Centre Events

Centre Events

Part of the role of MUCHE is to provide forums that enhance debate and enable people to share ideas.

These events include educational seminars, roundtables and issues forums. Some of the most recent events have included the discussion on the impact of Competition Policy in Health, measuring social quality of life (SQOL) in aged care and strengthening partnerships with Government.

Upcoming Events


Physician competition and low value health care. Evidence from primary care - August 24, 2017

Professor Anthony Scott from the University of Melbourne will present his paper on the impact of competition on the quality of care provided by physicians. The study found that more competition reduces low value care by reducing the likelihood of antibiotic prescribing for upper respiratory tract infections, bronchitis (common coughs and colds), and urinary tract infections. However, competition also increases low value care by increasing the likelihood of imaging for low back pain and x-rays for bronchitis. Details.

Measuring and valuing quality of life for frail older people in residential care: unravelling the self-report proxy conundrum - September 7, 2017

Professor Julie Ratcliffe from the University of South Australia will present her recent study that empirically compares the measurement properties of the EQ-5D-5L, DEMQOL-U and DEMQOL-Proxy-U in a population of frail older people living in residential care.  The findings provide important insights into the self-report versus proxy conundrum which lies at the heart of the measurement and valuation of health related quality of life in this comparatively under-researched population. Details.

Associate Professor Peter Siminski - Topic TBC - September 28, 2017

Peter Siminski is an Associate Professor at Economics Discipline Group, University of Technology Sydney, Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow, Visiting Principal Fellow at the Melbourne Institute for Applied Economic and Social Research (University of Melbourne) and an IZA Research Fellow. His research is primarily in health, labour and public economics, with a focus on the effects of Australian government programs on economic outcomes and behaviours. He has published articles in some of the world’s leading economics journals such as the American Economic Review and The Review of Economics and Statistics.  Reserve place

Associate Professor Peter Sivey - Topic TBC - October 12, 2017

Peter Sivey is an Associate Professor at the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University in Melbourne and an honorary Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne. His research interests centre on the economics of healthcare markets. He is working on research projects including hospital waiting times, hospital competition, doctor pricing and market entry.     Reserve place

Past Seminars

Is China holding up half of the scientific and technological sky? - July 17, 2017

Prof Richard Freeman, the Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics at Harvard University and Co-Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, demonstrated that international statistics understate China's contribution to global science and how Chinese patents have a similar impact on productivity and the share of new products of Chinese firms as US or EU patents have on comparable US and EU measures. Professor Freeman will conclude by examining how Australia might best benefit from the emergence of China as "half the scientific and technological sky".    

To Lie or Not to Lie: Survey Mode Effects on the Validity of Self-Reported Substance Use Data June 22, 2017 

Dr Mengxi Zhang from University of Technology Sydney presented her paper on survey mode effects on the validity of self-reported substance use data. The study identified important factors affecting surveyee's misreporting behaviour and proposed a simple behavioral model to understand the findings.

Inequality of opportunity in health: A decomposition-based approach - April 2017

Professor Andrew Jones from the University of York presented his paper on a new decomposition-based approach to measuring inequality in health. The approach was illustrated by an empirical application which relies on objectively measured biomarkers as health outcomes and as proxies for relevant effort variables. Using data from the Health Survey for England from 2003 to 2012, the study found that circumstances are the leading determinant of inequality in cholesterol, glycated haemoglobin,fibrinogen and mean arterial pressure.

Ageing workforce summit - November 2016

Macquarie University's, A/Prof Denise Jepsen, from the Department of Marketing and Management, Faculty of Business & Economics, and MUCHE team members, Dr Henry Cutler and Dr Zhiming Cheng, presented findings of new research into future workforce issues for industry representatives from the Australian aged care sector. 

Prof Proper

Competition and health care - can we learn from the UK? - November 24, 2015

Professor Carol Propper, from the Imperial College London, presented the experiences from greater competition and choice on the National Health Service (NHS). Her presentation included discussions on the impact of NHS on quality and process, management in public hospitals, lessons that can be learned, and emerging issues.

Science engineering and innovation - the heart of economic growth - August 2015

Professor Richard Freeman, the Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics at Harvard University and Co-Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, provided an insight into how technological change based on scientific and engineering innovations are at the heart of modern economic growth. 

Competition policy - the future of care - April 2015

To ensure continued growth in productivity and living standards, the Australian Federal Government commissioned an independent ‘root and branch’ review of competition policy in Australia.  Professor Ian Harper, Chair of the Competition Policy Review panel, shared with attendees reforms removing impediments to competition, recommendations to ensure competition regulatory agencies remain effective, and appropriate changes to competition law.

Framing your future in the health economy - August 2014

Professor Stephen Duckett, Director of Health at the Grattan Institute and former head of the Federal Department of Health, presented "State of the Nation Emerging Issues in the Australian Health System". Entertaining and thought provoking, the presentation clarified the role Macquarie University academics can play and helped to illustrate the opportunities available for us in the future.

Distributed leadership - is it a dangerous policy in health care? - March 2014

Prof Graeme Martin from Dundee University presented qualitative analysis from three co-located healthcare organisations in the UK that embraced distributed leadership as part of their organisational strategy. The presentation highlighted the dangers of engaging in the 'romance with distributed leadership' in addition to the 'romance with leaders' that has dominated policy and practice over the last three decades in organisations generally.

Launch of the Centre for the Health Economy - December 2013

The Executive Deans of the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Faculty of Human Services outlined their vision for MUCHE. At the event the Chairman of the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), Rick Haliday-Smith, congratulated Macquarie University for having the insight to create a research facility dedicated to the new health economy. 

Joint partnership announced into the value of OTC medicines - October 2013

MUCHE affiliate researcher, Professor Scott Koslow from the Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, presented findings of his research into labelling and consumer choice to the members of the Australian Self Medication Industry Board members.

Past Executive Lunches

The residential aged care workforce: What of the future?
November 18, 2016

Leaders from the aged care sector discussed the question: how can the aged care sector attract and retain good workers while facing strong headwinds?  Organisational behavioural specialist, A/Prof Denise Jepsen, from Macquarie University Faculty of Business and Economics, provided a detailed picture on gaps in understanding the residential care workforce, and debated sector level strategies to help retain and attract future workers.

Measuring quality of life in aged care using the ASCOT
November 7, 2016 

Chief executives from government and non government organisations explored the history and benefits of using ASCOT with world-renowned social services researcher, Professor Ann Netten, from the University of Kent.  The group then workshopped how the ASCOT tool may fit within the Australian aged care setting.

Strengthening partnerships with government
September 23, 2016

Senior leaders representing the health technology sector met with the former Prime Minister, The Honourable Tony Abbott to discuss how companies can build stronger partnerships with government to improve the health of all Australians. An Alumni of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, the Prime Minister shared memories and insights from his time as the Federal Health Minister.

Prof Propper Standing

Impact of competition policy and health  
November 24, 2015

The Federal Government recently embraced the Final Report of the Competition Policy Review Panel in an attempt to boost economic growth and productivity in Australia. In particular, the Hon Scott Morrison put greater competition in health care squarely on the agenda with state treasurers. Guest speaker, Prof Carol Propper, Imperial College, London  shared insights on the the impact of competition on the UK health sector with senior representatives from Australian industry, academia and government.

Shaping the economy - new ways to measure innovation
August 11, 2015 

Technological change based on scientific and engineering innovations are the heart of modern economic growth.  Industry and government representatives met over lunch with Professor Richard Freeman, the Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics at Harvard University and Co-Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School to discuss the mechanisms that link scientific progress to the economy. 

The future of aged care
November 26, 2014

With so many changes to the aged care environment, MUCHE hosted a lunch with senior industry representatives and government agencies to identify future issues around workforce, training and management.

Financing health 
November 25, 2014

Australia's population continues to increase and grow older.  At the same time the consumers of health care demand the very best care.  At this executive boardroom lunch participant from the banking, health insurance, medical technology, government and hospital sectors met with MUCHE team members to discuss potential solutions.

Connected care: A pathway forward
August 27, 2014

Following the recommendations made at the previous roundtable, representatives from industry and government met to discuss and review the earlier findings.  All agreed considerable study still needed to be undertaken in understanding the general public's concerns about privacy, the need for consensus on terminology amongst health care professionals, along with better business support services to enable practitioners to make informed decisions on systems and procedures.

NDIS: Where to from here?
August 28, 2014

At the second disability roundtable participants agreed MUCHE was well placed to address identified issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective, adding real value to the sector.  Discussion and feedback highlighted critical issues in the development of NDIS, particularly information about the ‘value chain’ and other economic issues.

Connected Care
November 28, 2013

One area that has the potential to deliver significant benefits both now and in the future is e-health.  Senior executives met to consider and review what the vision of e-health is currently in Australia, what is the potential impact of e-health initiatives and how far have we progressed towards realising the vision.

The National Disability Scheme (NDIS)
November 27, 2013

The executive boardroom lunch identified a number of issues in relation to the implementation of the Federal Government's new disabiity insurance scheme. Amongst the guests were state and federal government agencies, service providers and academics.

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