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Statement on the passing on Professor Gavin Mooney

Richard Di Natale 21 Dec 2012

I wish to express my personal condolences, and those of the Australian Greens, to the family of Professor Gavin Mooney and Dr Delys Weston.

I was filled with great sorrow this morning when I learned that Professor Mooney and Dr Delys Weston had been tragically killed.

As a doctor and public health professional I followed Professor Mooney’s work with great interest and after entering the Senate I discussed with him some of the challenges facing Australia’s health system.

He was known around the world as the father of health economics but his contribution to public health did not end there. He was a powerful voice on the social determinants of health, on indigenous health and on the impact of doctor shortages in Australia and in developing countries.  

I learned a great deal from Professor Mooney and he will be sorely missed. Fortunately the legacy of his contributions to public health will continue to guide us for years to come.

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