Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research welcomes new Director

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) has announced the appointment of Ms Susan Killion as Director of its Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research.

The Deeble Institute brings together health researchers, practitioners and policymakers, both nationally and internationally, to explore opportunities for research collaboration in health systems.

“With health policy firmly at the centre of political debate, it is more important than ever for the Deeble Institute and its partners to collaborate on an evidence base for health policy that is built on sound research, taking into account the perspectives of health practitioners, while being cognisant of the political realities in which policy is made,” said Alison Verhoeven, AHHA Chief Executive.

“Susan Killion has enjoyed an extensive career in health for over thirty years, both in Australia and the United States.  Her experience includes holding a variety of health leadership roles including clinical, management, policy and strategic planning, performance, university lecturing, research and publishing,” said Ms Verhoeven.

“Susan will play a key leadership role in working with our academic partners to extend and strengthen relationships with policymakers and practitioners.  She is well placed to understand their key issues, and to identify and share evidence to address these needs,” said Ms Verhoeven.    

Recent Deeble Institute publications include an Issues Brief on Options for Finance in Primary Care in Australia which explores the current state of primary health care financing in Australia and considers financing tools such as social impact bonds. A second Issues Brief, The Road to Reducing Dementia Onset and Prevalence - Are diet and physical activity interventions worth investing in? examines the evidence surrounding dementia onset and identifies policy actions and interventions that can be implemented to address this growing problem.

In September 2015 the AHHA in conjunction with the Deeble Institute will be hosting a Think Tank on Sustainable Funding of Public Hospitals, in the context of the Government’s decision to change how the Commonwealth will contribute to the funding of public hospitals from 2017-18 onwards. The Think Tank will be followed by a workshop on bundled payments in primary care. Delegates will be challenged with and invited to contribute to disruptive thinking, and innovative views on alternative funding models. 

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The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association is the national peak body for public and not-for-profit hospitals, community and primary healthcare services, and advocates for universal, high quality and affordable healthcare to benefit the whole community.

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Alison Verhoeven

Chief Executive, The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association

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