Kees van Gool, PhD MEc., is a Deputy Director and Associate Professor at the Centre. He has extensive experience in international, national and regional health policy research. He is part of a leading team working on the financing and economics of primary care. Kees has previously contributed to and managed a variety of projects including work conducted for the Commonwealth Department of Health, MBF and the Australian Senate. He was a lead investigator in two independent reviews of the Extended Medicare Safety Net conducted for the Australian Government. He is currently a chief investigator at the Centre for Research Excellence on the Financing and Economics of Primary Care (REFinE), funded by the Australian Primary Health Care Institute (APHCRI) . He has worked extensively on cancer care, screening, cystic fibrosis and policy evaluation. He has quantitative skills in micro-economic modelling and has established a track record in using linked data. In 2011 he completed his PhD at the University of Technology Sydney, looking at the out-of-pocket costs faced by patients under Australia’s Medicare system. Kees has previously worked at the Department of Health, NSW Health and the OECD where he led a project on international health system performance and policy analysis on cardiovascular disease care and outcomes.