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The AIHW was established as a statutory authority in 1987 by the Australian Institute of Health Act 1987 to report to the nation on the state of its health. In 1992, the role and functions of the then Australian Institute of Health were expanded to include welfare related information and statistics, making it the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The Act is now titled the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987 (Appendix 2).

The Act establishes the Board as the governing body, with the role and composition of the Board specified in s. 8(1) of the Act. The AIHW Board is accountable to the Parliament of Australia through the Minister for Health.

AIHW Board members

Dr Mukesh Haikerwal AO
Board Chairperson

Ms Kerry Flanagan
Director, AIHW

Dr David Filby
AHMAC representative

Mr Peter Harper
for Australian Statistician

Mr Martin Bowles
Secretary, Department of Health

Dr Lyn Roberts AM
Ministerial nominee (with expertise in research into public health issues)

Dr Erin Lalor
Ministerial nominee (consumers of health services)

Mr David Conry
Ministerial nominee (consumers of welfare services)

Mr Michael Perusco
Ministerial nominee (consumers of housing assistance services)

Mr Andrew Goodsall
Ministerial nominee

Dr Siew-Ean Khoo
Ministerial nominee

Mr Devin Bowles
Staff representative nominee