Revisiting Whitlam’s Vision for Health: Economists, Data and Efficiency

Friday, October 6, 2017 (All day)
Old Parliament House, Canberra 18 King George Terrace

Fifty years ago, the former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, turned his attention to examine ways to improve health policy decision making in Australia, resulting in a speech that is still relevant today. He was the first politician to use the term health economics in the Australian Parliament and argued the case for:

• Greater use of economics to inform health policy decision making;
• Improving the collection of health and health care data;
• Increasing health system efficiency by promoting competition.

A diverse group of economists will come together in a health policy forum. Speakers will reflect on Whitlam’s speech and use it as a lens to examine the contemporary health policies across Australia. This unique event is being organised by the Centre for Health Policy, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.