Health Policy Forum: Sustainable Future for Health

Seminars and Development (staff)

18th July 2017
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Herbert Smith Freehills Lecture Theatre, 465.1.101, 465 - Law
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The School of Business and Governance and the Sir Walter Murdoch School, together with The Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM), will host the Health Policy Forum "Sustainable Future for Health".

Despite good performance and results over the last 10 years in quality and safety of care, Western Australia’s health system faces huge challenges: health expenditure is growing at an unsustainable rate, public hospitals cost 20 percent more than the national average, and State debt is increasing.

According to the Sustainable Health Review, the main risk factor are WA’s growing and ageing population, the high cost of chronic diseases, and our low number of GPs per capita compared to other States.

A patient-centered health care system, investments in new technologies, promotion of healthier lifestyles to reduce chronic diseases, and better partnerships across sectors are needed to reduce expenditures and improve health outcomes.

This policy forum will investigate some of these specific reform options, drawing on potential strategies to adapt Australia’s healthcare system for current and future challenges.



Andrew Matthews – Chief Actuary, Medibank Private

A/Prof Emmanouil Mentzakis – University of Southampton

Dr Ana Rita Sequeira – Researcher and Lecturer, Murdoch University

Dr Adeleh Shirangi – Murdoch University

Outstanding students’ project presentation:

  • Susannah Nichols “Food Advertising Regulation”
  • Ruth Leather “Mandatory annual screening of Diabetic Retinopathy in general practice to improve health outcomes”
  • Tay Alers “Organ Donation Policy”


  • Ian Carter, CEO, Anglicare
  • Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci, Head of the Health Policy Programs, Murdoch University
  • Martin Whitley, Policy and Research Manager, Health Consumers’ Council
  • Learne Durrington, WAPHA Chief Executive Officer
  • Paul Hersey, CEO, 360 Health and Community
  • Prof Rhonda Marriott, Murdoch University


  • Prof Benjamin Reilly, Dean, Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
  • Prof Dom Gasbarro, Deputy Dean of School of Business and Governance

Find out more here.

Registration (free event): Please register online through Event Brite




Miss Gaia Manganelli
9360 2033

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