Professor Mark Shephard

Matthew Flinders Professor

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Sturt West (W316)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Professor Mark Shephard OAM, BSc(Hons), MSc, MAIMS, MAACB, FFSc(RCPA), PhD is Director of the Flinders University International Centre for Point-of-Care Testing. He has extensive experience in translational research, implementation and management of large national and international point-of-care testing networks involving diabetes management, acute care pathology testing, and sexually transmitted infections. Mark is the Course Co-ordinator and principal lecturer for the Flinders University’s Graduate Certificate in Global Point-of-Care Testing, the first postgraduate academic qualification globally in point-of-care testing.

Mark was a member of the Australian Government’s National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Committee (NPAAC) Point-of-Care Testing Drafting Committee (2013-2015), which developed national guidelines for the conduct of point-of-care testing in Australia.

In 2009, Mark was received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Flinders University in recognition of his significant contributions to the improvement of Aboriginal health in Australia and his services to the University. In 2011, Mark was elected a Founding Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) Faculty of Science.

From 2013-present, Mark has served as Chair of the WONCA (World Organization of Family Doctors) Special Interest Group on Global Point-of-Care Testing. Since 2014, Mark has been a member of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Technical Committee on Point-of-Care Diagnostic Testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections. In January 2017, Mark’s International Centre for Point-of-Care Testing was formally designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Sexually Transmitted Infections Point-of-Care Testing.

Mark has authored over 100 peer-reviewed published papers and book chapters in the national and international literature. He is principal author/editor of the text book A Practical Guide to Global Point-of-Care Testing (published in November 2016).

Mark received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Australian honours list and an Australian of the Year Award in 2004. These awards acknowledged Mark’s work in point-of-care testing.

Honours, awards and grants
Australian of the Year Award 2004; Order of Australia Medal (OAM) 2006; Flinders University Distinguished Alumni Award 2009; Inaugural AACB Regional Travelling Lecturer 2004-5
Teaching interests
Mark is the Course Co-ordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Global Point-of-Care Testing  and Topic Co-ordinator of three topics in the Graduate Certificate: Advanced Point-of-Care Testing 1 - The Management of Point-of-Care Testing Services (MDSC 8001); Advanced Point-of-Care Testing 2 - The Global Clinical Applications of Point-of-Care Testing (MDSC 8002); and the Role of Point-of-Care Testing in Disaster Management (MDSC 8003).
Mark is also the Topic Co-ordinator for the full semester topic on point-of-care testing in the Bachelor of Medical Science degree, entitled: Point-of-Care Testing: Application, Management and Effectiveness (MDSC 3100).
Mark  co-ordinates an elective on point-of-care testing in the Graduate Entry Medical Program, entitled: Point-of-Care Testing: Clinical Application and Effecetiveness.
Supervisory interests
Chronic disease management
Indigenous health
Point-of-Care testing
Rural and remote health
Rural medical education and clinical training
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: POCT for Infectious Disease in Remote Indigenous Communities (Kirby Institute University of NSW) (1), Renal disease and dialysis services in Remote Indigenous Communities (1)