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Adjunct Associate Professor, South Western Sydney Local Health District

Peter Sainsbury retired as Director of Population Health in South Western Sydney Local Health District in 2016. He has adjunct professorial appointments in the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of NSW, the School of Medicine Sydney at Notre Dame University, and the School of Public Health at Sydney University. He is a past member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (2002-2006) and the Australian Health Ethics Committee (2006-2012) and a past president of the Public Health Association of Australia (2000-2004).

Peter’s qualifications and experience cover medicine, health planning, sociology, health services management and public health. His professional interests include inequalities in health, healthy urban development, social relationships and health, the history of public health and social policy. Other interests include figurative war memorials, cooking and eating, the arts, cricket and Florence Nightingale.


  • –present
    Director, Population Health, South Western Sydney and Sydney Local Health Districts


  • 1993 
    University of Bristol, UK, PhD Sociology
  • 1974 
    London University, UK, MBBS Medicine