Professor Michael Kidd AM

Professor of Primary Care Reform, ANU College of Health and Medicine
Deputy Chief Medical Officer/Principal Medical Advisor, Australian Government Department of Health

Michael Kidd is an Australian academic, primary care researcher, educator and clinician.  He is the current Principal Medical Advisor and Deputy Chief Medical Officer with the Australian Government Department of Health, and Professor of Primary Care Reform at the Australian National University. He is also Professorial Fellow with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Honorary Professor with the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne, and Honorary Professor of Global Primary Care with the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University in South Australia. 

A graduate from the University of Melbourne Medical School, he completed postgraduate training in general practice with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, postgraduate training in public health at Flinders University, and a research doctorate at Monash University. He was Professor and Chair of the Department of General Practice at the University of Sydney from 1996 to 2008. He was the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University from 2009 to 2016, with responsibility for the university’s School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Midwifery, and School of Health Sciences, and the university’s health and medical research and education activities across South Australia and the Northern Territory. From May 2017 to April 2020, he was Chair of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto in Canada, Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Family Medicine and Primary Care, and Senior Innovation Fellow with the Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. 

He has worked for over 35 years as a family doctor/general practitioner with special interests in the care of people with HIV, mental health and Indigenous health. He served two terms as the elected President of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, from 2002 to 2006. He served as President of the World Organization of Family Doctors from 2013 to 2016. He is the Patron of the Australian General Practice Students Network and General Practice Registrars Australia. 

He is the author or editor of 18 books, has contributed chapters to 14 other books, and is the author of over 200 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals. For ten years he was a member of the International Research Advisory Board of the United Kingdom Biobank Research Project based at Oxford University. 

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 and through a range of professional organisations.


  • General Practice

Research interests

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,the role of case reports in contemporary health care. 

  • Desborough, J, Hall, S, Davis, S, Kidd, M. 2021, 'Reflecting on Australia's five principles for pandemic response in primary care through the lens of early international experiences of Covid 19', Australian Journal of General Practice.
  • Desborough, J, Hall, S, Phillips, C, Wright, M, Maddox, R, David S, Kidd M. 2021, 'Lessons for the global primary care response to COVID-19: a rapid review of evidence from past epidemics', Family Practice, pp. 1-15.
  • Haldane, V, Zhang, Z, Abbas, R et al. 2020, 'National primary care responses to COVID-19: A rapid review of the literature', BMJ Open, vol. 10, no. 12, pp. 1-10.
  • Kidd, M 2020, 'Five principles for pandemic preparedness: lessons from the Australian COVID-19 primary care response', British Journal of General Practice, vol. 70, no. 696, pp. 316-317.
  • O'Neill, B, Ferrer, R, O'Brien, P et al. 2020, 'Improving equity through primary care: Proceedings of the 2019 toronto international conference on quality in primary care', Annals of Family Medicine, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 364-369.
  • Desborough, J, Hall, S, Rankin, D et al. 2020, 'The importance of consistent advice during a pandemic An analysis of Australian advice regarding personal protective equipment in healthcare settings during COVID-19', Australian Journal of General Practice, vol. 49, no. 6, pp. 369-372.
  • Hall, S, Desborough, J, Kelaher, C et al. 2020, 'COVID-19 highlights risks of healthcare and social care workers attending work while ill', Australian Journal of General Practice, vol. 49, pp. 1-2.
  • Desborough, J, Hall, S, de Toca , L et al. 2020, 'Australia's national COVID-19 primary care response', Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 213, no. 3, pp. 104-106.e1.
  • Kidd, M 2020, 'Australia's primary care COVID-19 response', Australian Journal of General Practice, vol. 49 Suppl 2.