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Professor and Director of International Primary Health Care research Institute, Shenzhen, Australian National University

Professor Shane Thomas is Professor and Director of International Primary Health Care research Institute, Shenzhen. He is an

• Honorary Professor, Peking University, People’s Republic of China
• Honorary Professor, Monash University

Shane is an occasional commentator on health reform on China Radio International.

He is a

• Commissioner of the Chinese National General Practice Research Development Centre,
• Editorial Board member of the Chinese Journal of General Practice
• Honorary Researcher in the Chinese National Institute of Hospital Management
• Deputy Chief Editor of the Chinese Hospital President’s Guide

Professor Thomas has won research income of $100 million during his career. He currently is a CI on an ARC Discovery Grant on Chinese health policy. Shane has extensive experience in systematic reviews to support program and policy development. He has written two Cochrane reviews (with 2 associated protocols) and he has conducted 4 other systematic reviews that have been published in high impact journals.

Professor Thomas has written extensively for government in evidence-based reviews including in the areas of chronic illness, child protection, mental health services and problem gambling.

Professor Thomas has over 300 refereed scientific publications to his credit.


  • 2006–present
    Professor of Primary Health Care Research, Monash University
  • 2010–present
    Deputy Dean (International) Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Monash University


  • 2015 
    Harvard Business School, PLD
  • 1988 
    University of Melbourne, PhD
  • 1978 
    University of Melbourne, Diploma of Public Policy

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow College of Health Psychology, Australian Psychological Society
  • Member, Australian Psychological Society

Research Areas

  • Health, Clinical And Counselling Psychology (170106)
  • Public Health And Health Services Not Elsewhere Classified (111799)