Author: Francis Sullivan

  • RELIGION

    Redress scheme for abuse victims is a good start

    • Francis Sullivan
    • 08 November 2016
    14 Comments

    With all institutions taking part, this scheme will succeed and it will deliver fair, consistent and generous redress for survivors. If some institutions don't take part it will be yet another blow to abuse survivors, with some reaping the scheme's benefits while others are left to suffer further defeats and humiliations. A case in point is the South Australian government. Before the ink was dry on the announcement, SA had already indicated it would not take part. This is appalling, whatever the justification.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Smart hospitals need good policy more than clever politics

    • Francis Sullivan
    • 03 October 2007

    Political leaders attribute hospital crises to administrative bungles rather than a lack of political oversight or investment. But they can't continue to put off dealing with the rising public frustration at the inadequacy of the system's capacity to meet the demand of an ageing population.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mersey Hospital fix sets scene for wider turmoil

    • Francis Sullivan
    • 08 August 2007

    The Prime Minister's decision to take over funding of Devonport's Mersey Hospital seems to fly in the face of rational analysis of service delivery capacity of the area. It does not set a promising precedent for the health planning prowess on the part of the Commonwealth.

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  • CONTRIBUTORS

    Francis Sullivan

    • Francis Sullivan
    • 17 May 2007

    Francis Sullivan is the Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Health Australia.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Sell Medibank Private, it no longer justifies government ownership

    • Francis Sullivan
    • 27 February 2007

    Medibank Private should be sold. It no longer justifies government ownership.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Close cloning vote reflects complex and confronting issue

    • Francis Sullivan
    • 13 November 2006
    2 Comments

    Last week's conscience vote on human embryo cloning exposed Senators to a level of public scrutiny seldom, unparalleled in normal debates. Many felt exposed and vulnerable, weighed down by the decisions before them.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Beyond Left and Right

    • Francis Sullivan
    • 26 June 2006

    Shadow Minister Craig Emerson (pictured), has an intelligent and provocative book that approaches social and economic issues from the right of the ALP. His starting point alone will win him friends and foes. But it will also put some energy into a staid policy making process.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Cut price care

    • Francis Sullivan
    • 26 June 2006

    The Howard government wants a different Medicare: one where people who can, pay more to visit a doctor. The government is grappling with a complex economic issue, but should not dismiss the social benefits that Medicare delivers to the very sick and less well off.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Taking responsibility

    • Francis Sullivan
    • 16 June 2006

    It is time for government leaders to stage a ‘walk in’ and recommit the country’s resources for the health of everyone.  

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Medicare minus

    • Francis Sullivan
    • 22 May 2006

    MedicarePlus passed through parliament in early March.  Rather than easing the financial burden on average working families, closer examination reveals the policy leads to the creation of poverty traps.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    A budget for the ages

    • Francis Sullivan
    • 14 May 2006

    Mixed signals lead one to wonder whether the Commonwealth is pulling back from shouldering its share of the cost of aged care.

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