29 May 2019

Assessing members of the new Morrison ministry

Grattan’s Transport Program Director Marion Terrill and Visiting Health Fellow Hal Swerissen look at the policy challenges facing Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack, NDIS Minister Stuart Robert, and Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck.

17 February 2019

Pathos, death talk and palliative care in the assisted dying debate

Proponents of assisted dying can learn from the debate in Victoria. Emotional arguments played a significant role in persuading Victorian lawmakers to support assisted dying legislation, writes Grattan’s Stephen Duckett in this review of submissions to the Legislative Council inquiry into end-of-life care.

13 February 2019

Across the great divide: health in rural Victoria

It’s an indictment of all Australians that the health status of aboriginal people is so poor, Stephen Duckett argues in the Inaugural Violet Marshman Oration. We need to give Indigenous communities more authority to manage their own health services.

15 August 2018

Palliative care funding should be redesigned

People referred to palliative care early tend to live longer and die better. In this presentation, Grattan’s Stephen Duckett calls for funding to be redesigned so more people can get high-quality care and have a say in where they die.

16 April 2018

Palliative care budget needs to be better spent

It is rare that a group of economic hardheads recommends expansion of services, but the Productivity Commission recently did just that. In a report with the somewhat obscure and threatening title of Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services, the commission calls for a big increase in palliative care investment.

7 March 2018

How to fund better palliative care

Governments should strive to make palliative care a universally accessible service. But for this to happen, new approaches to funding will need to be adopted, based on the experience of funding reforms in other parts of the health system.

24 October 2017

Assisted dying is one thing, but governments must ensure palliative care is available to all who need it

Assisted dying moved one step closer to reality in Victoria last week with the authorising bill passing the lower house with a comfortable 47-37 majority. While assisted dying is contentious, access to palliative care should not be.

29 September 2014

New attitudes and policies needed to change the Australian way of death

Most Australians want to die at home but more than 80 per cent die in hospital or in nursing homes. A new approach, without new expense, could give many more Australians a dignified death.