The AHHA had great pleasure in awarding the 2012 Sidney Sax Medal to Professor Andrew Wilson.  Professor Wilson is an outstanding leader in our health system where he has made a rich and varied contribution to our public healthcare sector as a clinician, senior policymaker and academic.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Medical Science, a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery (Hons) and a PhD in Epidemiology.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a Fellow of Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.

Currently, Andrew is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health at Queensland University of Technology.
Andrew’s previous roles include:
• Deputy Director‐General Policy, Strategy and Resourcing, Queensland Health
• Professor of Public Health, School of Population Health and Deputy Dean and Director of Research Faculty of Health Sciences University of Queensland
• Chief Health Officer and Deputy Director‐General Public Health, NSW Health.
Andrew is also a member of, or on the Board of:
• the Repatriation Medical Authority,
• the Protocol Advisory Sub-Committee of the Medical Services Advisory Committee,
• Health Workforce Australia,
• the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (Advisory Board),
• the Specialist Training Accreditation Committee, Australian Medical Council, and
• the Greater Brisbane South Medicare Local.

He has previously served on both the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee and the Medical Services Advisory Committee.

In August, Andrew was appointed as the new Director of the Sydney node of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy.

Andrew’s distinguished career began as a public health physician whose research interests have focused on the application of epidemiology to inform decision making in clinical medicine, public health and health service policy and planning.  His specific interests are in the prevention and management of chronic disease, evaluation of the effectiveness and responsiveness of health care systems and the impact of social environment on health and health care behaviour.  He has authored over 100 papers and reports.

Andrew is also the Editor-in-Chief of the AHHA’s Australian Health Review and has consolidated its position as a leading peer-reviewed health journal, both nationally and internationally.  He was integral to the establishment of the AHHA’s Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research signing the Queensland University of Technology up as a founding partner, and actively participating in its development as a Board member.

Andrew’s contribution to Australia’s healthcare system has been, and continues to be, significant and influential.  He achieves much with intelligence, vision, good humour and compassion.