Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research

Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research

About Us

Established in November 2011, the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research is the research arm of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA). At the Deeble Institute, we develop and promote rigorous and independent research that informs national health policy. Our goal is to make evidence the cornerstone for health policy development in Australia. We do this by connecting researchers, policymakers and practitioners and by creating opportunities to translate research into good health policy and practice.

Some of the Institute’s published research work is used by the AHHA to inform its policy and advocacy program.

What We Do


The Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research is funded through membership fees and commissioned research. For more details on membership and benefits click here. A Deeble membership also entitles you to a membership with AHHA.

Honouring Professor John Deeble

Professor John Deeble AO, 9 July 1931 to 5 October 2018

Professor John Deeble AO was an Emeritus Fellow of the Australian National University, a Sax Medallist and life member of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA). With Dr Dick Scotton, he co-authored the original proposals for universal health insurance in 1968 when they worked together at the Melbourne University Institute of Applied Economic Research. The Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research was named in his honour.

He was Special Adviser to the Ministers for health in the Whitlam and Hawke governments, Chairman of the Planning Committees for both Medibank and Medicare and a Commissioner of the Health Insurance Commission for 16 years. Other appointments have included First Assistant Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Health, Founding Director of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and from 1989 to 2005, Senior Fellow in Epidemiology and Adjunct Professor in Economics at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University.

Professor Deeble was a World Bank Consultant on health care financing in Hungary, Turkey and Indonesia, and for over 10 years to 2005, an adviser to the government of South Africa.

Contact Us

Our members play a huge part in what we do. If you want to get involved with the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research, you can contact us on:

Phone: 02 6162 0780


Post: PO Box 78 Deakin West ACT 2600

Location: Unit 8, 2 Phipps Close Deakin ACT 2600

Twitter: @DeebleInstitute