18 September 2020

Lessons from Victoria’s COVID-19 failures

The tragedies of the second wave show the need to reinvest in public health staffing and infrastructure.

16 June 2020

The consequences of private involvement in healthcare

The evidence from Australia suggests that the community would not benefit from an expansion of private funding of healthcare.

1 May 2020

Learning the lessons from the 2019-20 bushfires

Last summer’s bushfire season was not a one-off. Here’s what authorities should do to ensure we are better prepared in future.

29 April 2020

Preparing for a hotter Australia

The warming climate means Australia faces an increased risk of natural disasters such as bushfires, heatwaves, droughts, and floods. Health authorities must be prepared, and improve their response systems.

23 January 2020

Redesigning mental health care

Mental health services in Australia are poorly targeted and need to be redesigned. Here’s how.

23 August 2019

How to improve palliative care

Palliative care services in Australia are woefully underprovided. People are dying in hospitals when they want to die at home. This is a personal tragedy, and it makes no economic sense.

8 July 2019

How to make hospital funding fairer

In theory, Commonwealth Government funding to the states for public hospital services is supposed to ensure that total payments for public and private patients are equal. In practice, it doesn’t work that way.

13 May 2019

Different types of health data should be governed differently

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy’s draft recommendation on the protection and use of health-related data needs to be revised because it reflects an old and static understanding of ‘health data’.

4 April 2019

How to improve cataract treatment

It can transform lives, but three problems bedevil provision of cataract surgery in Australia: complications still arise, waiting times are too long, and the rate of provision varies significantly across the country.

25 March 2019

A mixed model is best for pharmacist prescribing

Using pharmacists’ skills better – by allowing suitably prepared pharmacists to prescribe – would improve Australians’ access to health care, facilitate better medication management, reduce costs, and ease the burden on general practice.