BiographyMichael Kidd is an Australian academic, primary care researcher, medical educator and clinician, based in both Australia and Canada. He is the current Chair of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto in Canada, and Director of the newly established World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Family Medicine and Primary Care. He is also Senior Innovation Fellow with the Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Professorial Fellow with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, and Honorary Professor of Global Primary Care with the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University in Australia. He was the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University from 2009 to 2016. He is an elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and has recently concluded a three-year term as a member of the council of the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council. He has also recently completed a three-year term as the President of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA).
He has worked for over 30 years as a family doctor/general practitioner 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 and Chair of the Department of General Practice at The University of Sydney from 1995 to 2008. He is the Patron of the Australian General Practice Students Network, and General Practice Registrars Australia.
He has served as a consultant/adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, OECD and UNAIDS, most recently reviewing for the WHO primary care reforms in Saudi Arabia and Oman, medical education in Iran, family medicine training in Indonesia, and health professional education in Cambodia, China, Laos and Vietnam.
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.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Global health, primary health care and general practice/family medicine, digital health, mental health, health policy, the education of health professionals, safety and quality in primary care, the primary care management of HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections, and the role of case reports in contemporary health care.