Our history

A unique and significant position

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association has held a unique and significant position in Australia’s health care industry, being the primary peak body representing the public health care sector.

It was established as the Australian Hospital Association in 1946, with the major teaching hospitals in Melbourne and Sydney as members.

In 1996, the name was changed to the Australian Healthcare Hospital to reflect the growing diversity in the membership base and the emergent policies at Federal and state levels focusing on out-of-hospital services.

In 2006, the name changed to how we know it today, bringing together its original identity while still reflecting its comprehensive membership base.

AHHA 60 years on

To celebrate 60 years on from the founding of AHHA, in 2006, a detailed booklet was produced capturing our history over the past six decades.

Former Presidents/Chairs and CEOs

Former Presidents/Chairs and CEOs of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association have led the organisation to where it is today.

Life members

Honorary Life Membership of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association is awarded in recognition of a significant, long-term contribution to the Association and to healthcare in Australia.

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