Opinion

Opinion Pieces

Melanie Davern, Lucy Gunn, Rebecca Roberts The association between life expectancy and postcodes, neighbourhood locations or train stations tells us that health starts where we live, work, learn and play. They also concisely communicate the importance of social determinants of health. ...

Sarah Winch, Director, Bill Lukin, John Devereux Predicting how long a patient will survive is critically important for them and their families to guide future planning, yet notoriously difficult for doctors to predict accurately. While many patients request this information, others do not wish to know, or are incapable of...

Stephen Duckett, Director, Health Program, Grattan Institute Will 2016 be the year the health system rises to meet the big challenges of 21st-century health care? The scene for change has been set, at least with the medical profession. Respectable leaders are engaged and leading some of the review processes....

Nikki McCaffrey, Health Economist with Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative (PaCCSC), Dept Palliative & Supportive Services & Flinders Health Economics Group (FHEG), Flinders University Where do you want to die? Provided symptoms can be controlled, most people at the end of life prefer to die at home. However, just over...