Professor Mark Harris
Professor Mark Harris is foundation Professor of General Practice and Executive Director of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, and Scientia Professor at the University of NSW. He is also Director of the Centre for Research Excellence in Obesity Prevention and Management in Primary Health Care, and Deputy Director of the Translational Cancer Research Network. Professor Harris has more than 320 peer publications and 3000 citations in peer-reviewed journals with an H index of 29. His clinical practice is as a volunteer GP with the Asylum Seekers Centre in Sydney, where he provides primary medical services for asylum seekers not eligible for Medicare.
Professor Harris is internationally acclaimed for his public health and primary care research. He became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science in 2015, was appointed Scientia Professor at UNSW from 2013-2018, was an NHMRC Senior Professorial Research Fellow from 2011-2015 and became an Honorary Life Fellow of the RACGP in 2009. He was won numerous awards for his work, including the 2013 Muru Marri Indigenous Health Impact Prize, the 2013 Peter Baume Public Health Impact Award, a 2010 Humanitarian Award (Health category), and the 2010 Charles Bridges-Webb Medal from the Australian Association for Academic Primary Care. His long-running GP volunteer work with refugees was recognised as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2018.