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Damien Bruce

Senior PartnerMelbourne

Leads McKinsey’s Health & Public Sector Practice in Asia, with a focus on health, aged care, social services, infrastructure and digital service delivery. He plays a central role in facilitating large-scale reform and transformations, from strategic planning to operational productivity enhancement.

Damien leads McKinsey’s Health and Public Sector Practice in Asia, including health, aged care, social service, infrastructure, and digital delivery. He has extensive experience in serving public and private organisations in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He also leads the firm’s health analytics and private health insurance work across Asia.

Damien works with leaders in the health and public sector industries to undertake strategic transformations, improve productivity, and enhance operational effectiveness and outcomes. His experience spans the public sector—at both the federal and state levels—and the private sector, including health insurers, health providers, pharmaceutical companies, and community service providers.

Functionally, Damien has experience in operations, improper payments, service reconfiguration, operating model reform, and IT optimization. He also has deep expertise in digital technologies, including the design of telehealth trials, electronic-medical-record strategy, and public sector service delivery to citizens.

Damien has completed the Chartered Financial Analyst course and is a board member of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Victoria).

  • Healthcare
  • Social Sector

Published Work

Unlocking the potential of generative AI: Three key questions for government agencies,” McKinsey & Company, December 2023

Tackling healthcare’s biggest burdens with generative AI,” McKinsey & Company, July 2023

Should I stay, or should I go? Australia’s nurse retention dilemma,” McKinsey & Company, September 2022

Social spending: Managing a $5 trillion challenge,” McKinsey & Company, August 2019

Improving outcomes with better government productivity,” McKinsey & Company, March 2018

Global private payors: A trillion-euro growth industry,” McKinsey & Company, December 2016

Past Experience

Herbert Smith Freehills


London Business School

Monash University
BComm, commerce and law