Social isolation and loneliness – our next big crisis?

Globally and in Australia a litany of recent reports and advocacy efforts have raised the alarm to the emergent public health crisis of loneliness and social isolation. The latest is the United States Surgeon General’s report Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Social Isolation. This is hugely significant because Surgeon General Advisories are reserved for significant […]

Crafting a Commonwealth Early Years Strategy with the benefit of experience

Early Years Strategy

The National Early Years Summit brought together Australian experts on the critical first five years of a child’s life and kicked off a consultation process on the all important Commonwealth’s Early Years Strategy.  With the data from the Australian Early Development Census (AECD) showing that 22 percent of children were assessed as developmentally vulnerable in […]

A Strong and Healthy Society Depends on Medicare 2.0​

Strengthening Medicare Taskforce report

The release of the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce report in early February triggered an avalanche of comment about the challenges facing primary care in Australia and what needs to be done to fix it. The hard work of implementing change lies ahead, and evidence is mounting that the Government can rely on a strong community licence […]

Could the Climate Change Crisis Crash Ailing Health Systems?

With much of the world still grappling with the COVID pandemic, alarm is growing that health care systems are on the brink of collapse in many rich countries, including here in Australia. Years of chronic underfunding have triggered bed and staff shortages, which have pushed our public hospitals to breaking point and put patients’ lives […]

New appointments strengthen the 89 Degrees East Canberra team

Leanne and Alison

National data, strategy and delivery agency 89 Degrees East has boosted its policy and media capability, appointing veteran political journalist Alison Carabine and leading healthcare expert Leanne Wells to its team. Wells brings more than 30 years of experience in health and social service strategy and policy, spanning the government and non-government sectors. She was previously CEO of […]

Let’s rethink ‘work, rest and play’ into our ‘retirement’ years

Read our report: Research Brief – Reimagining Work, Rest & Play This article was originally published at The Guardian on 31 August, 2022 here.  125 000 willing and experienced workers are standing by right now. Will the government let them work? Dr Rebecca Huntley, Director of Research at 89 Degrees East Next year on July […]

The Kickstarter Challenge Grand Final

Enterprising Women Kickstarter Challenge Grand Final

Over the past 11 months, it’s been exciting for the 89 Degrees East team to see the positive impact the Accelerator for Enterprising Women program is having on supporting a pipeline of talented and creative young female entrepreneurs.  On 16 February 2022, the five finalists in the program’s Kickstarter Challenge, met with Prime Minister Scott […]

A guide to filming on your mobile phone

We have put the trusty mobile phone to the test many times when creating content for ourselves and our clients and thought we would share some handy tips so that you can do the same. Get your phone out and get ready to press record, just like a real content creator. Follow these top tips […]

Making the impossible possible – ending inequity for people with disabilities

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic athletics

The welcome announcement this week that Australian Paralympic medallists will be rewarded equally with our Olympic medallists, raises the question: why stop at the sporting arena? In Tokyo, the Olympic and Paralympic athletes provided the perfect distraction from our pandemic blues, transporting us from our locked down homes. And inspiring us with their phenomenal performances, […]

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