Melbourne Institute Virtual Colloquium

Join us as we embark on a colloquium designed for policy makers, practitioners and analysts

This regularly held colloquium will showcase our projects and researchers. This is a forum that encourages discussion on how research insights should inform policy and practice. The colloquia will be moderated by Professor A. Abigail Payne, Director and Ronald Henderson Professor, and Professor Roger Wilkins, Deputy Director.

Register below for one or more of our upcoming colloquia. Upon registration you will be provided with a link to allow you to join the colloquium.

1. Economic conditions and opioid overdoses (Tuesday, 16th June, 11:00 to 11:45 am)

Professor John P. de New
We have witnessed marked increases in overdose deaths attributable to highly addictive prescription pain killers or opioids. Who is most affected? Will these deaths continue to increase or decline in a Post-COVID-19 country?

2. Employment and income policy in Australia: Post COVID-19 implications (Friday, 26th June, 11:00 to 11:45 am)

Professor Guyonne Kalb
How has JobKeeper and JobSeeker addressed issues of unemployment and reduced hours of work during this current pandemic? Who receives the payments and what are the effects of these payments on the recipients? Can JobKeeper and JobSeeker address needs moving forward?

3. Mental health and the COVID-19 crisis (Thursday, 9th July, 11:00 to 11:45 am)

Professor Peter Butterworth
The COVID-19 crisis, and the economic disruption it brings, represents a major threat to mental health. We will examine profiles of mental health in the Australian community and consider whether a major national policy response, the introduction of the coronavirus supplement, has had a positive effect on mental health.

4. Should hospital funding be linked to the socio-economic status of patients? (Tuesday, 21st July, 11:00 to 11:45 am)

Associate Professor Jongsay Yong
Should hospitals receive additional payments for treating patients who are socio-economically disadvantaged? If disadvantaged patients make greater use of hospital service and experience more in-hospital adverse events, this would lead to the under-funding of hospitals. We will present analyses of hospital usage by socio-economic status and explore the role of extra payments in relation to proposals to reform hospital payments for chronic disease by using capitation payments.

5. The value of using tax filer information from ALife for policy research (Thursday, 6th August, 11:00 to 11:45 am)

Dr. Cain Polidano
Can information from tax records inform policy?  In recent years, the Australian Tax Office has created a randomly sampled longitudinal data set of tax filers, allowing us to track reported income and related information over time. We will discuss some current research projects and how they can support policy and practice in Australia.

6. The falling growth in the use of private healthcare (Thursday, 20th August, 11:00 to 11:45 am)

Dr. Susan J. Mendez
Since 2016 the growth in use of private health care has been declining due to falling membership of private health insurance and increasing financial pressure on households in the face of continuing increases in private health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs. We will describe the falling growth of the sector and discuss the potential consequences on both the private and public hospital sectors.

Event Details

Date: Every fortnight from 16 June-20 August



To view recordings and read the post colloquia Q&As of these webinars, click here.