Melbourne Institute Economic and Social Outlook Conference 2012

The Melbourne Institute’s Economic and Social Outlook Conference (November 1-2) presentations are now up on their website. Here’s the links for the health, schools and homelessness sessions, the rest can be found here. You can get a .pdf of the slides for many of the presentations and I’ve included links for mp3 downloads. Enjoy.

Will health reform work? This year has seen major changes to hospital funding and performance management. How will these reforms affect service delivery and deal with the costs? Is there more that needs to be done?


Professor James Angus AO, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne


Professor Stephen Leeder AO, Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, School of Public Health and Director, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, The University of Sydney – View presentation

Professor Anthony Scott, Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute – View presentation

Dr Tony Sherbon, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority – View presentation

School education
David Gonski had reported, Julia Gillard has replied and the coalition is up in arms. What is the way forward for school reform?


Adjunct Professor Alison McClelland, Commissioner, Productivity Commission


Ms Lisa Paul AO PSM, Secretary, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Mr Richard Bolt, Victorian Secretary, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Associate Professor Chris Ryan, Director, Economics of Education and Child Development, Melbourne Institute – View presentation

We were the last rich nation standing during what the rest of the world called the Great Recession. But our macro success masks deep-seated social problems. Has there been any progress in reducing homelessness? What more can be done to assist our most vulnerable citizens?Chair:

Mr Robert Fitzgerald AM, Commissioner, Productivity Commission


The Hon Mary Wooldridge MP, Minister for Mental Health, Women’s Affairs and Community Services

Dr Rosanna Scutella, Senior Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute – View presentation

Mr Tony Nicholson, Executive Director, Brotherhood of St Laurence