Dr Penny Allbon

Dr Penny Allbon
Director, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

Penny was appointed as Director of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in February 2006. Penny has over twenty years of experience in government, at both Federal and Territory levels and within the financial, health and welfare arenas. Penny has a particular interest in translating the needs of policy makers into relevant data analysis and ensuring that data is user-friendly and timely. Penny has held a number of senior government appointments in the field of health and welfare, including the position of Chief Executive of ACT Health and ACT Commissioner for Housing. She has also run her own consultancy, working with government in various Pacific Islands.
Born in New Zealand, Dr Allbon completed an Honours Degree in History at Massey University in New Zealand and then a PhD in Tongan History at the ANU.

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Commonwealth of Australia 2008