31 January 2018

The future of precision medicine in Australia

It’s exciting to think we’re on the brink of a genomic revolution in health care. The Australian Council of Learned Academies’ precision medicine project, co-authored by Grattan’s Stephen Duckett, sketches the current trends in ‘precision medicine’ technologies, and explores what broader implementation of precision medicine capabilities may mean for Australians.

15 January 2018

Why you should avoid hospitals in January

January is the quietest month in Australia. But for hospitals, which provide care 24/7/365, January is a time of big transition. And for patients, that means January is when things are more likely to go wrong.

22 November 2016

Three challenges facing health workforce reform

Highly trained health professionals spend their time doing straightforward work. This wastes money, makes professional jobs less rewarding and often does not improve care.

21 November 2016

Restructuring primary health care in Australia

When appropriately resourced, medical homes can deliver the system-wide benefits of truly integrated primary care.

19 July 2016

Make the most of health workers’ skills and save money

The boundaries of who does what in the health sector are essentially the same as they were 50 years ago.

9 June 2016

Patient advocate or doctors’ union? How the AMA flexes its political muscle

Health politics today is similarly riddled with self-serving interest groups that masquerade as something else. The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is a key player in this strife.

16 December 2015

Pathology and radiology take a hit

Read Dr Stephen Duckett’s response to the updates in the Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook. The updated measures target health, welfare and aged care in order to make the necessary savings to reduce the deficit.

17 December 2014

Good news for rural health: physician assistants join the workforce

Physician assistants are no longer a “pilot”, they’re real people able to meet real needs. It’s time for policy leaders to recognise that and for policies to match this new reality.

15 April 2014

Time to revolutionise hospital workforces

One way to relieve the growing pressure on hospitals is to properly use the skills of their staff.

14 April 2014

Smarter use of hospital workers’ skills will create more jobs and better care

It shouldn¹t take 15 years of training to do a colonoscopy or give light sedation. Better use of hospital workers¹ skills could make their work more fulfilling and save $430 million a year.