Professor Michael Kidd joins Southgate Institute as Professor of Global Primary Care

We are very pleased to welcome Professor Michael Kidd to the Southgate Institute as Professor of Global Primary Care, following completion of his term as Executive Dean of Health Sciences. As his biography below demonstrates his interest and research are a very good fit with those of the Southgate. He is a GP with a strong commitment to primary health care. Through his career he has shown a deep commitment to advancing social justice in Australia and overseas. Professor Kidd’s international links and interests will enhance the work of the Southgate over the coming years. We welcome the chance to work more closely with him as well as continuing our existing joint research work.

Fran Baum, Director.


michael-kiddProfessor Michael Kidd AM FAHMS is a leading Australian academic, primary care researcher, educator and clinician. He is Professor of Global Primary Care at the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University. He is an elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and a member of the council of the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council. He has recently completed a three-year term as the President of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA).

Michael was the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University from 2009-2016, with responsibility for the university’s School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Midwifery, and School of Health Sciences, and the university’s health and medical research and education activities in South Australia and the Northern Territory. He has also worked for 30 years as a family doctor/general practitioner, working in rural and urban practice in South Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales and Victoria, with special interests in the care of people with HIV, mental health and Indigenous health. He was President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners from 2002 to 2006, and Professor of General Practice at The University of Sydney from 1995 to 2009. He is the Patron of the Australian General Practice Students Network and General Practice Registrars Australia.

He has international experience as a medical educator and researcher working in many countries including Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Timor Leste, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam. He has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank and UNAIDS, most recently for the WHO reviewing primary care reforms in Saudi Arabia and Oman, and medical education in Iran, and supporting the development of the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI) of the World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and WHO.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  He is a current member of the board of beyondblue, Therapeutic Guidelines Limited, GPEx (Australian Government-funded general practice training provider in South Australia), Cornerstone Health (primary care service provider), Flinders Fertility, and FCD Health (primary care service provider in the Northern Territory). He is a member of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Foundation Board, a member of the Therapeutic Guidelines Foundation board, and a member of the advisory board of the Lowitja Institute (Australia’s national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research). For the past ten years he has been a member of the International Research Advisory Board of the United Kingdom Biobank Research Project based at Oxford University.

His book 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, and subsequent publication in Bahasa Indonesian.  His book 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 is editor of The Contribution of Family Medicine to Improving Health Systems: a guidebook from the World Organization of Family Doctors, which was published by Radcliffe in 2013, with a foreword by WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, and with translations in Vietnamese, Portuguese and Slovak. His latest book, Family Medicine: the Classic Papers, was published by Taylor and Francis in 2016.

In 2015 he was awarded the title of Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor, which is awarded at Flinders University to professors who have made an outstanding contribution to their field of scholarship. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2009 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to medicine and education in general practice and primary health care.


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