26 October 2020

At zero new cases, Victoria is on top of the world

No other place in the world has tamed a COVID-19 second wave this large. Few have even come close.

15 October 2020

The Aged Care Royal Commission has squibbed it on COVID

The Royal Commission has taken a political decision to not confront the question of failure and accountability. Its report is superficial and unhelpful. Its conclusion is misleading and obscures the truth.

13 October 2020

Unfair and inefficient: how Australia funds residential aged care

It’s a vicious cycle that enables unscrupulous providers to prey on people at their most vulnerable – when they fear a health setback leaves them with no choice but to quickly go into residential aged care.

9 October 2020

Budget 2020 didn’t do enough to fix aged care

There was no down-payment on improved residential care, meaning older Australians in facilities with inadequate staffing are condemned to that existence for another year or more.

7 October 2020

Budget 2020: big health problems lead to big health spending

The Government is spending a lot in response to the pandemic — but not enough. For example, much more is needed to fix the aged care mess.

30 September 2020

How to fix aged care

After the horror stories from the Royal Commission and the tragedies of the COVID crisis, the federal Budget should feature an aged-care trifecta: expansion of home care, greater transparency, and a rescue package.

28 September 2020

Melbourne inches towards the end of lockdown

The Victorian Government will now rely predominantly on epidemiological thresholds rather than dates to guide it on when to ease COVID-19 restrictions. It’s the right move, given the ultimate goal is zero active cases.

8 September 2020

The PM is wrong: aged care should not be ‘pre-palliative care’

If we are serious about older Australians’ rights, we need to stop describing residential care as a place we ‘put’ people while we wait for them to die.

9 August 2020

Victoria’s daily COVID reporting is hopelessly inadequate

What the public is told each day is a selected subset of the data being used to manage the pandemic. The Government does not disclose information it is using to track progress of COVID-19. Instead, it uses this additional information to massage its message.

24 July 2020

Questions of governance: reflections from a primary health network

A board with the appropriate mix of generic skills, industry experience, and diversity will lead to better governance of not-for-profit organisations, and through that, better outcomes.