22 March 2019 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

Australia has a world-class health system, but there are gaps.

With the Federal election looming, what are the top healthcare priorities the next Government needs to address? 

Three of Australia’s leading health advocates will discuss how health inequity is leaving many behind, including First Nations people, rural and remote populations, many elderly and young people.

How do we fix a sometimes fragmented health system that results in people with chronic and complex conditions struggling to receive lifesaving healthcare?

What shifts do we need to make to fully unlock the potential that digital health offers 21st century care?

What steps are needed to place people and their needs at the centre of health care?  

Our experts will outline their top three priorities for change, and answer questions at this National Press Club event co-hosted by the Consumers Health Forum and The George Institute for Global Health.

Our expert panel:

Karen Carey, former Chair of the Consumers Health Forum

Dr Sandro Demaio from ABC’s Ask the Doctor and CEO of EAT

Professor Stephen Duckett, Head of the Health Program at the Grattan Institute

Karen Carey has represented consumers for more than a decade across all levels of the health care system. She is a former chair of the Consumers Health Forum as well as former Chair of the NHMRC Community and Consumer Advisory Group. Karen has also been the Executive Producer of the evidence-based health program Tonic broadcast on ABC TV and in more than 25 countries internationally. Karen’s focus is on building a healthcare system that measures and considers value from a consumer perspective, and in which consumers can meaningfully partner with service providers and researchers to deliver safe and effective care.

Dr Sandro Demaio is an Australian-born, Oslo-based doctor with a Masters’ in Public Health and a PhD in non-communicable diseases who currently co-hosts the ABC television show Ask the Doctor – an innovative and exploratory factual medical series broadcasting weekly across Australia. He is also the CEO of EAT: the science-based, global platform for food systems transformation and is the author of the Doctor’s Diet, a cookbook based on science and inspired by a love of good food.

Professor Stephen Duckett heads the influential Health Program at the Grattan Institute. He has held top operational and policy leadership positions in health care in Australia and Canada, including as Secretary of Federal Department of Health. He has international standing as a health analyst for his work on 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 Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science.

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