Behavioural insights and interventions

We use interventions informed by behavioural theories to encourage health providers to reflect on their billing practices and to improve compliance.

We focus on:

  • finding behaviours of concern, decide the influences on that behaviour and remove the barriers to its change
  • developing interventions based on academic research and behavioural science
  • using robust evaluation, such as randomised controlled trials, to decide the effectiveness of interventions.

Examples of our work

Reducing the prescribing of antibiotics is a critical tactic of the Australian Government's strategy to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

Working with the Australian Government's Behavioural Economics Team (BETA), we designed an intervention aimed at general practitioners (GPs). We wanted to know if sending GPs their prescribing data reduced their prescribing of antibiotics.

Nudge vs Superbugs

The Department of Health, with the Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA) have implemented a behaviourally-informed intervention. We completed this report as part of the Australian Government's strategy to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

12 months on

This report outlines the 12 month findings of a study. It explores whether sending general practitioners (GPs) information about their prescribing helps them to reflect on, and reduce, their antibiotic prescribing where appropriate and safe.

A behavioural economics trial to reduce the overprescribing of antibiotics June 2018

This report outlines the six month findings of a study. It explores whether sending GPs information about their prescribing would help them to reflect on, and reduce, their antibiotic prescribing where appropriate and safe

Last updated: 
9 June 2021

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