Acknowledgement of Country

Health Issues Centre acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land we gather and work on and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.
We work together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to build a health system that is inclusive and equitable.

Who we are

Health Issues Centre (HIC) is a peak consumer health advocacy NGO listening to the voices and experiences of everyday people to help shape policy decisions and service delivery in the health system. 

We work on a combination of commissioned projects and campaigns that we have identified as significant priorities for all Australians.

Our history

Health Issues Centre was established in 1983. One of our early activities was running a complaints hotline to inform the development of the Health Services (Conciliation and Review) Act 1987.

At that time, the interests of health professionals and funders were well represented but the voice of consumers was not considered in policy and decision-making within the health system. 

Health Issues Centre became a voice for the people – gathering individuals from diverse backgrounds – to start a social movement that put the consumer first.  

In the over 35 years of our existence, Health Issues Centre has remained committed to championing the voice of everyday people in all aspects of our healthcare system.

Our Service Values

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

Our Team

Meet our team

Our board

We have a diverse and experienced board that is united by a passion to see the experiences of everyday people included in the development of a better healthcare system for everyone.

Sophy Athan


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Marie Gill

Deputy Chair

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Emma Blake


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Peter Ruzyla

Board Member

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Meredith Layton

Board Member

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Our organisation aims to make a big impact on the health outcomes of everyday people. We are bold, optimistic and action-oriented and we want to work with people who aren’t afraid to shake things up.
If that sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.
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We have brought together a range of helpful resources for consumers and health providers.
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