cost-effective population-wide strategy to prevent cardiovascular disease. The health and economic impact of salt consumption on the future burden of stroke in Vietnam is not known. Objective: To estimate the avoidable incidence of and deaths from stroke, as well as the healthy life years and healthc...
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The Malaysian government implemented an excise tax of MYR 0.40 per L on sugar-sweetened beverages in July 2019. Excise tax is imposed on sweetened drinks containing more than 5 g of sugar per 100 ml, flavoured Ultra High Temperature milk-based drinks, and fruit juices with more than 7 g and 12 g of sugar per 100 ml, respectively. We analysed the im...
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Objective To explore the stakeholders’ perceptions of current practices and challenges in priority setting for non-communicable disease (NCD) control in Kenya. Design A qualitative study approach conducted within a 1-day stakeholder workshop that followed a deliberative dialogue process. Setting Study was conducted within a 1-day stakeholder work...
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Background Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the largest contributor to the non-communicable diseases (NCD) burden in Cameroon, but data on its economic burden is lacking. Methods A prevalence-based cost-of-illness study was conducted from a healthcare provider perspective and enrolled patients with ischaemic heart disease (IHD), ischaemic stroke, h...
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Background: This study was done as part of a larger study that aims to identify the most impactful and cost-effective strategies for the prevention and control of overweight and obesity in Kenya. Our objective was to involve stakeholders in the identification of the strategies that would be included in our larger study. The results from the stakeho...
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Background Reducing dietary sodium (salt) intake has been proposed as a population-wide strategy to reduce blood pressure and cardiovascular disease (CVD). The cost-effectiveness of such strategies has hitherto not been investigated in Cameroon. Methods A multicohort multistate life table Markov model was used to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of...
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Background trans-fatty acids (TFAs) are a well-known risk factor of ischemic heart disease (IHD). In Australia, the highest TFA intake is concentrated to the most socioeconomically disadvantaged groups. Elimination of industrial TFA (iTFA) from the Australian food supply could result in reduced IHD mortality and morbidity while improving health equ...
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Background: Of all cancer types, healthcare for lung cancer is the third most costly in Australia, but there is little detailed information about these costs. Our aim was to provide detailed population-based estimates of health system costs for lung cancer care, as a benchmark prior to wider availability of targeted therapies/immunotherapy and to...
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The aim of this study was to identify a best practice method to cost the health benefits of active transport for use in infrastructure planning in New South Wales, Australia. We systematically reviewed the international literature covering the concept areas of active transport and cost and health benefits. Original publications describing a method...
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Objective To evaluate the effect of school-based nutrition interventions (SBNI) involving schoolchildren and adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) on child nutrition status and nutrition-related knowledge, attitudes and behaviour. Design A systematic review on published school nutrition intervention studies of randomised controlled trials, contr...
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The aim of the ACE-Obesity Policy study was to assess the economic credentials of a suite of obesity prevention policies across multiple sectors and areas of governance for the Australian setting. The study aimed to place the cost-effectiveness results within a broad decision-making context by providing an assessment of the key considerations for p...
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Objectives To assess the potential cost-effectiveness, health gains, and effects on health equality of eliminating industrial trans-fatty acids (TFAs) from the Australian food supply. Methods Markov cohort models were used to estimate the cost-effectiveness and policy impact on (ischemic heart disease) IHD burden and health equity of a national ba...
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Background: Diet-related fiscal policies are effective interventions to address non-communicable disease. However, despite these being economic policy instruments, there is little public health attention given to the evidence of macroeconomic impacts. This review aims to assess the global evidence for the macroeconomic impact of diet-related fisca...
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Objective To investigate the potential impacts of several tobacco control interventions on adult daily smoking prevalence in the Australian state of Queensland, using a system dynamics model codeveloped with local and national stakeholders. Methods Eight intervention scenarios were simulated and compared with a reference scenario (business as usua...
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The aim of this study was to evaluate the availability, price, and affordability of essential noncommunicable disease (NCD) medicines in Nepal. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in Nepal in 2015 using World Health Organization/Health Action International (WHO/HAI) methodology. We collected data on the availability and price of 60 essential NCD...
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This study models the economic costs of informal caring for people with back pain, using a microsimulation model, Care&WorkMOD, from 2015 to 2030. Care&WorkMOD was based on three national Australian Surveys of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDACs) (2003, 2009, 2012) datasets for individuals aged 15 to 64 years old. Estimated national income loss du...
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Background Intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) influence the interactions of a person with their environment and generate economic and socioeconomic costs for the person, their family and society. Aims To estimate costs of lost workforce participation due to informal caring for people with intellectual disability or autism s...
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Objective: To estimate the productivity impacts of a policy intervention on the prevention of premature mortality due to obesity. Methods: A simulation model of the Australian population over the period from 2003 to 2030 was developed to estimate productivity gains associated with premature deaths averted due to an obesity prevention interventio...
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Background Most studies measure the impact of ischemic heart disease (IHD) on individuals using quality of life metrics such as disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs); however, IHD also has an enormous impact on productive life years (PLYs). The objective of this study was to project the indirect costs of IHD resulting from lost PLYs to older Austr...
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Aim: Misreporting of energy intake is a common source of measurement error found in dietary surveys, resulting in biased estimates and a reduction in statistical power. The present study aims to refine the conventional cut-off methods and to examine the extent to which Australian adults misreport their energy intake, and the characteristics of und...
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Background The impact of mental disorders has been assessed in relation to longevity and quality of life; however, mental disorders also have an impact on productive life-years (PLYs). Aims To quantify the long-term costs of Australians aged 45–64 having lost PLYs because of mental disorders. Method The Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 200...
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Introduction Low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) are experiencing a growing disease burden due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Changing behavioural practices, such as diets high in saturated fat, salt and sugar and sedentary lifestyles, have been associated with the increase in NCDs. Health promotion at the workplace setting is cons...
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Background A consensus is emerging in the literature that urban form can impact health by either facilitating or deterring physical activity (PA). However, there is a lack of evidence measuring population health and the economic benefits relating to alternative urban forms. We examined the issue of housing people within two distinct types of urban...
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Objective To assess the potential impact of reduction in salt intake on the burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and premature mortality in Cameroon. Methods Using a multicohort proportional multistate life table model with Markov process, we modelled the impact of WHO’s recommended 30% relative reduction in population-wide sodium intake on the...
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Aims/hypothesis There is conflicting evidence about the obesity paradox—the counterintuitive survival advantage of obesity among certain subpopulations of individuals with chronic conditions. It is believed that results supporting the obesity paradox are due to methodological flaws, such as collider bias. The aim of this study was to examine the as...
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An upward trend in body mass index has been observed in the Australian adult population for over three decades. This trend may not continue, as recent evidence for high-income countries suggests decelerating rates of increase or even a plateau.The objective of this paper is to evaluate the predictive performance of an existing two-factor age-cohort...
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We developed a microsimulation model, Care & WorkMOD, to estimate the economic costs of early exit from the labour force, both for informal carers and the government, from 2015 to 2030. In this paper, we describe the methods used to create the model Care & WorkMOD, and the sources of data and model assumptions. Care & WorkMOD is based on the unit r...
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Background Evidence suggests reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is important to reducing weight gain and chronic disease risk. Indonesia’s large population is a growing market for sugar-sweetened beverages. Taxation to reduce consumption is of interest, but considered fiscally regressive. Little is known about differential effects be...
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We estimated the economic costs of informal care in the community from 2015 to 2030, using an Australian microsimulation model, Care&WorkMOD. The model was based on data from three Surveys of Disability, Ageing, and Carers (SDACs) for the Australian population aged 15–64 years old. Estimated national income lost was AU$3.58 billion in 2015, increas...
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Objectives This research was aimed to forecast the amount and cost of medicines required to treat people with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in Nepal over 30 years. Methods We modelled the financial burden of T2DM medicines by estimating the cost of medicines to treat all cases of T2DM in Nepal over three decades based on the prevalence of T2DM i...
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Background Cancer care represents a substantial and rapidly rising healthcare cost in Australia. Our aim was to provide accurate population-based estimates of the health services cost of cancer care using large-scale linked patient-level data. Methods We analysed data for incident cancers diagnosed 2006–2010 and followed to 2014 among 266,793 elig...
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Supporting information, including Figures A-C and Tables A-C. (DOCX)
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Background Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of deaths globally, with greatest premature mortality in the low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Many of these countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, have significant budget constraints. The need for current evidence on which interventions offer good value for money to stem thi...
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Background While the direct (medical) costs of arthritis are regularly reported in cost of illness studies, the 'true' cost to indivdiuals and goverment requires the calculation of the indirect costs as well including lost productivity due to ill-health. Methods Respondents aged 45-64 in the ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2003, 2009 f...
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Television (TV) advertising of food and beverages high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) influences food preferences and consumption. Children from lower socioeconomic position (SEP) have higher exposure to TV advertising due to more time spent watching TV. This paper sought to estimate the cost-effectiveness of legislation to restrict HFSS TV advertis...
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Appendix S1 Table S1 Database search terms including complete searches for Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) and Web of Science (WOS) Table S2 List of OECD countries* Table S3 CHEERS checklist of reporting quality Table S4 Quality assessment checklist for assessing economic evaluations of included studies
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Background: The mean population mood has been demonstrated to strongly correlate with the prevalence of depression in European populations. Mean population mood has, therefore, been proposed as both a metric to measure the impact of population-level interventions to prevent depression and a target for public health policy. Aim: To demonstrate th...
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Background: The consumption of industrially produced trans fatty acids (TFAs) has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease. In recognition of this, countries, states, and cities worldwide have implemented TFA policies aimed at reducing their availability in the food supply. Objective: This article aims to provide an update of the evi...
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The built environment has a significant influence on population levels of physical activity (PA) and therefore health. However, PA-related health benefits are seldom considered in transport and urban planning (i.e. built environment interventions) cost-benefit analysis. Cost-benefit analysis implies that the benefits of any initiative are valued in...
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Introduction: An alarmingly high proportion of the Australian adult population does not meet national physical activity guidelines (57%). This is concerning because physical inactivity is a risk factor for several chronic diseases. In recent years, an increasing emphasis has been placed on the potential for transport and urban planning to contribu...