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Note to staff

20 December 2012


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.

  1. Kelly Pilgrim-Byrne December 20, 2012 4:12pm

    So tragic. Gavin most certainly did make a difference in this world – he was a man of strong character with a big heart. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  2. Natalie Gasson December 20, 2012 4:23pm

    This is very sad news. Gavin had such a passion for helping others. Condolences to his family during this difficult time.

  3. Jane Armstrong December 21, 2012 12:59am

    Such terribly sad news – a man who linked your university to justice for Indigenous people through his work and through own dedication and passion.

  4. Kerry Rotumah December 21, 2012 5:37am

    Such a tragedy for a kind and caring person who gave all to what he believed in. Sincere condolences to the family and friends.

  5. Alexandra McManus December 21, 2012 6:46am

    I will remember Gavin as a feisty, passionate and often controversial advocate who called a spade a spade and then challenged you to disagree (with a glint in his eye). A fellow Scot with a dry sense of humour who was never to busy to talk with my post grad students about health economic, advocacy and public policy. He will be missed by so many people. I will think of him and his lovely partner with fondness and great sadness at hogmanay.

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