The Health Innovation Program continues to focus attention on the key structural issues that increase the cost and lower the quality of Australian healthcare – while proposing politically-feasible and therefore practical reform ideas that will improve the cost- effectiveness and sustainability of the health system.

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Life Before Death: Improving Palliative Care for Older Australians
Jessica Borbasi
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…

Medi-Mess: Rational Federalism and Patient Cost-Sharing for Public Hospital Sustainability in Australia
David Gadiel, Jeremy Sammut
16 July 2017 | RR30

The latest attempt to ‘end the blame game’ between the state and federal governments over health funding was scuttled after state premiers rejected Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘tax swap’ federalism reform proposal at the April 2016 COAG meeting.  The intransigence of the states —and the…

Politically-Feasible Health Reform: Whatever Will It Take?
Jeremy Sammut, Peta Seaton, Gerald Thomas, Terry Barnes
07 December 2016 | OP153

Despite the ever-escalating cost of health posing severe fiscal sustainability challenges, health reform has been dumped even more firmly in the politically too-hard basket since the ‘Mediscare’ federal election. A politically-feasible reform strategy is required to catalyse much-needed innovation in the health sector and deliver…

Ending the Violence in Indigenous Communities
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, Marcia Langton, Josephine Cashman
05 December 2016 | OP152

Urgent action is need to address the epidemic of violence in Indigenous communities. Aboriginal women are between 37 and 80 times more likely to experience family violence than non-Indigenous women. For too long, the voices of the victims of domestic violence have been oppressed and…

MEDI-VATION: ‘Health Innovation Communities’ for Medicare Payment and Service Reform
Jeremy Sammut, Gerald Thomas, Peta Seaton
02 November 2016 | RR21

Health Innovation Communities (HICs) would essentially constitute an Australian ‘Silicon Valley’ for health – hubs for research and development within which the proverbial 1000 flowers will bloom as a plurality of different providers create novel health products and solutions. The good examples and real world…

Media & Commentary

Millennials have something serious to complain about
Glenn Fahey
26 May 2020 | Spectator

While the worst health effects of coronavirus are suffered by the elderly, the brunt of economic pain inflicts the young. Young workers are more likely to lose work, have the…

As we edge towards post-COVID life, Australia's economic choices remain the same
Simon Cowan
09 May 2020 | Canberra Times

As we get nearer and nearer to the day where some of the major coronavirus restrictions are lifted, the fault lines between different visions of the correct economic response are…

Not ‘wasting the crisis’
Gary Banks
07 May 2020 | Ideas@TheCentre

It is becoming a cliché to say that we should not waste the opportunity for reform presented by the COVID crisis. But achieving sufficient support to secure particular reforms (consensus…

NHS now a UK religion
Peter Saunders
07 May 2020 | Ideas@TheCentre

It is just over 100 years ago that celebrated French sociologist Emile Durkheim published The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life (1917). Durkheim asked why every society develops some form…

Privacy advocates not paranoid
Monica Wilkie
07 May 2020 | Ideas@TheCentre

Those who have expressed privacy concerns about COVIDSafe have been mocked and dismissed. But these concerns are valid. After all, government has spent years warning us about online privacy. Last…