Innovation needs the right mix

It helps us to live longer, with better health during that long life, all the while placing lesser strain on our personal and collective back-pockets when compared to many other countries.

No-one could accuse the Australian healthcare system of coasting. There are world-class developments coming out of our research laboratories and from our clinicians on a weekly basis.

However, those changes come in basic and clinical sciences, with little evidence of structured innovation or hypothesis testing in healthcare policy.

Recent attempts by the federal government to change, by legislation and