Think Tank on the implications of Federation reform and health

Location: Parkes, Australian Capital Territory
Venue: Old Parliament House
Date: 16 March 2015 9:00am to 16 March 2015 05:00pm

Registrations now closed, but click here to recieve information on the outcome of the event, including any findings, suggestions or recommendations.

With the Commonwealth Government initiating a process to Reform the Federation, the AHHA is holding a Think Tank to examine the implications for the delivery and funding of healthcare services in Australia.

The Think Tank will examine topics including:

  • 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;
  • Durability and fiscal sustainability: federation, health and reform of the tax system

Throughout the day delegates will be invited to join the conversation with significant opportunity for discussion on each of the topics. The day will wrap up with a session examining the potential implications and opportunities for rural and remote health delivery and outcomes from the Reform of the Federation process.

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

  • The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Federal Minister for Health
  • The Hon Catherine King MP, Shadow Minister for Health
  • Senator Richard Di Natale, Australian Greens Senator for Victoria and Greens spokesperson on health
  • Matthew Cooke, Chairperson, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
  • Philip Davies, Deputy Director General, Department of Health, Queensland, and AHHA Council Member
  • Professor Richard Eccleston, School of Government, Faculty of Arts, University of Tasmania
  • Gordon Gregory, CEO National Rural Health Alliance
  • Katy Gallagher, Former Chief Minister and Minister for Health of the ACT, soon to be Senator for the ACT
  • Glenn Keys, Executive Director Aspen Medical
  • Professor Sabina Knight, Director Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University
  • Lyndon Seys, CEO Alpine Health and AHHA Council Member
  • Martin Laverty, Federation CEO Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Michael Pervan, Acting Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania, and AHHA Council Member
  • Barbara Reid, Executive Director Division of Surgery, Oral Health & Medical Imaging ACT Health and AHHA Council 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 and AHHA Council Member

The Think Tank on Reform of the Federation and Health will take place on 16 March 2015 at Old Parliament House, Canberra.

Places are currently full, if you would like to receive the communique following the event, please register your interest with the AHHA by emailing us at

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