MEDIA NOTICE Inaugural John Deeble lecture, Mural Hall, Parliament House, Canberra 9.30am–12 noon, Friday 18 October 2019

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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

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

Panel discussion with:

  • Professor Ian Frazer AC FRS, CEO and Director, Translational Research Institute, 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.


Policy-making for complex health systems is fraught with hazards and unintended consequences.  It is also often not good at using evidence. 

In the inaugural John Deeble lecture presented by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, 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.

Panel discussion

This annual lecture will be followed by a panel discussion reflecting on what universal healthcare means to Australians, and how we can reform health policy in Australia for better access and equity.

About Professor John Deeble AO

Often dubbed ‘the father of Medicare’, Professor 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 Deeble’s life and achievements as a distinguished scholar, health economist and health policy leader.

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