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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.

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...

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...

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Economy

McDonald's debuts Mariah Carey holiday merchandise line ahead of Mariah holiday menu launch

McDonalds keeps the surprises coming for the holidays, and this time, it unwrapped a new line of merchandise featuring Mariah Carey. The items are just one of the offerings to spread holiday cheer before the fast-food...

KFC testing new mambo dipping sauce in three US cities

KFC is currently testing a new dipping sauce called the Sweet Hot Capital City Mambo Sauce. The popular chicken restaurant has released the sauce in three cities in the United States for trial. Starting this week,...

Domino's, Papa John's lead way in boosting US pizza sales

US pizza sales were up 6 percent in 2020, to $27.5 billion, but much of that growth was concentrated among Dominos and Papa Johns, according to data from Technomic. Dominos is the best-selling pizza brand in the US with...

Marriott hopes to lure younger and wealthier travelers by launching NFT collection

Marriott International has partnered with three digital artists, TXREK, JVY, and Erick Nicolay, to launch a non-fungible token (NFT) collection in an effort to lure more young and wealthy travelers. The NFT collection...

Politics

Devin Nunes to retire from Congress to join Donald Trump's media company

The 2022 midterm elections are becoming one of the most important races for both political parties, especially as several seats are opening up in both the House and the Senate due to retirements. The latest member of...

Capitol insurrection: John Eastman says he does not want to comply with subpoenas

One of the key individuals that had a hand in twice-impeached former President Donald Trumps efforts to stay in power even after losing the election was John Eastman. The lawyer who drafted the infamous memo detailing how...

Capitol insurrection: Former chief of staff of Mike Pence cooperating with House Committee

The House Committee investigating the Capitol insurrection has so far grilled dozens of key witnesses, including former Trump officials. The panel appears to be picking up more steam as the former chief of staff to former...

Donald Trump admits committing obstruction of justice in interview

More details of the possible crimes committed by twice-impeached former President Donald Trump are surfacing in recent months. In his latest interview on Fox News, the former president admitted to committing obstruction of...

Science

Suntory develops 100% plant-based PET bottle

The Suntory Group has created a prototype polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle made from 100 percent plant-based materials as a crucial step toward eliminating all petroleum-based virgin plastic from its bottles and...

New study shows drinking coffee, tea may reduce risk of dementia, stroke

Coffee and tea drinkers had lower risks of dementia and stroke, according to a study published in Plos Medicine in November 2021. This study involved 365,682 participants aged 50 to 74 years from the UK...

Doosan Robotics launches collaborative robot cafe

Doosan Robotics Co. has produced an unmanned modular robot cafe, which refers to a robot that can work with a human. The unmanned modular robot cafe is 1.8 meters wide, 1.59 meters long, and 1.85 meters high. Doosan...

Nissan to roll out unmanned vehicle for traversing the moon's surface

Nissan Motor Co. rolled out on Dec.2 an unmanned rover prototype to operate on the moon using its electric cars all-wheel-control technology to let it operate under harsh conditions. The Japan Aerospace Exploration...

S. Korean researchers find use for apple peel and crab apple as natural pigment

South Koreas Apple Use Research Institute has developed a reddish natural pigment extraction and recycling method using wasted apple peel and crab apples. Apple peel contains the reddish natural pigments called...

Technology

Ubisoft launches NFT platform this week with free ‘Ghost Recon Breakpoint’ NFTs

Ubisoft has been one of the video game giants to confirm its commitment to exploring NFT integration to its popular IPs. That is becoming a reality this week as the company launches its blockchain-supported platform called...

Leak: Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra has a notch and two front-facing cameras

The display notch may have been removed from many smartphones over the last two years, but it is certainly making a comeback in other devices. And it appears that an all-new Galaxy Tab S8 model is yet another product where...

WhatsApp adds default disappearing message timer for all new chats

Before Facebook became Meta, the social media empire faced widespread backlash over policy changes earlier this year that raised concerns on how it handles user data and online privacy on WhatsApp. But Meta appears to be...

Pixel Buds A-Series firmware update to increase bass range and improve device switching

Firmware updates for wireless earbuds are usually uneventful, but that is not the case with the upcoming firmware version 282 for Pixel Buds A-Series. It is confirmed to deliver important new features for better audio...

‘The Matrix Awakens’ goes live at The Game Awards on December 9

Epic Games confirmed the release of an upcoming demo of its Unreal Engine 5 called The Matrix Awakens. However, video game fans who have been waiting for a new game should manage their expectations because the demo does...
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