26 November 2020

Charting the long fight against COVID-19

Victoria has finally defeated the second wave. Australia should now learn the lessons – not only what went right, but what went tragically wrong.

15 November 2020

Grattan’s work to improve Australia’s health system

The Grattan Institute’s Health Program focuses on three key issues: prevention, access and waste.

28 April 2020

The role of boards during the pandemic

Grattan’s Health Program Director Stephen Duckett sits on several boards. In this video presentation, he discusses the impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on the role of boards members and chairs.

4 December 2019

Saving private health

Stephen Duckett presents to the National Press Club about our recently released reports on private health insurance. These reports show there is more unnecessary care in private hospitals and

22 October 2019

Remembering Richard Scotton, co-founder of Medicare

Richard Scotton, a co-founder of Medicare, has died. In this eulogy, Grattan’s Stephen Duckett, a former colleague, pays tribute to an Australian whose contribution to public policy improved Australia.

6 August 2019

Prosthesis pricing needs fundamental reform

Prosthesis pricing in Australia doesn’t provide best value to taxpayers, health insurance members, or patients. The current system should be dumped, and replaced by a new approach to paying for surgical care which bundles prosthesis costs into a single price.

2 August 2019

Private health insurance under challenge

Private health insurance coverage is in decline in Australia.
In this presentation, Grattan’s Stephen Duckett proposes a range of potential policy solutions.

19 June 2019

Improving primary care

Australia’s primary care system is failing in the prevention and management of chronic disease. In this presentation, Stephen Duckett urges reform to lengthen GP consultations and reduce the number of avoidable hospital admissions.

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.

20 August 2018

Better ways to improve hospital safety

Complications can cause extra pain and suffering for hospital patients. But complications also cost the health system money. In this presentation, Grattan Institute’s Stephen Duckett identifies policy reforms that could improve patient care and boost the bottom line at the same time.