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The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association

Think tank on the implications of federation reform and health

16 March 2015


16th March 2015


Old Parliament House, Canberra, Australia.


See AHHA site

With the Commonwealth Government initiating a process to reform the federation, the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) is hosting a think tank to examine the implications for the delivery and funding of healthcare services in Australia.

Topics to be discussed and debated will include:

• Subsidiarity, national interests, accountability and the healthcare system: roles and responsibilities of government;
• Equity, efficiency and effectiveness in the healthcare system: reform of the federation and the patient journey; and
• Durability and fiscal sustainability: federation, health and reform of the tax system.

The Think Tank will bring together representatives from all tiers of government, primary and acute care organisations and academics.

Confirmed speakers include:

• Senator Richard Di Natale, Australian Greens Senator for Victoria and Greens spokesperson on health.
• Mr Matthew Cooke, Chairperson, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.
• Professor Richard Eccleston, School of Government, Faculty of Arts, University of Tasmania.
• Mr Gordon Gregory, CEO, National Rural Health Alliance.
• Katy Gallagher, former chief minister and minister for health, ACT Government; running for Senate.
• Glenn Keys, Executive Director, Aspen Medical.
• Professor Sabina Knight, Director, Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University.
• Martin Laverty, Federation Chief Executive Officer, Royal Flying Doctor Service.
• Michael Pervan, Acting Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania.
• Barbara Reid, Executive Director Division of Surgery, Oral Health and Medical Imaging, ACT Health; and AHHA Board Member.
• Professor Miranda Stewart, Director, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
• Jason Trethowan, CEO Barwon Medicare Local.

For more information or to register for the event, visit or contact the AHHA at or on (02) 6162 0780. Please note that limited places are available.

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