Health – The Centre for Independent Studies


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.

Featured Publication


The 12-Week Window: Coronavirus crisis Australia didn’t have to have
Salvatore Babones
02 June 2020 | AP9

The coronavirus crisis was ‘the crisis that Australia didn’t have to have’. This paper lays out a detailed weekly timeline of the crucial first twelve weeks of the crisis, which were Australia’s window of opportunity for fighting the virus at the border instead of in…

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…

Media & Commentary

Brits beat us to an independent pandemic inquiry
Scott Prasser
07 January 2022 | Canberra Times

While Australia can beat the Brits in cricket, the Brits have beaten us in mounting an independent inquiry into government handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Britain has announced Baroness Hallett,…

Vaccine passports should be treated with caution
Simon Cowan
11 September 2021 | Canberra Times

As the vaccination rate in Australia rapidly approaches national targets, the issue of vaccine passports has moved to the fore of public debate. In its simplest form, a Covid vaccine…

Covid-zero is becoming even less plausible by the day
Simon Cowan
28 August 2021 | Canberra Times

The delta outbreak in NSW hit 1,000 cases a day this week, with no signs of slowing down. Melbourne is close to 100 cases a day, despite what could only…

Could Canada’s Vaccine Rollout Success Show Australia the Way out of Lockdowns
Robert Carling
23 August 2021 | The Epoch Times

After a slow start, vaccination rates have accelerated strongly in Australia, with 6,240,640 Aussies now fully vaccinated and just over half the population (52.8 percent) having at least one jab…

A public holiday for a cancelled event? You can't get much more corona-crazy
Scott Prasser
09 August 2021 | Spectator

Those south of the Queensland border may have heard of the Brisbane Exhibition — or the Ekka as it colloquially called — held annually and running for a week or…