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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

Foodpanda to deliver Eat Just's cultured meat to homes in Singapore

Eat Just has collaborated with Asian grocery delivery platform Foodpanda to provide the worlds first home delivery of cultured meat. The Foodpanda app will feature three dishes containing cultured chicken prepared by...

Japan to regulate lodging houses converted to morgues

Experts in Japan are now calling for legislative action to regulate the emergence of the corpse hotel business that left local governments struggling to respond to the uproar from residents The emergence of the business...

All Nippon Airways to offer grounded planes as wedding venues

All Nippon Airways Co. (ANA) will start offering wedding ceremonies aboard grounded Boeing 777-300ER jets normally used for international flights and wedding receptions at an airport venue in May. Up to 30 people can...

Doosan targets increased presence in global hydrogen market

Doosan Group formed a task force to tap the global hydrogen market by reviewing the production, distribution, and utilization of hydrogen. The market research task force will operate under its holding company Doosan...

S. Korea's domestic flights carry 2.6 million passengers to surpass pre-pandemic level in March

South Koreas domestic air traffic surpassed the pre-pandemic level last month with local airlines operating 17,166 domestic flights, carrying 2.6 million passengers, higher than pre-pandemic levels in March 2019, when they...

Politics

Joe Biden said he's praying that the verdict is the right verdict' in Derek Chauvin trial

The murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin in May 2020 sparked widespread Black Lives Matter protests in the country. Ahead of the jurys verdict, Joe Biden carefully weighed in on the evidence...

Donald Trump praises relationship with Vladimir Putin in recent interview

One of the criticisms against former President Donald Trump was his alleged connections with Russia, especially during the 2016 election. In his first sit-down interview since leaving the White House, Trump praised his...

Joe Biden pays tribute to Walter Mondale in a statement honoring the late VP

Many current and former occupants of government offices have reacted to the passing of former vice president Walter Mondale. President Joe Biden was among those who paid tribute to the late vice president in a...

Kamala Harris mourns passing of former VP Walter Mondale in statement

This week, former Vice President Walter Mondale passed away at the age of 93. Vice President Kamala Harris released a statement honoring her predecessor and extending her condolences to Mondales family. Harris released...

Science

Feeding cows a few ounces of seaweed daily could sharply reduce their contribution to climate change

Methane is a short-lived but powerful greenhouse gas and the second-largest contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide. And the majority of human-induced methane emissions comes from livestock. About 70% of...

Researchers have grown 'human embryos' from skin cells. What does that mean, and is it ethical?

Researchers have successfully grown model versions of early human embryos by reprogramming cells from human skin. The breakthrough potentially opens up new ways to study the earliest phases of human development, learn more...

Artemis: how ever changing US space policy may push back the next Moon landing

Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan blasted off from the Taurus-Littrow valley on the Moon in their lunar module Challenger on December 14 1972. Five days later, they splashed down safely in the Pacific, closing the Apollo...

As the Perseverance rover lands on Mars, there's a lot we already know about Mars from meteorites found on Earth

NASAs Perseverance rover successfully touched down on Mars this morning, and has already begun beaming back images. But people might be surprised to learn there have been another 48 missions to the red planet so far. Of...

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...

Technology

iPad Pro 2021 is powered by the M1 chip, not A14X

Apple was still able to surprise its fans when it announced that the iPad Pro refresh this year is actually using the M1 chip and not the A14X. Meanwhile, the tech giant also confirmed several upgrades that have been in...

iMac 2021 won’t arrive in stores until the second half of May

The all-new 24-inch iMac was undeniably one of the highlights of Apples recently concluded Spring Loaded event. While details about the highly anticipated all-in-one PC refresh are now out in the wild, Apple fans will...

Here are the biggest changes to expect on the iPad Pro 2021 series

In a few hours, Apple will host its first event of 2021 where the new iPad Pro series is expected to be unveiled. Thanks to the reliable leakers and industry sources, however, tech fans may have already known the biggest...

New AirPods 3 leak shows supposed live photo of anticipated wireless earbuds

The wait is almost over for Apples first launch event of 2021, and a new leak may have given fans a closer look at the redesigned AirPods 3. The third generation of wireless earbuds has been one of the anticipated products...

S. Korea promotes homegrown technology as global standard for EV wireless charging

South Korea will ramp up efforts to promote a homegrown charging technology that allows electric vehicles to be charged up to 80 percent of their capacity within an hour as an international standard. The country...
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