Aged Care

Quality and continuity, not profits, should be priority in aged care The Age 13 August 2022

Does the Albanese government really want to strip older Australians of their rights? The Guardian 5 August 2022

Shire not forced to drop aged care services MP News 2 August 2022

Funding is not the problem Heraldsun 4 April 2022

Oh dear Josh: is that aged care joke funny or sad? Michael West 29 January

A Poor Knock: Colbeck carousing at the cricket amid aged care crisis just tip of incompetence iceberg Michael West 29 January

 “Living with Covid” – not so easy if you’re in an aged care home! Michael West 11 January 2022

The Coalition’s ‘hands-off’ approach to aged care Covid outbreaks is having heartbreaking consequences The Guardian 10 January 2022

Amended dignity: our elders denied their human rights again Michael West 27 November 2021

Chasing the gold, we trade away rights of the old Michael West 8 November 2021

Profits over People: in-home care a cash bonanza for greedy aged providers Michael West 10 October 2021

Almost 700 deaths. Zero heads have rolled. Why? The Klaxon 5 June 2021

Richard Colbeck can no longer pass the buck on the failure to protect Australians in aged care homes The Guardian 2 June 2021

 “Political Stunt”: how the Budget cash splash means profit to providers over aged care reform Michael West 19 May 2021

Aged Care fail – and now a Budget bonanza for Home Care freeloaders Michael West 10 May 2021

End neo-liberal experiment: gutting of bureaucracy led to vaccine and aged care failures Michael West 11 April 2021

Aged care giants extort government for funding hike, threaten campaign in marginal seats (with Elizabeth Minter) Michael West 9 March 2021

Glib response to Aged Care Royal Commission portends another failed roadmap Michael West 3 March 2021

The royal commission report should give the Australian government a plan to fix aged care. Will they act on it? The Guardian 25 February 2021

Royal commission proves we need a new Aged Care Act The Age 23 February 2021

Aged care, quarantine: open and shut cases of federal responsibility but Morrison won’t step up to the plate Pearls and Irritations 5 February 2021

No Plan PM: how government’s lack of an aged care plan cost lives Michael West 1 January 2021

Aged care residents have endured brutal lockdowns. They deserve Christmas with their families The Guardian 16 December 2020

El Cheapo Aged Care: why the Coalition’s make-work schemes won’t work Michael West 10 December 2020

Coalition Spin Kings: real reform in aged care trumped by re-announcements and a deluge of cash Michael West 4 December 2020

Yes, Minister: aged care, it’s not my fault Michael West 30 October 2020

Aged care Covid tragedy was years in the making The Age 7 October 2020

No strings attached: aged care providers have the Coalition wrapped around their little fingers Michael West 5 October 2020

Tone deaf: aged care providers’ PR campaign strikes wrong note Michael West 9 September 2020

Older people and families should not have to put up with the secrecy of the aged care sector The Guardian 7 September 2020

Why did we expect Australia’s aged care to cope amid Covid when it was struggling before it? The Guardian 22 August 2020

Covid-19 aged care guidelines: ‘they’re not a national plan. This is a plan!’ Michael West 16 August 2020

Covid-19 tragedy in aged care: whose side is the Coalition government on? Michael West 13 August 2020

Aged care has been failing for years – coronavirus has merely highlighted systemic problems The Guardian 27 July 2020

Passing the Buck: why Victoria’s Covid is raging in private aged care homes Michael West 24 July 2020

Lendlease puts 100-year-old WWII survivor through the retirement village wringer Michael West 7 July 2020

Financial abuse already hurts older people, especially women, the economic downturn now heightens the risk Women’s Agenda 15 June 2020

Social media and defamation Online Opinion 2 June 2020

Ruby Princess-style inquiry needed into Newmarch House Sydney Morning Herald 6 May 2020

Aged care operators exploit lockdown to squeeze more grants from Government Michael West 3 May 2020

Are political donations protecting Bupa’s aged care licence? Michael West 3 February 2020

Government caves to a “few big interests”, ignores Aged Care Inquiry reforms Michael West 10 December 2019

Do We Need Mandated Staffing Ratios Or Staff Transparency In Aged Care? 22 July 2019

Improving Transparency In The Aged Care Sector Will Benefit Everyone 10 July 2019

Older People At Risk Of Being Financially Abused – By Their Children 14 June 2019

Slinging mud during an election campaign did not help resolve the aged care crisis 20 May 2019

We should be talking about aged care during the election campaign 29 April 2019

Open disclosure is needed in all aged care homes 18 April 2019

Aged Care Matters: Solutions Through Evidence And Dialogue 26 March 2019

Bullying and abuse by aged care advocates must stop 19 March 2019

Home Care: operators snipping 50pc fees from the elderly in home care Michael West 6 March 2019

We need a complete rethink on aged care HeraldSun 23 January 2019

Russell S Google translator did not help me understand the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce Report 6 December 2018

Rethinking The Staff-Quality Relationship In Aged Care Homes 1 October 2018

Has government by media replaced consideration of evidence in aged care? The Guardian 18 September 2018

‘I’d rather die’: the horror stories of aged care don’t tell the whole story The Guardian 16 September 2018

‘Robbed of precious time’: chemical restraints and aged care The Guardian 14 September 2018

What is it like to work in an aged care home? 4 June 2018

To Ratio Or Not To Ratio 4 June 2018

Better aged-care begins with more registered nurses in homes ABC Online Opinion 3 June 2018

The aged care crisis can be traced back to Howard’s Aged Care Act. We need a new act The Guardian 20 April 2018

Would You Eat The Meals Served In Some Aged Care Homes? 26 February 2018

Turning away from evidence and data in aged care Croaky 9 February 2018

So many inquiries: so little action 8 February 2018

Reports of poor standards in aged care are just the tip of the iceberg The Guardian 31 October 2017

The rise – and risk – of ‘early inheritance syndrome’ The Age 13 June 2017

Markets must stay out of aged care The Courier Mail 26 March 2017

Aged care reforms: who really benefits Croaky 4 October 2016

Here is why we need nurse-resident ratios in aged care homes The Conversation, 13 September 2016 

Reverse the aged care cuts? On Line Opinion 5 July 2016

There is something very wrong with our aged care system The Medical Republic 2 June 2016 

Profiteering: the disgrace infecting aged care homes The Sunday Age 29 May 2016 

We’re ignoring the needs of our ageing population The Age 18 April 2016

The Aged Care Gravy Train The Age 9 January 2016

Infantilising older women to disguise financial abuse Women’s Agenda 19 November 2015

Keeping an eye on the bank of mum On Line Opinion 8 May 2015 

 Elderly women deserve their age of respect The Age 11 December 2014 

Male champions of change On Line Opinion 24 April 2015 

Good bloke or smug thug? On Line Opinion 15 April 2015

Beaches may be free to all but access is another matter The Age 26 January 2015 

Important voices missing in ice debate The Age 5 January 2014 

 Elderly women deserve their age of respect The Age 11 December 2014 

The problem of parental plunder The Age, 2 December 2013 (with Philomena Horsley)

Mental Health

Do we need more parks or Prozac Perspective, Radio National 2007


Terminally ill patients must have greater choice On Line Opinion 23 February 2011

What if doctor doesn’t know best? The Age 9 February 2011

Gender equity

Entrenched sexism in surgery On Line Opinion 7 December 2015

Male champions of change On Line Opinion 24 April 2015 

Good bloke or smug thug? On Line Opinion 15 April 2015

Gender goggles’ strip away men’s sense of entitlement towards women The Age 10 December 2014 (with Kathleen Brasher)


Grant credit where credit is due The Australian Higher Education 12 February 2014

Time to rethink the ethics issue The Australian Higher Education 27 November 2013

Authorship, ethics prove tricky The Australian Higher Education 26 June, 2013

Social issues

The Batman campaign was the final straw: Why I quit the Greens The Age 18 March 2018

Health risks of mobile phones: what we don’t know might be killing us The Sunday Age 15 Jan 2017

Are mobile phones causing hang-ups On Line Opinion 17 November 2015

Russell S Our lives are too messy to reduce to a statistic Sydney Morning Herald 12 Jan 2017

Female opinions count: we need more of them The Sunday Age 10 December 2016

Beaches may be free to all but access is another matter The Age 26 January 2015 

Important voices missing in ice debate The Age 5 January 2014 

Give plan for mandatory tests wide berth The Age 13 January 2014

Unreliable statistics leave many out in the cold The Age 25 February 2011

What if doctor doesn’t know best? The Age 9 February 2011 

Potential parents put through wringer in attempt to adopt a child The Age 4 November 2010

Being a mother is about more than biology The Age 9 May 2010

Staying well: You can have a mental illness and a life The Age 5 May 2009

Definition of family: mum, dad, two kids? Not any More The Age 14 October, 2008

When school sport is just an exercise in frustration Education Age 3 March, 2008

The politics of test-tube parenthood The Age 2007

Give me strength, and the rural footy club always does The Age 2007  (with Heather Ladson

The gift of life can be the reward for donated embryos The Age 2007 

Mother of all myths that only mums mother The Australian 2007

 Russell S Do we need more parks or Prozac Perspective, Radio National 2007

 On a collision course Higher education supplement, The Australian 2006

One in five Australians: are you one of them? Perspective, Radio National 2006

Live Aid and Live 8: one hit wonders? Perspective, Radio National 2005

 Mental illness: being well and staying well Perspective, Radio National 2005

Life after life support Perspective, Radio National 2004

 Curse of Corporate culture Higher education supplement, The Australian 2004

Sterile Nursing limits research Higher education supplement, The Australian 2004

If you really need care, public is the way to go The Age 2003

Staying Well with a mental illness Perspective, Radio National 2003

Terminally Ill patients must have greater choice The Age 2002

Nurses are simply setting a market price The Age 2002

 Nurses shouldn’t have to fight alone The Age 2001

Excuse me if I don’t get excited The Age 2001

More depressing than mental illness The Age 2000

An obese bureaucracy starves health care The Age 1999

Letters to newspaper (aged care)

Protection in advance The Age 16 November 2022

And The Rorts Keep Coming The Age 18 October 2022

A futile hope that extra funds will go to wages The Age 10 August 2022

Supporting aged care The Age 1 July 2022

Better to incentivise rather than punish The Age 30 June 2021

Funding Transparency The Age 4 March 2021

Standards of Care The Age 10 June 2020

Regulator should allow for a humane lockdown The Age 28 April 2020

Aged care concern The Age 23 March 2020

An absurd necessity The Age 18 February 2020

Staff who treat the aged with love and respect The Age 2 November 2019

Fear of litigation The Age 27 June 2019

Failing older people The Age 11 May 2019

Protect the vulnerable The Age 6 September 2018

Battle will continue The Age 12 March 2017

Aged need protections The Age 8 September 2016

Bags of money in aged care The Age, August 2 2016 

Silence on elder abuse The Age, July 27 2016 

Adult kids getting away with murder The Saturday Paper, July 16 2016

Behind the numbers The Age, 8 May 2016

Pain is real, not a myth The Age 20 January 2016

Respect living wills The Age 11 August 2015

Too quick to prescribe The Age 6 August 2015

Risk of abuse escalates The Age 10 November 2015

Greedy son syndrome The Age 5 June 2015

Generation Google The Age 9 August 2013

Letters to newspapers (not aged care)

Going to jail is not a preference The Age 19 November 2022

Home truths The Saturday Paper 11 September 2021

Try negotiation first The Age 19 February 2021

We need physical distancing, not social The Age 19 March 2020

Good and bad science The Age 15 February 2020

We need a Federal ICAC The Age 10 February 2020

Impeach Prime Minister The Age 7 February 2020

Wrong decision The Age 11 November 2019

Preserve our beaches, not our beach boxes The Age 19 September 2019

We all have a stake in the future of our nation The Age 16 January 2018

A shared responsibility The Age 9 January 2018

Righting an imbalance The Age 29 March 2017

Tantrum has passed The Age, August 12, 2016 

Q&A’s lost opportunity The Age, July 15, 2016

Face up to racist past The Sunday Age, April 3, 2016

Pain is real, not a myth The Age, January 27, 2016

Lunches’ bad taste The Age, December 27, 2015

Time for some action The Age, December 26, 2015

An entrenched culture The Age, December 2, 2015

Sisterhood is a fallacy The Age, September 4, 2015

A world away The Age, May 25, 2015 

Loads of rubbish The Age, May 22, 2015 

Novel political approach The Age, May 11, 2015 

Negating our views The Age 2015 

Tread with care The Age 2015

Free ourselves from endless involvement The Age 2014

Getting away with it The Age 2014  

When patients know their own mind The Age 2013

Parties’ preference deals demean system The Age 2013

Seeking refuge The Age 2013

Shop tactics The Age 2013

Google Generation The Age 2013

Going to the dogs The Age 2013

Is it really abuse? The Age 2012

Epidemics The Age 2007  

Lighten our tread Sunday Age 2007

Brand Power The Age 2006

Community service Leader Newspaper 2006  

Hope for bipolar sufferers Sunday Age 2006

Remote diagnosis The Age 2005

Bite-sized isn’t filling Education Age 2005

Dangerous myths about mental illness The Age 2005

Bipolar is an illness, not a sentence Herald Sun 2005

How to lay or lie with statistics The Age 2005

Turning homes into prisons The Age 2004

Doctors, patients must speak out The Age 2004 

Abusive Nurses The Age 2004  

 Good News Story Sunday Age 2003

 Patient Counsel Sunday Age 2003

 Hysterical ‘Pandemic’ The Age 2003

 Let’s broaden the population debate The Age 2003

Down is all in the eye of the beholder The Age 2003

Stem cell debate must look at broader issues The Age 2002

Listen to youth on chroming The Age 2002

Why drugs aren’t always administered The Age 1999

 Health concerns shared by many The Age 1999

What discrimination? The Age 1998

Careless The Australian 1998

Morality should not enter medical picture The Australian 1997

Giving help at the brink The Age 1996

A holistic approach on Aboriginal health The Age 1995

Life and death not just up to doctors The Age 1993