Gordon Gregory awarded 2012 Honorary Life Membership

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


About AHHA Life Membership
Honorary Life Membership of the Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association is precious. It is awarded only rarely and only in recognition of a person' significant, long-term contribution to healthcare in Australia as well as to the Association.

Gordon Gregory
This year, the AHHA Board has great pleasure in awarding the Association’s 12th Honorary Life Membership to Gordon Gregory.

Gordon Gregory has been Executive Director of the National Rural Health Alliance since its inception in August 1993.

He has a BA (Hons) in Economics and Economic History from the University of Durham and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Nottingham.

At the time of his appointment, the NRHA was in its infancy and needed someone like Gordon to coordinate the wide diversity of community and health groups into a coherent and strong voice. That Association is now famous - widely recognised as the peak non-government body working to improve the health of people throughout rural and remote Australia.

At the time of his appointment, Gordon was no stranger to rural life.  In fact, his devotion to the country spans 30 years and he well understands the ‘tyranny of distance’.  Before 1993 Gordon worked at the Rural Development Centre at the University of New England.

Nor was Gordon a stranger to the inner workings of politics, having spent nearly eight years on the personal staff of the Federal Minister for agriculture and rural affairs in Canberra as an adviser on rural affairs, horticulture and fisheries.

Therefore, he had just the right attributes and experience to take up this role.

And he has certainly not disappointed anyone since –over 20 years now.

The NRHA now comprises 33 national organisations as member bodies, consisting of consumer groups and health service providers and professional representative bodies.

Under Gordon’s guidance, the Alliance’s policy focus has extended way beyond a “narrow definition of health” to include all the factors that contribute to the wellbeing of people living in rural and remote areas.

Gordon says that in comparison with the urban population, rural and remote people have a poorer health status, worse lifestyle habits, less access to healthcare and higher costs of health service delivery. He calls it “the quadruple whammy”.

In 2009 the nation recognised Gordon's achievements when he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to rural health and the National Rural Health Alliance.

And now the AHHA also wishes to honour Gordon, as one of the most tireless and committed people working to improve health outcomes of people in Australia’s rural and remote areas.

He has been a good friend to the AHHA for many years and together we have worked on many issues of importance and scored numerous victories for the "forces of good."

Gordon, it is a great pleasureto award you Honorary Life membership of the AHHA.