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Policy Head, Research Assets, Sax Institute; Co-Director, Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, Australian National University

Robert Wells is Policy Head, Research Assets,The Sax Institute and Co-Director, Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, ANU.

He participates in national committees advising governments on research and medical training.

Robert is a former first assistant secretary in the Department of Health and Ageing where he was involved in research policy, Commonwealth/State relations, health workforce, rural health programs, safety and quality and programs for better management of major diseases such as cancer, diabetes and mental health.

Mr Wells managed the Commonwealth's health workforce programs from the early 1990's. He chaired the Medical Training Review Panel and represented the Commonwealth on the Australian Medical Workforce Advisory Committee (AMWAC), the Australian Health Workforce Officials Committee (AHWOC) and the Australian Medical Council (AMC).

He has chaired a number of workforce committees established under the auspices of the Australian Health Ministers Council, including working parties on national medical registration and specialist medical training and has represented Australia internationally on medical workforce matters.


  • –present
    Director of the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, ANU


  • 1976 
    University of New England, Bachelor of Arts