New South Wales


In Conversation with: Professor Henry Cutler


From: Thursday June 23, 2022, 12:30 pm

To: Thursday June 23, 2022, 1:30 pm

Aged care reform in Australia. Giving competition a chance to improve quality

The Royal Commission on Aged Care Quality and Safety concluded that residential aged care was delivering poor care quality, had little accountability, was devoid of quality information, and lacked consumer choice. The Australian Government responded in 2021 announcing 29 reforms to be implemented between 2021-25.  

This presentation will provide a prospective analysis of market-oriented reforms in residential aged care. We analyse the potential strengths and weaknesses of the reforms against a theoretical model of provider behaviour, and empirical research on the impact of market-oriented reforms in nursing home care internationally. The analysis is placed within the historical significance of implementing market-oriented reforms in residential aged care, and the additional reform planned for regulation and governance arrangements.

About our speaker

Henry is the inaugural director of the Centre for the Health Economy at Macquarie University (MUCHE), currently leading a team of 14 health economics researchers, three PhD students and support staff.

He is an applied health economist with extensive skills in evaluating real world problems, having undertaken a consulting role to government and non-government organisations for 15 years.

His work uses a variety of quantitative techniques, including economic evaluation, data analytics, choice modelling, panel data econometrics, Markov modelling, decision tree analysis, geospatial mapping, and survey design and implementation.

Henry has led close to 100 health economics research projects over the last 15 years, with funding associated with these projects totalling approximately $8.7 million. He is currently chief investigator on several MRFF and NHMRC funded projects totalling $8.3 million and is associated with the NHMRC Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability, two NHMRC Centres for Research Excellence in Digital Health and Suicide Prevention, and the Digital Health CRC. Henry is also an affiliated researcher within the Centre for Emotional Health and the Centre for Hearing Education Application Research at Macquarie University.

He has also gained research experience across a broad health care base. This includes cancer, visual impairment, dementia, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, road trauma, sleep disorders, mental health, hearing, pathology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, aged care, integrated care, digital health and hospitals.

He has contributed significantly to media over the last five years, including Australian Financial Review, The Australian, ABC News, ABC Radio National, ABC’s Lateline, ABC’s The Business, BRW, In the Black, Medical Observer, Australian Doctor, Aged Care Insight, Australian Ageing Agenda, and Hospital and Ageing.

Prior to joining MUCHE, Henry led the health economics team at KPMG, and was head of the Sydney Health Economics and Social Policy team for Access Economics. He also worked as a senior economic consultant the Centre for International Economics for five years, and spent eight years in the debt, equity and derivative markets, both in Australia and the UK.

Registration and Joining this Event

This is a hybrid event, being held in-person at Macquarie University City Campus and online via Zoom.

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Macquarie University City Campus, room 2414, level 2

123 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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