Deloitte adds digital healthcare consultancy The Checkley Group

03 February 2022 3 min. read
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Deloitte has further built up its Australian health sector practice following its two strategic acquisitions made last year – now adding digital healthcare consultancy The Checkley Group.

The global professional services firm has picked up Sydney-based specialist healthcare and digital health consultancy The Checkley Group for an undisclosed amount, with founder and managing director Bruce Pedersen and co-managing director Alicia Curry to become Deloitte Consulting partners in the firm’s Technology Strategy & Transformation practice.

The Checkley Group has a team of 15 professionals, who will formally join Deloitte in the middle of this month.

Deloitte adds digital healthcare consultancy The Checkley Group

“We have built a niche position in the market around health technology strategy, design, execution and optimisation,” Pedersen stated. “Joining Deloitte will add breadth and scale to the advisory services we know industry operators in Australia are crying out for. It is certainly an acknowledgement of our vision and what we have achieved in our business, and represents an exciting career opportunity for our people.”

Founded by Pedersen in 2008 following a decade spent between SMS Management & Technology (since acquired by ASG Group) and the healthcare practice of Ernst & Young, The Checkley Group provides a range of services built around health technology strategy and innovation, enterprise and solution architecture, and program integration, with a long roster of public and private sector clients spread across every mainland state and territory.

“Our teams have enjoyed working alongside The Checkley Group on client engagements, particularly in the area of electronic medical record implementations and enhancements,” commented Deloitte Consulting managing partner Ellen Derrick. “Digital is a key enabler of integrated and efficient health service delivery, and there is strong demand from the sector for support in successfully adopting new technologies.”

The latest acquisition follows that of Melbourne-based healthcare sector consultancy Paxton Partners in July of last year, which was shortly after the purchase of influential health and public sector policy advisory Siggins Miller, the two bolt-ons adding additional capabilities in health-related evaluation research, financial and operational performance improvement, strategy, and organisational design among other areas.

“We have been investing significantly in health-related expertise, capabilities and client offerings for some time to meet market demand,” said Luke Baxby, Deloitte Australia’s national lead partner for Health & Human Services. “As a result, we are strongly positioned to help our clients meet their biggest challenges with a comprehensive range of health sector advisory services. The Checkley Group adds to this strength.”

Baxby continued; “Meeting Australia’s healthcare needs – today and into the future – is complex, and public sector agencies and private sector businesses have to be increasingly adaptable and efficient when it comes to their operations and rising costs of service delivery, while remaining totally focused on patient expectations and outcomes. The rapid, technology-driven pace of change experienced by the sector is certainly one of its major challenges.”

According to’s database of consulting capabilities, Deloitte ranks as one of Australia’s top consulting firms in the healthcare industry.