Melbourne Institute Virtual Colloquium Past Recordings

View the recordings and Q&A from our past virtual colloquia.

The Consequences of Child Marriage in Indonesia

Did you know that the legal age for marriage in Indonesia is 19?  Yet close to 25 million women and 7 million men have married well before this age. Child marriage is prohibited by international law. UNICEF reports that if progress to end this practice is not accelerated, 150 million girls will be married in childhood by 2030.This colloquium will present the results of analysis that finds significant and persistent negative effects of child marriage on women and men. These negative effects also have consequences across generations in Indonesia.

Presenters: Professor Lisa Cameron and Dr Diana Contreras Suarez

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Taking the Pulse of the Nation:  The Effect of COVID-19 on the economics and health of Australians

This colloquium will focus on the insights from current information on how the global pandemic is affecting Australians. The insights are based on data collected under the Melbourne Institute survey “Taking the Pulse of the Nation.”  This survey is on-going (since the beginning of the pandemic) and captures information on the economic and social wellbeing of Australians.

This colloquium will showcase three key questions:

*Are people satisfied with government policies to lockdown the economy but with provisions to support jobs and keep people at work? Are Australians financially stressed?

*Is there acceptance of mandatory requirements? Has there been changes in social behaviour?

*Are Australians taking care of their health or avoiding using health care during the pandemic? What is the use of Telehealth?

Presenters: Professor Guay Lim, Professor Yuting Zhang and Professor Ragan Petrie

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The Falling Growth in the use of Private Healthcare

Since 2016, the growth in use of private healthcare 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.

Presenter: Dr. Susan J. Méndez

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The value of using tax filer information from ALife for policy research

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.

Presenter: Dr Cain Polidano

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Should Hospital Funding be linked to the Socio-economic Status of Patients?

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.

Presenter: Associate Professor Jongsay Yong

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Mental health and the COVID-19 crisis

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.

Presenter: Professor Peter Butterworth

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Employment and income policy: Post COVID-19 implications

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?

Presenter: Professor Guyonne Kalb

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Economic conditions and opioid overdoses

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?

Presenter: Professor John P. de New

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