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Director, Health and Aged Care Program, Grattan Institute

Professor Stephen Duckett is Director of the Health Program at Grattan Institute and Emeritus Professor of Health Policy at La Trobe University. He has held top operational and policy leadership positions in health care in Australia and Canada, including as Secretary of what is now the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. He has a reputation for creativity, evidence-based innovation and reform in areas ranging from the introduction of activity-based funding for hospitals to new systems of accountability for the safety of hospital care. An economist, he is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.


  • 2012–present
    Director, Health Program, Grattan Institute


  • 2006 
    University of New South Wales, DSc
  • 1981 
    University of New South Wales, PhD

Research Areas

  • Health Policy (160508)
  • Health Economics (140208)