After my accident, I had learnt that I was not physically invincible as you feel when you are 21. The importance of looking after my health had become another primary goal in my life. Why? Because the quality of my life did suffer, like so many others who suffer from ill health or a traumatic accident. As much as this can adversely affect one’s opportunities, like so many before me it can also open up many new doors and help find one’s calling.

This is why I established, Health and Life and not because I come from a medico family. It became a calling and not just another accounting practice. We care about you, your patients and the community as a whole.


These are the values and beliefs I live by: 

  • Every day I want to make a meaningful contribution to life. As a journalist once said to me, “…One day we are all going to crash into the same tree that you did David – you just got there earlier”. Today, I live everyday as if it were my last and I know one day I will be right.
  • With great focus, leadership, courage, persistence and integrity, I believe you can reach your full potential. The true measure of success is the happiness in knowing that you are on track to achieving your life’s goals and ultimate purpose.
  • I believe being successful is when you meet your needs and wants and everyone else’s at the same time with integrity.

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About me: David Dahm BA (Acc.), CA., FCPA, CTA, FFin, CPM, FAAPM, FAIM, FGLF.

Chartered Accountant, Chartered Tax Adviser, Registered Tax Agent, Former AGPAL Surveyor 10 years of service

David Dahm is CEO and founder of the national medical and healthcare chartered accounting firm Health and Life and global Founder and CEO of the not for profit project the International Healthcare Standards and Ethics Board (

After a serious work related car accident in 1989, and nine operations later I continue to be a patient and provider advocate. I enter my third decade as a national Chartered Accountant for Medical and Healthcare practices in Australia. I am a former 10-year Australian General Practice Accreditation surveyor. I come from a medico family. I have served on the AAPM national Board and was the inaugural national Chair of the Certified Practice Manager CPM post nominal. I continue to provide accounting tax and practice management advice to many practices all over Australia.

You know who you are and I thank you for this real honour and privilege to serve you and your community through you. Note, I am not a lawyer please seek appropriate legal and accounting advice. This information is for general information and discussion only.