Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy & International Affairs

21ST CENTURY CHALLENGES IN AUSTRALIAN POLITICS: AN MP’S PERSPECTIVE

Thu 19th April 2018 | 12.30pm - 1.30pm | Murdoch University (Building 460 Room 1.031)

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What does the paradox of prolonged economic stability, a new communication technology and media landscape, and the limitations of both federalism and nation-state primacy mean for how we go about politics in Australia in the 21st century? Josh Wilson MP, Federal member for Fremantle will share his thoughts on how we can best grapple with these challenges and what it means for Australia’s political system to address them.


About Josh Wilson:

Josh Wilson is the Federal Member for Fremantle. He is currently the Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on the NBN and a member of the House Economics Committee. Prior to entering parliament he was the Deputy Mayor of Fremantle (2011-16), where he led work on economic development and revitalization, and also introduced a successful Indigenous employment target. He was previously the Chief of Staff to Hon. Melissa Parke, including the period in which Ms Parke was the Minister for International Development. Josh has also worked as an Associate Lecturer at Curtin University, a paralegal and litigation project manager, and a freelance photojournalist and travel writer.


Please RSVP to sirwalterschool@murdoch.edu.au by Tuesday 17th April.

Light lunch provided. Please note photos may be taken for social media purposes.

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Is the Australian Health System in Crisis?

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Tue 20th March 2018 | 2pm - 3pm | Lecture Theatre 3.024, Building 250, Murdoch University South Street Campus (WA)

The Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs is hosting the 2018 inaugural Health Administration, Policy and Leadership Lecture, featuring Dr Stephen Duckett, Health Program Director of the Grattan Institute.
In this lecture, Professor Duckett will discuss the sustainability of the Australian health care system and outline some of the economic challenges facing the system. He will also review contemporary system issues including the future of the primary care system, hospital funding and quality of care in hospitals.

About Dr Stephen Duckett

Dr Stephen Duckett is Director of the Health Program at Grattan Institute. He has held top operational and policy leadership positions in health care in Australia and Canada, including as Secretary of what is now the Commonwealth Department of Health. He has a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas ranging from the introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals to new systems of accountability for the safety of hospital care. An economist, he is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/contemporary-tensions-in-the-economics-of-australian-health-care-tickets-43120913814

Places for this event are strictly limited and registration is essential

The Sir Walter Murdoch School is also co-hosting the ACHSM WA Breakfast Forum Hospitals 2020: The Challanges for the Next Commonwealth-State Health Care Agreement. This event features Dr Stephen Duckett on the 16th of March. Click here to find out more.

Thanks to our partners: ACHSM and EY

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Health Administration, Policy and Leadership Program

Visit tour to Royal Flying Doctor Service

The students of the Health Administration, Policy and Leadership program had the unique opportunity to visit the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Jandakop Airport, Perth. The tour comprised a visit to the coordination centre where all emergency calls are received and services are assigned by level of urgency. The centre receives approximately 500 incoming and outgoing calls each day. On average 23 sick and injured patients are transported for medical treatment every day.

The students also had the opportunity to discuss the complexities of the funding provision of this charity, whose service are entirely free of charge. But the work of the RFDS is not limited to aeromedical evacuations and transfers. A significant work is devoted to primary health care through remote clinics that provide nursing and GP services, dental services, women’s health and allied health & medical specialists.

To complete the tour, the students visited the engineering hangars and patient transfer facilities – a fully equipped ICU. The final reaction was unanimous: it was a great opportunity to meet a life-saving service meant to reduce the healthcare access disparities of those who live, work and travel across Western Australia.


“Thank you for the opportunity to be part of the Tour of the Flying Doctor Serice. The tour helped to answer some of my pending questions. (…) I had an enlightening moment and I hope it will build towards my small contribution to this great cause.” Courage Madinya (Participant student)

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Sir Walter Murdoch School Policy Seminar: Fans First – The Optus Stadium Journey

Thu 22nd February 2018 | 12pm - 1pm | Room 1.002, Learning Link Building 513, Murdoch University South Street Campus (WA)

Speaker: Mr David Etherton, CEO, VenuesWestDavid Etherton.png

David Etherton has spent the last decade as Chief Executive Officer of VenuesWest. With the opening of Optus Stadium, Western Australia now has a portfolio of sporting and entertainment venues that is among the best in the country. After starting with four venues valued at $180 million, VenuesWest now has a 13-venue portfolio valued at $2.2 billion, with nearly five million annual visitors expected in 2018/19. David has led VenuesWest through this growth whilst achieving exceptionally high customer satisfaction rates year on year. He was recognised in 2005 as a 40 under 40 leader and in 2017 was awarded the prestigious Murdoch University Leader of the Year in State or Federal Government Award.

Please RSVP to sirwalterschool@murdoch.edu.au .