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Medicine and Healthcare in Australia

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Sally Warhaft, Ranjana Srivastava and Gustav Nossal

There's much to celebrate in the history of Australian medicine and medical care – from the famous breakthrough in penicillin to the development of the Gardasil vaccine. Our Medicare model is the envy of many countries.

But have we become complacent? What are the pre-existing and emerging gaps in our system? And how might we adapt our healthcare and research models in line with changes in demography and technology?

In this Fifth Estate discussion, Gustav Nossal and Ranjana Srivastava join Sally Warhaft for a long, hard look at Australian healthcare today. Where do we need to direct our investment? Join us for a conversation about who’s getting adequate care, who’s missing out and what we can learn from care and research models overseas.

Who?

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Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She hosts the Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, now in its ninth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.

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Gustav Nossal

Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE is one of Australia’s most celebrated science and medical research leaders.

An eminent immunologist and biologist, Sir Gustav is a former director of Melbourne’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (1965–96), where he now serves as Patron. He has been an energetic warrior for global health, including long-standing service to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Sir Gustav’s numerous awards, in addition to scientific honours, include a knighthood for his pioneering work in immunology (1977), a Companion of the Order of Australia (1989) and Australian of the Year (2000). He was named as one of Australia’s 100 Living National Treasures.

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Ranjana Srivastava

Dr Ranjana Srivastava is an oncologist, Fulbright scholar and award-winning author. She is a Walkley Award finalist for her columns on medicine and humanity in the Guardian.

Her honours include the Human Rights Literature Prize and a medal of the Order of Australia for her contribution the field of doctor-patient communication. Her latest book is called A Better Death: Conversations about the Art of Living and Dying Well.

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