Health For All: MMT and healthy public policy

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Health for all: MMT and healthy public policy


Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) helps us to understand that sovereign, currency-issuing governments have no financial constraints on spending for public purpose, but only real resource constraints. Understanding the financial potential of a monetary sovereign government, while it brings new meaning and hope to the aspirational statement “Health for All’, it also raises many questions as to why we are failing to meet this goal.

Our guest speakers this month, Dr Geoff McDonnell and Associate Professor Kenny Lawson, both with distinguished careers in Public Health, will discuss the public health consequences of the prevailing neoliberal political economy and the impact that a shift to an MMT-informed progressive public policy agenda will have for our health and wellbeing. They will then lead an interactive discussion with attendees seeking to build together a vision of MMT-informed healthy public policy, with a focus on the MMT federal job guarantee. Dr Geoff McDonnell will also discuss dynamic simulation modelling, “a ‘what if’ tool through which we can test various policy scenarios over time to see which are likely to have the most effect, both on individuals as well as on the system as a whole.”

https://preventioncentre.org.au/resources/dynamic_simulation_modelling/

Dr Geoff McDonnell

Dr McDonnell is an expert in health systems simulation, health information systems and clinical process transformation. He has a dual background in medicine and systems engineering (Masters in Engineering Science and post-graduate studies at MIT and Harvard).

Dr McDonnell has extensive knowledge of clinical care provision, health care and health information technology issues in the Australian health sector, based on five years as Director of Health Information Systems at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and IT, Strategy and management consulting, both independently and with KPMG, Ernst&Young and the IBM Consulting Group.

He has also five years’ commercial experience with IBM including leading its health industry transformation consulting practice, Asia Pacific health networking.

https://preventioncentre.org.au/our-people/a-z/dr-geoff-mcdonnell/


Associate Professor Kenny Lawson

Kenny is an Adjunct Principal Health Economist at the Translational Health Research Institute at Western Sydney University. In 2017, he became a member of NICM’s Research Committee.

Associate Professor Lawson conducts economic evaluation of health and non-health sector policies to identify best value interventions, and works with decision makers to translate evidence into practice. His areas of interests are helping to operationalise the social determinants to reduce inequalities, and working with Indigenous controlled organisations.

Prior to academia. Associate Professor Lawson worked internationally for ten years as an applied economist within the public and private sectors.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/thri/team/adjuncts/kenny_lawson

All are welcome to attend. Entry is free, although a gold coin donation would be much appreciated.


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