Professor Gavin Mooney
It is with great sadness that I inform the University community about the death of Professor Gavin Mooney and his partner.
Gavin was Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Social and Public Health Economics Research Group (SPHERe) with Curtin from 1 August 2000 until his retirement on 24 October 2008.
Following his retirement, Gavin and his partner moved to Tasmania, where he had lived since 2011.
With a career spanning over 40 years in health economics, Gavin was internationally acclaimed with many books to his name. In 2009, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Cape Town as ‘one of the founding fathers of health economics’.
During his time at Curtin he was instrumental in establishing Health Economics at the Faculty of Health Sciences. But it was Gavin’s enduring commitment to improving Aboriginal health that he will be remembered for. He worked at both academic and community levels to pave the way for Aboriginal control of Aboriginal health services.
Gavin’s colleagues will remember him as a brilliant academic who wanted to make a difference.
I extend my deepest sympathy to Gavin’s family, friends and colleagues.
Police have remanded a 27-year-old man in custody in Hobart in relation to the deaths.
The University Employee Assistance Program Worldwide (1300 361 008) is available for anyone requiring counselling support during this time.