M.B.,B.S.(Hons) (Melbourne), M.D. (Monash), D.C.C.H. (Flinders), Dip.R.A.C.O.G., F.R.A.C.G.P., F.A.C.H.I., F.A.F.P.M. (Honorary), F.H.K.C.F.P. (Honorary), F.R.N.Z.C.G.P. (Honorary), F.C.G.P.S.L. (Honorary), F.A.C.N.E.M (Honorary), M.A.I.C.D.
Michael is a family doctor, primary care researcher, medical educator, author and medical leader. He is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University in Australia. He has worked over the past 28 years as a family doctor with special interests in the care of people with HIV and Indigenous Health.
He was President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners from 2002-2006. From 1995-2009 he was Professor of General Practice at The University of Sydney and, from 1998-2009, Head of the Department of General Practice at The University of Sydney. In 2009 he was made an Honorary Professor of the School of Medicine at The University of Sydney.
He has wide-ranging research and education interests including primary health care and general practice, medical informatics, health policy, medical education, safety and quality in primary care, and the primary care management of HIV, hepatitis C and sexually transmissible infections. He is the author or editor of eleven books, has contributed chapters to seven other books and is the author of over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has a Doctorate of Medicine in medical education from Monash University.
He holds a number of government appointments in Australia. He is the chair of the Australian Government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections, which has responsibility for the development of Australia’s strategies for the prevention and treatment of HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and sexually transmissible infections. He is a member of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Advisory Council, a member of the Australian Government’s Medical Training Review Panel, a member of the Privacy Advisory Committee of the Federal Privacy Commissioner and the chair of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Advisory Council.
He is a director of several companies in Australia including beyondblue, Therapeutic Guidelines Limited, General Practice Education and Training (GPET), the Institute for Creative Health, the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, Flinders Fertility, FCD Health and the Cora Barclay Centre for Deaf Children. He is a member of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Foundation Board, and a member of the advisory board of the Lowitja Institute on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. He is a member of the board of examiners of the Australian Medical Council. He is a member of the International Research Advisory Board of the United Kingdom Biobank Research Project. He is the Patron of the Australian General Practice Students Network. From 2008-2010 he was the chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia.
He has international experience as a medical educator working in many countries including Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the United Kingdom. He led the education and research activities of The University of Sydney in Timor-Leste from 2006-2009. Since 2008 he has been an adviser to the World Health Organization on the primary care management of mental health in the island nations of the Western Pacific region and on the development of chronic disease prevention and management initiatives in low and middle-income nations. In 2007 he was based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he researched aspects of primary care in developing nations and conducted fieldwork in Africa, India, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. During 2008 he worked as a clinical mentor assisting in the establishment of new primary care-based HIV testing and treatment services in rural areas in the Limpopo province of South Africa.
He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Case Reports, the world’s first international medical journal devoted to case reports from all medical disciplines. He is a member of the editorial boards of several other international journals. He is co-editor of the textbook Health Informatics: an Overview, which has been published in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and wrote the chapters on “HIV/AIDS” and “Computers in the Consultation” in the Oxford Textbook of Primary Care Medicine. His book with Professor Leanne Rowe on health promotion, Save your life and the lives of those you love – your GP’s six step guide to good health, was published by Allen and Unwin in 2007 with a second edition published in 2011. His book with Professor Leanne Rowe on the health and well being of doctors and medical students, First do no harm – how to be a resilient doctor in the 21st century, was published by McGraw Hill in 2009. He edited a new edition of the WONCA Guidebook on The Contribution of Family Medicine to Improving Health Systems, published by Radcliffe in 2013.
He has been involved in many voluntary community activities including leading the medical teams for the gymnastics and basketball venues at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, and being a regular health commentator on Australia’s national youth radio station, JJJ, appearing as “Medical Michael”.
He has been awarded honorary fellowship of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians, the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia, the College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka and the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, life membership of the General Practitioners’ Association of Nepal, and honorary membership of the Armenian Psychiatric Association. In 2007 he received the Australian Medical Association Award for Excellence in Health Care in recognition of his contribution to primary care, medical education and the health care of disadvantaged people in Australia.
In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2009 he received the award of Member of the Order of Australia (AM) from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, for services to medicine and education in the areas of general practice and primary health care.