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.

13 July 2020

Intensive care beds: Stephen Duckett responds to Health Minister Greg Hunt

After our warnings in March, governments changed policies and intensive care units were not overwhelmed. We chalked that up as contributing to a good outcome.

4 June 2020

Governance lessons for Australia from COVID-19

The pandemic transformed Australia’s health system as new ways of working were implemented with unbelievable speed. The big question now is, can we lock-in reforms that benefit patients and taxpayers?

11 May 2020

Australia’s response to the pandemic: the good, the bad, and the Ruby Princess

It’s been very effective overall, but the Federal Government’s response to the coronavirus crisis was also in part too slow, reactive, and confusing to the public.

28 April 2020

What Canada could learn from Australia’s health system

As the Canadians consider revamping their health system, they could take important lessons from the complicated interplay between the public and private sectors in the Australian system.

15 April 2020

COVID-19: There are only two options from here. One is more deadly

The ‘flatten the curve’ approach is actually a ‘herd immunity’ strategy. About 10,000 to 15,000 Australians would have foreshortened lives under this strategy.

14 April 2020

What now? It depends on the chance of an effective coronavirus vaccine

Australia is about to make a fateful decision on COVID-19. Here’s what our policy makers should be weighing up.

1 April 2020

The growth in COVID-19 cases in Australia appears to have slowed

The latest figures suggest the pandemic may be able to be brought under control and dealt with in our existing public hospital system. But it’s still too early to say for sure.

16 March 2020

COVID-19: The five coming challenges for our hospitals

If the more gloomy predictions about COVID-19 become reality, then our hospitals – and the people they serve – could be in for a tough time.

13 March 2020

Coronavirus crisis exposes fundamental flaws in our healthcare system

Australia’s 1950s-style, GP-centric primary care model is not fit to respond to the increased prevalence of chronic disease — and now we know it’s not fit to respond to an infectious disease pandemic either.