Professor Peter Harvey

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

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

Peter taught mathematics, science and literature in secondary schools in South Australia, Western Australia and Tonga and later completed a PhD in the University of Western Australia's School of Population Health.

From 1996 to 2003 he led the rural component of the South Australian Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Coordinated Care Trial and the Sharing Health Care SA chronic disease self management demonstration project. Between 2003 and 2008, he was a chief investigator with the first NH&MRC funded Centre of Clinical Research Excellence (CCRE) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in Australia. From 2007- 2014 Peter was the Director of the Flinders University Centre for Gambling research and manager of the Statewide Gambling Therapy Service in South Australia.

In 2014 he was appointed Director of the Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health in Warrnambool, Victoria and later Director (2016) of the newly formed University Department of Rural Health in Deakin University.

Peter retired from his university appointment in April 2017 and has academic status with Flinders University's College of Medicine and Public Health.


PhD: Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Australia (chronic condition management)

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Honours, awards and grants
  • Honorary Professor, Deakin University School of Medicine, Faculty of Health (2015)
  • Director, Australian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN) (2014-2017)
  • Academic status (Professor) Flinders University (2016)
  • Conjoint Clinical Professor, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health, Deakin University (2017)
  • sourcing health service development and competitive research grants
Key responsibilities
  • director of university research departments
  • health service team and research team management
  • sourcing and managing project and research funding
  • research project outcome reporting and publishing
  • PhD student supervision
  • rural health research and research supervision
  • health service development and improvement programmes
Teaching interests
Rural Health, Aboriginal Health, chronic condition management and self-management & mental health science research topics
Topic lecturer
HLTH9999 higher degree thesis (PhD)
Supervisory interests
Aboriginal chronic condition management
Change processes
Chronic condition management and self-management
Problem gambling
Rural health systems
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Gambling in Vietnamese Communities: access to treatment (1)
Associate supervisor: Development of a Brief Unilateral Family Intervention for Partners of Problem Gamblers (1)
Associate supervisor: CCSM and hospital costs (1), Gambling / Mental Health Treatment RCT (1), Primary care (1)
Expert for media contact
Education - Curriculum
Medical research
Public health
Rural and remote health
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Media expertise
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  • Rural and remote health
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Further information

Since retiring from the university, I have published a book on rural health in Australia; 'Across the Divide', and I am concentrating my academic work on the social and environmental changes that are currently affecting our survival on this planet.

Brief CV (pdf)

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