Matt Poynton

Managing Economist

P: +64 4 915 7590

E: mpoynton@thinkSapere.com

Matt’s work includes the analysis of effectiveness and efficiency of public policy. His expertise consists of cost benefit analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis, economic and econometric analysis, and development and implementation of prioritisation frameworks.

Matt holds an honours degree in Economics from Victoria University. His studies focused on econometrics, development economics and macroeconomics.

Prior to joining Sapere, Matt worked for the New Zealand Pharmaceutical Management Agency (PHARMAC) across a range of roles; including Senior Health Economist and Analyst. Key analytical activities included development and review of cost-utility analyses, a review of the prioritisation process, and forecasting of drug utilisation and cost.

My publications

Sapere was engaged by the Productivity Commission to investigate the potential for the electricity sector to contribute to the goal of a low-emissions future in New Zealand. Our paper was produced to support the Commission’s draft report on transitioning to a low-emissions economy. A final report will be presented to the Government in August 2018. ...

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Continence NZ contracted Sapere to undertake an independent analysis of the current state of continence services in District Health Boards (DHBs) in New Zealand. The purpose is to profile what is currently happening for service delivery against known good practice and then to make comment on that for the future for New Zealand. The methodology ...

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This is the third and final conclusion and recommendation paper in the independent review of the framework for Disability Information and Advisory Services (DIAS) and Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) for Disability Support Services (DSS) of the Ministry of Health (the Ministry). The purpose of the first paper was to highlight the current state ...

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We estimated the benefits and costs of water fluoridation, in the New Zealand setting, for the Ministry of Health. Our original analysis was a large, complex assignment taking into account and integrating a large body of epidemiological evidence confirming the significant benefits of water fluoridation. The purpose of this new report is to provide a ...

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We estimated the benefits and costs of water fluoridation, in the New Zealand setting, for the Ministry of Health. This analysis was a large, complex assignment taking into account and integrating a large body of epidemiological evidence confirming the significant benefits of water fluoridation. We estimate the net savings from water fluoridation to be $1,401 ...

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A cost utility analysis of a pilot of bowel screening in New Zealand. The analysis used micro-simulation to explore the cost effectiveness of a bowel screening programme in a New Zealand setting. It found that bowel screening is an extremely cost effective health intervention. ...

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David Moore, Tom Love, Rohan Boyle and Matt Poynton from Sapere Research Group were commissioned by Community Regions Technical Advisory Service to provide a process and outcomes evaluation of the 2012 Community Pharmacy Services Agreement (CPSA). The report examined whether the changes intended by the introduction of the CPSA eventuated; how variable such changes were; ...

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This business case for investing in a quality improvement programme to reduce harm caused by clinical deterioration (‘the deteriorating patient’), was prepared for the Health Quality & Safety Commission by David Moore and Matt Poynton. ...

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Dr Stephen Batstone and Toby Stevenson spoke at the recent Downstream 2018 conference on “Transitioning to zero net emissions by 2050: Moving to a very low-emissions electricity system in New Zealand”. Stephen and Toby presented the findings of the work a team from Sapere have completed for the Productivity Commission. This work aims to identify ...

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