School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care

Professor David Atkinson

Professor David Atkinson is head of the Rural Clinical School of WA, a combined program of the University of WA and the University of Notre Dame (Fremantle) and based in Broome. He has a long history of working in Aboriginal health for Aboriginal health services, government health services and the University of WA as a medical practitioner, teacher and researcher.

Prior to his current role David established and ran the very successful Kimberley Aboriginal health GP training program working for the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services in partnership with WAGPET from 2002-2014 and between 1996 and 2002 he was the founding Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health at the University of Western Australia in Perth.

He is a very successful teacher and mentor, having supported over 100 GP registrars working in Aboriginal health since 2003, and currently supervising 2 PhD students and 2 GPs working towards their public health specialty qualification. He has also supervised to successful completion 14 research Masters, 4 PhD’s and 5 honours level students.  He has mentored and continues to work closely with a number of Aboriginal doctors in the Kimberley

David is involved in a wide range of remote Aboriginal health research in maternal and child health, chronic disease and aged care, emphasising practical outcomes to improve the effectiveness of health services for Aboriginal people in the short to medium term. He enjoys working across disciplines using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods.


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