17 February 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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.