Roger Kilham graduated from Sydney University in Economics and pursued a distinguished career as an economist in the Commonwealth Treasury before becoming a highly respected health economist. He commenced an association with the Federal AMA in late 1989 and continued for almost 25 years to give expert advice on all matters of health policy. Roger’s advice, and in particular his papers and presentations, became ‘hot property’ on any contentious issue regarding health policy. His knowledge of government and grounding in classical economics, and his determination to see behind the ‘process’ to the fundamental issues at the heart of any debate or deliberation, are invaluable to all those who have had the privilege to know and work with him.
Doctors across Australia could be forgiven for not appreciating or even knowing the contribution that Roger has made towards independent medicine. Due to his astute analysis and courage to face criticism of his public position concerning poor policy proposals and government decisions, Roger has prevented and exposed numerous policy failures.
Roger Kilham is a worthy recipient of the Bruce Shepherd Medal for Distinguished Service to independent medicine. Congratulations Roger.