Hal Swerissen


Coming out of COVID-19 lockdown: the next steps for Australian health care

Australia has not yet won the battle against COVID-19, and coming out of lockdown risks a second wave of infections. Grattan Institute modelling shows that reopening shops, schools and workplaces heightens the risk of new infections, especially if people think the threat is over and...

Filling the gap: a universal dental care scheme for Australia

Removing financial barriers to dental care would improve Australians’ oral health. This report suggests how to fill the dental gap in our health system.

Mapping primary care in Australia

Primary care policy in Australia is under-done. Neither the Commonwealth nor the states have taken the lead. This report shows new policies are needed.

Building better foundations for primary care

Primary care in Australia is a renovator’s opportunity. Avoidable hospital admissions cost the health system more than $320 million each year. Providing better care for people with diabetes, asthma, heart disease and other chronic conditions could save a significant proportion of this, as well as...

A sugary drinks tax: recovering the community costs of obesity

Australia should introduce a tax on sugary drinks to recoup some of the costs of obesity to the community. The best option is an excise tax of 40 cents per 100 grams of sugar, on all non-alcoholic, water-based drinks that contain added sugar. Such a...