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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.

Vaccine Rollout 2.0: Australia needs to do 3 things differently

Jul 01, 2021 03:19 am UTC| Health

Australias vaccine rollout started just over four months ago. It has not gone well, to put it mildly. To date, only 24% of the population have had at least one dose of a vaccine, and nearly 5% 1.2 million people have...

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...

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Economy

Instant noodle export in South Korea reached new high record amid the pandemic

South Korea is a country where instant noodles are very much loved by its citizens. In fact, there is no home in the country that does not have even a pack of instant noodles that they called ramyeon. New record for the...

Australian activewear company fined AU$5 million for declaring its clothes can prevent the spread of COVID-19

Lorna Jane, an Australian activewear company, was recently fined AU$5 million after claiming that its new line of active clothing can stop the spread of COVID-19. The firm said that its clothing could eliminate the virus,...

Cheerios, Harley-Davidson, Kimberly Clark were forced to raise prices due to inflation

Cheerios, Harley-Davidson, Kimberly Clark, and Whirlpool are just some of the companies in the United States that are raising the prices of their products. The price increases were said to be due to higher costs of...

GM, Cruise sue Ford for alleged copyright infringement over ‘BlueCruise’ term

GM and its subsidiary Cruise LLC have sued Ford Motor over the use of the BlueCruise name that refers to the hands-free driving technology. The filing of the lawsuit was revealed on Saturday, July 24. Copyright...

Politics

Joe Biden heckled at Virginia campaign rally for Terry McAuliffe

Both political parties are gearing up for what is going to be a cutthroat 2022 election race. While campaigning for former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, US President Joe Biden was faced with hecklers at the...

Nancy Pelosi appoints Rep. Adam Kinzinger to Jan. 6 select committee

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has most of the 13-member panel that will investigate the January 6 insurrection. Pelosi announced this week that she has appointed another House Republican to fill in another spot for the...

Kevin McCarthy pressured by House Freedom Caucus to force vote to oust Nancy Pelosi

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy is facing pressure from many as of late, especially towards the formation of the House Select Committee to probe the January 6 insurrection. Now, the House Freedom Caucus is...

North Korea: Crackdown on South Korean influence continues as women forced to call lovers 'male comrades'

Pyongyang has taken efforts to diminish its fears of its citizens getting influenced by South Korean culture. North Korea further continues its crackdown on South Korean influence in the isolated nation, by forcing women...

Science

Hyundai Mobis develops brainwave analyzer to prevent drowsy driving

Hyundai Mobis developed a brainwave detection device dubbed M. Brain to alert motor vehicle operators against drowsy driving or sudden health issues. The M.Brain analyzes brainwaves to determine the drivers health...

Osaka University ties up with town of Okoppe to turn cow poop into methanol using LEDs

Researchers from the Osaka University and the town of Okoppe are conducting studies to produce methanol by illuminating biogas from cow manure with LEDs. Experiments were conducted at an agricultural and scientific...

Big bang: how we are trying to 'listen' to it – and the new physics it could unveil

Exactly what happened at the beginning of the universe, 14 billion years ago, is one of the greatest mysteries in physics theres no simple way to probe it. Thats because, in its early stages, the universe was filled with...

S. Korean researchers reveal method of using fat insects in producing eco-friendly biodiesel

South Korean researchers announced a method of producing environment-friendly fuels by utilizing the remains of high-fat black soldier flies. The method uses leftover fat from black soldier flies to produce animal feed,...

Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory debut world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

A consortium that includes Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory has produced the worlds first food-grade PET plastic bottles from enzymatically recycled plastic using Carbios recycling process. The bottles that have been...

Technology

‘Final Fantasy 16’ producer says English dub recording is being prioritized

Final Fantasy 16 is possibly one of the most anticipated games for the new-generation consoles, even though Square Enix has yet to announce some details about the title. Luckily, fans recently got a small update about its...

Valve confirms Steam Deck has an FPS limiter

Valve has offered some clarifications on the expected performance of the upcoming Steam Deck. Some PC gamers were a little concerned when it was implied in an earlier interview that the device would be targeting 30 frames...

Apple Face ID could reach the Mac lineup in a couple of years

Apples facial recognition technology called Face ID is currently limited to the premium iPhones and iPad Pro, but that may not be the case in the coming years. The use of Face ID is expected to expand to Mac devices, but...

‘Genshin Impact’ leaks reveal details about Raiden Shogun, Watasumi area, and new fishing mechanics

The latest patch for Genshin Impact was just released, but leaks about the content arriving in version 2.1 are already all over the internet. It has been reported that a new playable character will be released, along with...

‘Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla – Siege of Paris’ could be released in early August

It has been a while since Ubisoft announced that the next Assassins Creed: Valhalla DLC would be titled Siege of Paris. The developer has yet to provide a release date, however, it appears that the information was briefly...
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