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Stephen Duckett

Stephen Duckett

Director, Health Program, Grattan Institute

Professor Stephen Duckett is Director of the Health Program at Grattan Institute and Emeritus Professor of Health Policy at La Trobe University. He has held top operational and policy leadership positions in health care in Australia and Canada, including as Secretary of what is now the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. He has a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas ranging from the introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals to new systems of accountability for the safety of hospital care. An economist, he is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and of the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

New aged care data on hospitalisation rates show significant problem areas in residential aged care

Feb 02, 2021 13:13 pm UTC| Life Health

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety released new data overnight comparing hospitalisation rates from residential aged care facilities. The report found 36.9% of nursing home residents presented to an...

Young people dropping private health hurts insurers most, not public hospitals

Feb 19, 2020 01:49 am UTC| Insights & Views Health

Young Australians are abandoning private health insurance in droves. And the overall decline in the percentage of the population with private coverage is continuing. New data for the three months to the end of 2019,...

How do you stop the youth exodus from private health insurance? Cut premiums for under-55s

Dec 04, 2019 11:26 am UTC| Insights & Views Business Health

Young people dont see private health insurance as good value for money. And theyre right: the cost of their expected use of private health care is significantly below what they pay in insurance premiums. Unsurprisingly,...

We can cut private health insurance costs by fixing how we pay for hip replacements and other implants

Aug 06, 2019 03:52 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

As we age, were more likely to need a prosthesis to help us function like we used to. It may be a hip or knee prosthesis to replace a worn-out joint, a new lens after a cataract has been removed, or a pacemaker or cardiac...

What are the major parties promising on health this election?

May 07, 2019 03:07 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The major parties manifestos for the 2019 federal election present voters with starkly contrasting health policies. These policies are shaped and constrained by the overall themes presented by the party leaders, but have...

Morrison’s health handout is bad policy (but might be good politics)

Dec 15, 2018 16:31 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The A$1.25 billion Community Health and Hospitals Program Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this week should be awarded a big policy fail. The move sets back Commonwealth-state relations by decades and its...

Waiting for better care: why Australia’s hospitals and health care is failing

Oct 30, 2018 12:28 pm UTC| Insights & Views Health

This week were exploring nine different policy areas across Australias states, as detailed in Grattan Institutes State Orange Book 2018. Read the other articles in the series here. Australia has a good health system by...

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Economy

S. Korea imports record-high 54,127 tons of wine in 2020

South Korea imported a record-high 54,127 tons of wines last year, up 24.4 percent from the previous year, as more of its citizens indulged in drinking at home due to the pandemic. According to the data by the Korea...

Hyundai Heavy collaborates with Saudi Aramco in hydrogen project

Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings has signed a deal to import liquefied petroleum gas from state-run oil firm Saudi Aramco to produce blue hydrogen. Under the deal, Hyundai Oilbank, HHIHs refining unit, will import...

Nippon Steel to increase boost R&D investment to speed up decarbonization

Nippon Steel will increase spending on research and development (RD) to hasten decarbonization in steelmaking and address climate change issues. The worlds No. 3 steelmaker is facing growing pressure to cut carbon...

Sumitomo Mitsui likely to halt financing all kinds of coal-powered plants

Japans Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) is likely to stop providing new financing to coal-fired power plants, including more environmentally friendly projects, due to growing pressure from global investors and...

S. Korea eyes ‘travel bubble’ to prop up aviation industry

South Korea will pursue travel bubble agreements for people to travel internationally without restrictions to revitalize the aviation industry, said Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki. Travel bubbles are agreements between...

Politics

Joe Biden COVID-19 response: POTUS says there is enough vaccine for all adults until May

With the Biden administration already ramping up efforts to make sure everyone is vaccinated, President Joe Biden brought more good news for adults across the country. Biden announced that there would be enough vaccines...

Barack Obama: New book claims ex-POTUS initially did not want to endorse Joe Biden

While former President Barack Obama is known for having a very close friendship with his then-vice president Joe Biden, a new book claims that their friendship did not extend to a campaign endorsement. The book claims that...

Kamala Harris reaffirms US-Australia ties in call with Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Vice President Kamala Harris is reaching out to world leaders as part of the Biden-Harris administrations plan to re-engage with allies. Harris recently reaffirmed the US alliance with Australia with its Prime Minister...

Donald Trump investigation: House Oversight Committee issues subpoena to ex-POTUS' accounting firm again

The Manhattan prosecutors are not the only ones who want to look into the financial records of former President Donald Trump. It appears the House is also keen on looking into Trumps records as its oversight committee has...

Science

Transparent wood is coming, and it could make an energy-efficient alternative to glass

Wood is an ancient material humans have been using for millions of years, for the construction of housing, ships and as a source of fuel for burning. Its also a renewable source, and one way to capture excess carbon...

Pigs can play video games, scientists discover

Pigs might not be able to fly, but they can play video games. In a new study, researchers from Purdue University in Indiana, US have shown that pigs can use a digital screen and joystick, operated by their snout, to move a...

Einsteinium: 100 years after Einstein's Nobel Prize, researchers reveal chemical secrets of element that bears his name

A century ago, an upstart German physicist by the name of Albert Einstein turned the scientific world on its head with his discovery of the photoelectric effect, which proved light to be both a particle and a wave. Awarded...

New CRISPR technology could revolutionise gene therapy, offering new hope to people with genetic diseases

The day a muddled mob stormed the US Capitol building, a team of American researchers published a paper in Nature that signified a landmark in gene therapy. The head of the US National Institutes of Health, Francis...

In the rush for coronavirus information, unreviewed scientific papers are being publicized

COVID-19 has not only upended our personal lives, it has dramatically changed scientific research. In response to the rapid spread of the virus, scientists around the world have had to find new ways to collaborate and...

Technology

Lenovo Legion 2 Pro poster hints at ‘twin-turbo cooling system’

Another gaming-focused phone from a well-known computer brand is launching in the coming months. More teasers have started making the rounds online pointing at the imminent launch of Lenovos Legion 2 Pro. Lenovo Legion...

Nintendo Switch Pro is launching in 2021 with 7-inch OLED panels

Nintendo Switch Pro is trending online and this time fans have something to read more than just theories and speculations. Samsung Display is reportedly supplying Nintendo with OLED panels for a new console this...

iOS 14.5 beta 3 updates Find My app hinting at imminent AirTags launch

More features are being added to the beta version of iOS 14.5, and this time it may have introduced something that could be hinting at the imminent launch of AirTags. iPhone and iPad users with access to the in-testing...

AMD RX 6700 XT for 1440p gaming resolution launches March 18

High-end graphics cards for gaming with 4K and ray tracing is the rage right now. However, many gamers are still perfectly happy with exploring their favorite games with just the 1440p setting. Luckily, chip makers like...
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