AHHA mourns the loss of Gavin Mooney

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA) today expressed its shock and deep sadness at the death of Professor Gavin Mooney and his partner Delys Weston.

The Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association represents Australia’s largest group of health care providers in public hospitals, community and primary health sectors and advocates for universal high quality healthcare to benefit the whole community.

“Gavin was one of Australia’s leading health economists who used his knowledge and skills to improve the lives of the disadvantaged in Australia and around the world,” Ms Prue Power AM, CEO of the AHHA, said today.

“Gavin was a health economist who saw beyond the dollars and cents to the real life impact of illness and disability on both individuals and our society as a whole. He had a particular passion for Indigenous health and worked with governments and Indigenous communities to improve health outcomes among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders by addressing the social, cultural and economic determinants of health.

“He was a strong advocate for consumer-driven health reforms and had particular expertise in Citizens’ Juries, a process for enabling consumers to determine priorities for health funding. Gavin had written extensively on Citizens’ Juries and personally conducted a number of these around Australia and overseas. His commitment to this issue and his generous spirit prompted him to make his book on this subject available without cost, to ensure that it was accessible to everyone in the health sector.

“AHHA’s Just Health Consultants had been working with Gavin on a project and will greatly miss his insightful and knowledgeable input. In countries as diverse as South Africa and Finland, as well as in Australia, his contribution to improving the health and well-being of our communities will be sadly missed.

“AHHA would like to extend our sympathies to Gavin’s and Delys’s families at this tragic time,” Ms Power said.

For more information/comment: Ms Prue Power, CEO AHHA, 0417 419 857