The 2019 John Deeble Lecture and Panel Discussion

Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Venue: Parliament House, Mural Hall A & B
Date: 18 October 2019 8:30am to 18 October 2019 01:00pm

Policy making for complex health systems is fraught with hazards and unintended consequences. It is also often not good at using evidence. 

In the inaugural John Deeble lecture, Professor Nigel Edwards, CEO Nuffield Trust, considered some of the more common dysfunctions in policy formation and implementation and the reasons why good policy goes bad.

Nigel also offered possible solutions to these issues, including how policy makers, researchers and managers can develop more productive ways of working together.

About the John Deeble Lecture and panel discussion

Often dubbed ‘the father of Medicare’, Professor John Deeble was a conceiver, implementer and defender of universal healthcare for nearly 50 years.

The John Deeble Lecture has been established by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association to commemorate John's life and achievements as a distinguished scholar, health economist and health policy leader.

This annual lecture, presented by AHHA, was aimed at public sector leaders and executives, health executives and academics.

The e Lecture was followed by a panel discussion reflecting on the complexities of the health system and the way we manage and set health policy in Australia. Members of the panel included Professor Ian Frazer (Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland), the Hon Nicola Roxon (Chair HESTA), Mr Romlie Mokak (Commisioner, Productivity Commission) and moderator Professor Johanna Westbrook (Director Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research Macquarie University).

Leaders had the opportunity to share their experiences, deep understanding, and knowledge of national health policy.

About Professor Nigel Edwards:

Nigel Edwards is Chief Executive of the Nuffield Trust, UK.

Nigel has previously held senior appointments to KPMG’s Global Centre of Excellence for Health and Life Sciences, The King’s Fund and the NHS Confederation.

Nigel is currently working with the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies on developments in health care provision in Europe.

For more information on panel members: Speaker biographies

Please find the agenda for the day: here