Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences (including the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Midwifery) at Flinders University

Michael Kidd

Michael Kidd

Michael Kidd is executive dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences (including the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Midwifery) at Flinders University. He is a general practitioner, president of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) and a past president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. He has research and education interests in primary health care and family medicine, e-health, health policy, medical education, safety and quality in primary care, and the primary care management of HIV, hepatitis C and sexually transmissible infections.

Michael chairs the Australian government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections, and is a member of the Australian government’s Medical Training Review Panel and of the Privacy Advisory Committee of the Federal Privacy Commissioner. He chairs the South Australian Health and Medical Research Council.

Michael is a board member of beyondblue, Therapeutic Guidelines Limited, General Practice Education and Training (GPET), the Arts and Health Foundation, the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation, Flinders Reproductive Medicine, FCD Health, the Cora Barclay Centre for deaf children, the RACGP Foundation and the Lowitja Institute. He is a member of the International Research Advisory Board of the UK Biobank research project and a patron of the Australian General Practice Students Network. He is a past chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia.

Since 2008 Michael has worked with the World Health Organization as an adviser on the primary care management of mental health in the island nations of the Western Pacific region, and as an adviser on the development of chronic disease prevention and management initiatives in low- and middle-income nations.

He has been awarded honorary fellowships of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians, the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia and the College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka, and life membership of the General Practitioners’ Association of Nepal. 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 2009 he was made an honorary professor of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney. 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 the areas of general practice and primary health care and through a range of professional organisations.