BSc (Syd), PhD (Princeton), FIAA, AM, PSM
Professor of Health Statistics,
University of Sydney
Richard is Director of the National Centre for Classification in Health, an international centre of excellence in health classifications. The Centre has responsibility for the Australian modification of the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the Australian Classification of Health Interventions, and until the end of December 2017, the Australian casemix grouper, the AR-DRG classification. He
has led the WHO effort since 2007 to develop an International Classification of Health Interventions, with a new beta version released earlier this year (April 2018). Richard chaired/co-chaired the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) Family Development Committee from 2000 to 2012. The Committee is responsible for expanding the Family and seeking alignment across classifications. He chaired the WHO-FIC Network from 2003 to 2005.
In 2002, Richard was Australian Actuary of the Year. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2003 and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Sydney in 2005.
Richard has also been co-stream leader for the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the University’s Centre for Disability Research and Policy.
In 2012-13, Richard prepared a comprehensive report on instruments to assess sub-acute care for the Independent Hospitals Pricing Authority.
From 2010-2018 he was Chair of the House with No Steps, a major non-government provider of disability services in Australia, and since 2018 he is Deputy Chair, House with No Steps/Tipping Foundation. From 2008 to 2017 he was a Board member of the Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney. In addition, Richard works on a variety of Indigenous statistics issues, and is the Director of the Sydney Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics.
Prior to 2006, Richard was Director of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for 10 years. From 1992 to 1995, he was Deputy Australian Statistician. He has had wide experience across the Australian health and community services sectors, including as Deputy Secretary of the NSW Health Department and as head of the Disability Programs Division in the then Commonwealth Department of Health and Community Services. He was also Head of the Treasuries of the Northern Territory (1983-86) and the Australian Capital Territory (1989-92).