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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.

When aged care workers earn just $22 an hour, a one-off payment won’t fix the wage problem

Feb 02, 2022 08:57 am UTC| Economy

The federal governments promise of up to A$800 between now and May for aged care workers is a short-term political fix designed to cover over a long-term policy failure. Numerous reports have pointed out Australias more...

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...

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Economy

Enjoy Technology founded by former Apple exec Ron Johnson files for bankruptcy just months after IPO

Enjoy Technology, a retail tech firm co-founded by former Apple executives Ron Johnson and Tom Suiter in 2014, has filed for bankruptcy protection just eight months after it went public. The company offers to sell stock to...

Kraft Heinz withdraws products from Tesco stores over pricing feud

Kraft Heinz has halted its product deliveries to Tesco stores in the United Kingdom due to a conflict on pricing. The American multinational food company pulled out its goods from the shelves of the British general...

Hyundai Motor to form new American enterprise in Delaware

Hyundai Motor Group is forming a new corporate body in the United States, and it will be set up in the state of Delaware. The decision comes after the company made a $10.5 billion investment pledge that was announced when...

Shinhan Financial Group’s CEO acquitted of corruption charges, extends term as chief

Shinhan Financial Groups chairman and chief executive officer, Cho Yong Byoung, has been cleared by the Supreme Court of corruption charges. He was accused of the said crime in connection with the companys employee hiring...

LG, SM Entertainment team up to launch home fitness service with Kpop dance content

LG Electronics and SM Entertainment have joined forces to set up a home fitness service targeting the global market by adding Kpop dance content. With the announcement of their collaboration, the companies are also aiming...

Politics

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi takes communion at papal Mass in rebuke to US bishops

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was under scrutiny by the church in her home city of San Francisco over her support for abortion. Despite a bar from taking communion in her local church, Pelosi was seen accepting communion...

Afghanistan: Religious, ethnic leaders address girls' education during national gathering

Religious and ethnic leaders in Afghanistan all came together this week in the national unity gathering organized by the Taliban. During the event, the issue of girls education was addressed despite having no women in...

Joe Biden voices support for overriding Senate filibuster to codify abortion rights

Following the ruling of the US Supreme Court overturning the landmark abortion rights decision, Congress is facing growing calls to codify abortion rights into law. President Joe Biden, during the NATO summit, expressed...

North Korea rejects US humanitarian assistance, says offer is 'foolish' and politically-motivated

North Korea has rejected another gesture by the United States, questioning Washingtons reasons behind offering humanitarian aid amidst a COVID-19 outbreak in the isolated nation. Pyongyang dismissed the offer, saying it...

Science

New S. Korean technology repairs car scratches through sunlight exposure

The Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology has developed a new self-healing coating material that repairs car surface scratches through sunlight exposure. To change their chemical properties and make high...

Sea lettuce used as cow feed may lower marine ecosystem threat

A joint study conducted by a local feed manufacturer and Konkuk University showed that cows fed with a newly developed feed containing sea lettuce emitted 28 percent less methane gas than those who werent. Cows fed sea...

S. Korean scientists develop robot skin that senses tactile stimuli, self heals

A research team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a robot skin that can sense external tactile stimuli and recover from injury when damaged. The newly developed robot skin...

Absolut enlists startup's help in developing fiber-based bottle cap

The Absolut Company is enlisting the help of Swedish start-up Blue Ocean Closures in developing a fiber-based closure cap for its Absolut Vodka bottle. The caps design uses a combination of sustainably sourced FSC fiber...

S. Korea to produce biodegradable plastic with seaweed

South Koreas Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and a research team at Pohang University of Science and Technology will begin developing technology that uses marine plants to produce biodegradable plastic material. Among...

Technology

EA unveils ‘Skate 4’ ‘pre-pre-pre-alpha’ gameplay trailer

Skate 4 was announced nearly two years ago, but fans might still have to wait a long time before the game is released. EA and developer Full Circle released the latest trailer for the game, but it is not the usual teaser...

MacBook Air with M2 chip could arrive in stores in mid-July

The retail launch of the redesigned MacBook Air is reportedly close, with new information claiming that Apple fans will soon be able to pre-order the device. It appears that the tech giant is on track to release the new...

‘God of War: Ragnarok’ producer tells fans game is not delayed

Fans appear to be getting more impatient with the lack of updates and new teasers for God of War: Ragnarok. While Santa Monica Studio has yet to release new information, the game producer Cory Barlog assured fans that it...

Apple to implement legally-mandated external payment options in S. Korea

US tech giant Apple Inc. will allow alternative payment options for apps sold in South Korea in compliance with a law that bans app store operators from forcing their in-app payment systems. Developers whose apps a...

Samsung becomes first to mass-produce 3-nanometer nodes beating TSMC

South Koreas Samsung Electronics beat Taiwans TSMC in becoming the worlds first chipmaker to begin mass production of 3-nanometer process nodes. Both TSMC and Intel, which have made significant investments in the...
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