MEDIA CALL Annual John Deeble lecture and panel discussion Parliament House, Canberra 9.30am today

Friday, October 18, 2019

Topic: Why good health policy goes bad—and how to fix it

Lecture by: Professor Nigel Edwards, CEO, Nuffield Trust, United Kingdom

Location in Parliament House: Mural Hall


Followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Professor Ian Frazer AC FRS, Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland; Co-inventor HPV Vaccine; Australian of the Year 2006
  • Hon. Nicola Roxon, Chair, HESTA; Minister for Health and Aging 2007–2011; Attorney-General 2011–2013
  • Mr Romlie Mokak, Indigenous Policy Evaluation Commissioner, Productivity Commission; Chief Executive, Lowitja Institute 2014–2018; Chief Executive, Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association 2005–2014.

Topic: What universal healthcare means to Australians, and reforming health policy for better access and equity.


Professor Nigel Edwards, CEO Nuffield Trust, will consider some of the more common dysfunctions in policy formation and implementation, and the reasons why good policy goes bad.

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

Professor John Deeble AO—‘father of Medicare’

John Deeble was a conceiver, implementer and defender of universal healthcare for nearly 50 years. John died in October 2018.

The John Deeble Lecture has been established by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) to commemorate John’s life and achievements.

Media are welcome at this event. Interviews can be arranged.

More information on AHHA is available at

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association is the national peak body for public and not-for-profit hospitals, Primary Health Networks, and community and primary healthcare services.

Media enquiries: Nigel Harding, Public Affairs Manager, AHHA

0499 084 350