Jessica Borbasi

Doctor of Medicine

Expertise: Health, Medicine

Jessica worked as a Research Associate in the Health Innovative Program. She completed a research report exploring death and dying in Australia, with a focus on palliative care.

Jessica completed a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences with Honours at UQ and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Flinders University during which she spent time as a medical student in rural Australia. She has since worked as a clinician in South Australia, and NSW recently completing her Basic Physicians Training at Royal North Shore Hospital. These experiences sparked an interest in health policy, hospital administration and health economics for which she is currently undertaking a Masters of Public Health and Health Management at UNSW.

Together with some self-taught classical liberalism Jessica is always keen to discuss politics, health and what medicine may look like in the future.


Featured Publication

Media & Commentary

  • Coronavirus reminds us: there is always the opportunity to relieve suffering 13 April 2020 | Spectator
    There is suddenly a lot of panic over the number of ventilators available in Australia. Likely provoked by headlines around the world proclaiming there are not enough. But is this really the only thing we need to be worrying about?…
    There is suddenly a lot of panic over the number of ventilators available in Australia. Likely provoked by headlines around the world proclaiming there are not enough. But is this really the only thing we need to be worrying about?…
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  • Bigger health picture 09 April 2020 | Ideas@TheCentre
    There is suddenly a lot of panic over the number of ventilators available in Australia. Likely provoked by headlines around the world proclaiming there are not enough. But is this really the only thing we need to be worrying about?…
    There is suddenly a lot of panic over the number of ventilators available in Australia. Likely provoked by headlines around the world proclaiming there are not enough. But is this really the only thing we need to be worrying about?…
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  • Fear of losing autonomy key aged care issue 08 November 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Even before the royal commission, no one in Australia wanted to go into aged care. And little wonder. The interim report on aged care revealed an array of serious problems. For far too many older Australians, the aged care system…
    Even before the royal commission, no one in Australia wanted to go into aged care. And little wonder. The interim report on aged care revealed an array of serious problems. For far too many older Australians, the aged care system…
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  • The facts of death 08 June 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    How is it that one man travelling abroad to end his life dominates the headlines but there is nothing to be said of the 115,000 Australians who die each year without access to adequate end-of-life care? Often, euthanasia eclipses all…
    How is it that one man travelling abroad to end his life dominates the headlines but there is nothing to be said of the 115,000 Australians who die each year without access to adequate end-of-life care? Often, euthanasia eclipses all…
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  • AMA’s turf war won’t win the war on pain 31 January 2018 | THE AUSTRALIAN
    We didn’t need another demonstration of how out of touch the AMA is with the broader medical profession and the society they serve — but we got one any way. In response to the proposed $20 million dollar trial for…
    We didn’t need another demonstration of how out of touch the AMA is with the broader medical profession and the society they serve — but we got one any way. In response to the proposed $20 million dollar trial for…
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Publications

  • The Future of Medicare: Health Innovation in 21st Century Australia 01 June 2018
    CLICK HERE TO BUY HARDCOPY If the status quo prevails, and we do not overcome the formidable political obstacles to doing things differently in health, Medicare will not only become increasingly unaffordable. Medicare will also be unable to meet the health needs of Australians in the most responsive and patient-centred…...
    CLICK HERE TO BUY HARDCOPY If the status quo prevails, and we do not overcome the formidable political obstacles to doing things differently in health, Medicare will not only become increasingly unaffordable. Medicare will also be unable to meet the health needs of Australians in the most responsive and patient-centred…
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  • Life Before Death: Improving Palliative Care for Older Australians 19 November 2017 | RR34
    The notion that the problems associated with modern death and dying can be solved simply by allowing more Australians to die at home is an oversimplification. Moreover, the myth that most people want to die at home, but don’t, has also unhelpfully reinforced the popular fear that grim, distressing, painful…...
    The notion that the problems associated with modern death and dying can be solved simply by allowing more Australians to die at home is an oversimplification. Moreover, the myth that most people want to die at home, but don’t, has also unhelpfully reinforced the popular fear that grim, distressing, painful…
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