Professor Michael Kidd

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre (3.34)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Professor Michael Kidd AM is Honorary Professor of Global Primary Care with the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University.

From 2009-2016 he was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University. In 2016 he was appointed as Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Global Primary Care at Flinders University. He is now Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto in Canada, and Director of the new World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Family Medicine and Primary Care.

He has over 30 years experience as a general practitioner working in inner city, rural and remote practices with special interests in the care of people with HIV, mental health and Indigenous Health. He was president of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) from 2013-2016, and President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) from 2002-2006. He is the Patron of General Practice Registrars Australia, and the Australian General Practice Students Network.

He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and served as a Council member of the Australian Government's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) from 2015-2018. His areas of research contributions include global health, primary care and general practice, digital health, health policy, medical education, safety and quality in primary care, and the primary care management of HIV, hepatitis C and sexually transmissible infections. He is the author or editor of 16 books and the author of over 170 peer-reviewed publications. He has a research Doctorate of Medicine in medical education from Monash University.

He chairs the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Primary Health Care Advisory Committee, and serves as a board member of several health organisations, including Beyond Blue and Telstra Health.


FAHMS, MBBS (Hons) (Melbourne), MD (Monash), DCCH (Flinders), DipRACOG, MCFP (Canada), AMA(M), FRACGP, FAICD, FACHI, FACNEM (Hon), FRCGP (Hon) (United Kingdom), FRNZCGP (Hon) (New Zealand), FAFPM (Hon) (Malaysia), FHKCFP (Hon) (Hong Kong), FCGPSL (Hon) (Sri Lanka), FBAFP (Hon) (Bangladesh)

Honours, awards and grants

In the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2009, Michael 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.

He has been awarded honorary fellowships of the Royal College of General Practitioners in the United Kingdom, 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, life membership of the General Practitioners' Association of Nepal, and honorary membership of the Romanian National Society of Family Medicine, the Slovak Society of General Practice Medicine, and the Armenian Psychiatric Association.

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 2014 he was awarded the Rose-Hunt Award, the highest award of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners for services to Australian general practice. In 2015 he was awarded the title of Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor, which is awarded to those who have made an outstanding contribution to their field of scholarship and to Flinders University. In 2017 he was granted full academic status by Flinders University and the title Honorary Professor of Global Primary Care.

Teaching interests
Primary health care and general practice, medical informatics, health policy, medical education, safety and quality in primary care, and the primary care management of HIV, hepatitis C and sexually transmissible infections.
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He is the founder and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Medical Case Reports, the world's first peer-reviewed medical journal dedicated to case reports from all medical disciplines. He is a member of the editorial boards of several other international journals. He is co-editor of the textbook "Health Informatics: an Overview" and wrote the chapters on "HIV/AIDS and Computers in the Consultation" in the Oxford Textbook of Primary Care Medicine. He is the author with Professor Leanne Rowe of "Save your life and the lives of those you love - your GP's six step guide to good health", published by Allen and Unwin in 2007. His latest book, also written with Professor Leanne Rowe, is "First do no harm: how to be a resilient doctor in the 21st century" which was released worldwide by McGraw Hill in September 2009.