Healthcare Reform in Australia: What Lies in Store?


Australia’s healthcare system is enviable, but it’s not perfect. Our spending on healthcare is growing faster than the population. Is the system ready to face the challenges of an ageing population? How can new technologies help deliver quality patient-centred care? Get a glimpse into the future of Australia’s health care system with expert panellists Dr Linda Swan (Medibank Private’s Chief Medical Officer), Dr Stephen Duckett (Health Program Director at the Grattan Institute) and Dr Roderick McRae (AMA Victoria Vice-President).


Dr Roderick McRae

Dr Roderick McRae is the Vice President of AMA Victoria and works as a consultant anaesthetist and intensive care physician at Monash Health. He has extensive experience in both the medical and legal professions, and sits as a member of a number of tribunals, including VCAT, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Dr McRae is a prolific writer, regularly publishing articles in the AMA magazine Australian Medicine, on topics including industrial relations, private healthcare, public hospital funding and the limited availability of specialist training positions. Dr McRae studied medicine at Monash University and later completed a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Linda Swan

As the Chief Medical Officer for Medibank Private, Linda is uniquely positioned to support healthcare reform that can improve health outcomes, patient experience and the affordability of healthcare for all Australians. She is committed to applying evidence and insights from clinical practice to encourage continued improvement in our health system. Linda’s experience in a broad range of senior executive roles has shaped her understanding that a collaborative approach is required to effectively implement change in our health system and that sound governance is required to ensure the intended outcomes of health reform are realised. As well as her CMO role with Medibank, Linda is a member of the Australian Digital Health Agency Safety and Quality Governance Committee and a board member of the Australian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians.

Dr Stephen Duckett

Dr Stephen Duckett is the Health Program Director at the Grattan Institute. 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. 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 Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science.