Professor Michael Kidd

SpecialityGP, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Principal Medical Advisor, Australian Government

Professor Michael Kidd is an Australian general practitioner, primary care researcher and medical educator.  He is a past President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and a past President of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA). He is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Principal Medical Advisor with the Australian Government Department of Health, with responsibility for Australia’s national primary care response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the pandemic he has chaired Australia’s National COVID-19 Health and Research Advisory Committee, the National Aged Care Advisory Group, and a number of other advisory bodies.  He is also the Foundation Professor of Primary Care Reform at the Australian National University, where he leads an innovative program of health policy and health systems research on general practice and other aspects of primary care.  He was previously Professor and Chair of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto in Canada, where he was also the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Family Medicine and Primary Care, and Senior Innovation Fellow with the Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care.  In 2015 he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.  In 2014 he was awarded the Rose Hunt Medal, the highest honour conferred by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, for his service to global family medicine.  In 2015 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2009, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia, for services to health care and education.