Health and public policy consultancy Siggins Miller joins Deloitte

15 November 2021 2 min. read
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The health and human services practice of professional services firm Deloitte has brought on board influential healthcare and public policy consultancy Siggins Miller.

Founded close to 25 years ago, Siggins Miller is a consulting firm recognised for its influence on national health legislation, including work on pregnancy warnings on alcohol and plain tobacco packaging.

Siggins Miller was founded in 1997 by Mel Miller, who also serves as an adjunct professor in the Health and Behavioural Sciences faculty at the University of Queensland and professor in the Health Group at Griffith University, and her late husband Ian Siggins, an internationally recognised historian and human rights advocate who held a number of senior Australian public healthcare roles.

Health and public policy consultancy Siggins Miller joins Deloitte

“I am thrilled Mel Miller, and the Siggins Miller team are joining Deloitte,” said Financial Advisory managing partner Dave McCarthy. “(They) have influenced some of the most important health and social policies of our time. Tobacco Plain Packaging policy. The My Health Record system. Compulsory pregnancy warning on alcohol. Big thinkers, scholarly and commercial. A brilliant team.”

In addition to alcohol warnings and tobacco packaging Miller has worked on the development of Indigenous health and well-being policies and the national drug strategy with a focus on harm minimisation. The consultancy also serves the higher education sector, along with corporate and non profits in the areas of organisational design, strategy development and change management.

“After almost 25 years of sustained effort in evaluation, policy review and analysis, strategy development, supporting and designing systems and organisations, and teaching and supporting the next generation of my discipline, my team and I are making a big move,” Miller stated on LinkedIn, while paying tribute to her husband and the commitment of Deloitte’s leadership team to build on his legacy.

“After lots of discussion and due diligence on both sides I have agreed to join Deloitte’s Financial Advisory Services division that houses their health and human services practice. We will continue to be able to provide the same quality, responsiveness and commitments to our projects and clients but with increased capacity to draw on the national and global resources of Deloitte.”

In welcoming Siggins Miller to the firm, Deloitte’s national lead partner for Health and Human Services, Luke Baxby, noted the current critical juncture for the healthcare sector, stating; “There has never been a more important time for the sector to think deeply and carefully about the policy and programs that respond to the increasingly complex challenges facing our community.”

The deal is Deloitte’s eighth deal in Australia this year, and fourth in the current quarter following the bolt-ons of Magia Solutions, Bluefield and Sliced Tech – all of which support the firm’s growth agenda in the consulting landscape.