Director, Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity and Centre of Research Excellence in Obesity Management and Prevention in Primary Health Care, UNSW

Mark Harris is foundation Professor of General Practice and Executive Director of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at UNSW. He has a five year NHMRC Senior Professorial Research Fellowship 2011-2015. He was appointed a UNSW Scientia Professor from 1 Jan 2013 to 31 Dec 2018. The Australian Association for Academic Primary Care awarded him the “Charles Bridges-Webb Medal” in 2010 for academic general practice research. He was a member of the Australian Department of Health and Ageing Expert Reference Group on the Primary Health Care Strategy 2008-9 and was be commissioned to write papers for the National Preventative Task Force and the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission. He has edited three editions of the RACGP Guidelines for Preventive Care in General Practice. His main area of research is on chronic illness prevention and management in primary health care and he has attracted over $10m in research funding over the past five years. He is director of COMPaRE-PHC - the Centre for Obesity Management and prevention Research Excellence in Primary Health Care. He currently leads a four year NHMRC Partnership Project with RACGP, NHFA and MBF Foundation to design, trial and evaluate a framework to improve the implementation of evidence based guidelines for prevention of chronic disease in general practice. He has over 260 publications in peer reviewed journals and these have resulted in over 2,000 citations (H-index 22). He has published 15 book chapters. He was cited in the media 54 times in 2009-12.

Experience

  • –present
    Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity and Centre of Research Excellence in Obesity Management and Prevention in Primary Health Care, UNSW

Honours

Scientia Professor UNSW
RACGP Life member
Humanitarian Awards 2010 - Health Award. Refugee Council of Australia and NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors