Health and human services: Connecting people with progress

Health and human services: Connecting people with progress

Dec 10
At this CEDA research release event find out why health and human services are so important to Australia’s future reform and prosperity and what can be done to address the growing pressure on the sector.
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Melina Morrison, Chief Executive Officer, Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals
James van Smeerdijk, Partner, PwC
Rob Hulls, Director, Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University
Melinda Cilento, Chief Executive, CEDA

Event Overview

CEDA’s new report, Connecting people with progress: securing future economic development, identifies critical services – including health and human services – as one of five priority areas to deliver future economic development for Australia.

Previous CEDA research shows that the quality, access and affordability of critical services such as health, mental health, justice and aged care are consistently identified by the community as among the most important issues for their lives and prosperity.
Hear from research report contributors we examine why health and human services are so important to Australia’s economy, and what can be done to drive innovation, productivity and improved outcomes for the community.

Event presentations

Melinda Cilento, CEDA MP3

Panel discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF


Meet the panel

Melina Morrison
Chief Executive Officer, Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals

Melina has been the inaugural CEO of the BCCM, Australia’s only peak body for co-operatives and mutuals across all industries, since 2013. In CEDA’s report, Melina describes a co-operative revival in health and human services and how they are transforming the delivery of care.

James van Smeerdijk
Partner, PwC

James advises government and business on complex economic and policy issues and the design of systemic change, including in the health and human services sector. In CEDA’s report, James looks at what’s needed to transition to a more integrated, preventative, and outcomes-focussed health and aged care system.

Rob Hulls
Director, Centre for Innovative Justice, RMIT University

Rob Hulls began his career as a Solicitor for the Legal Aid Commission of Victoria, going on to serve in both Federal Parliament and the Victorian State Government. He served as Victorian Attorney-General and a number of other key Ministerial porfolios, including as Deputy Premier. In October 2012 Rob was appointed Adjunct Professor at RMIT and was invited to establish the new Centre for Innovative Justice as its inaugural Director.

Meet the chair

Melinda Cilento
Chief Executive, CEDA

Melinda Cilento is an economist, experienced executive and company director. She has served as a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission, in senior roles in Federal Treasury and as Chief Economist and Deputy CEO at the Business Council of Australia.
Additional participants to be confirmed.

Session themes and confirmed speakers

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