John is passionate about public health medicine, health administration, rural and remote General Practice and community health.
He has worked in health service redesign as a Senior Medical Advisor, Queensland Country Practice from 2014 to 2018. Previously John worked as a locum in general practice in mostly rural and remote locations from 2008 to 2014, and because of his experience is acutely aware of the challenges and opportunities of delivering health care in South West Queensland.
John is an innovative and strategic thinker, and was responsible for establishing a Centre for Young People’s Health while he was an Associate Professor at the Health Sciences Faculty at the University of Queensland during 2006 and 2007.
John brings a great understanding of the Queensland Health system, having held senior roles with Queensland Health, including Senior Executive Director of Health Services and State Manager of Public Health Services.
In 2005 John was awarded the Sidney Sax Medal of the Public Health Association of Australia, which is the Associations pre-eminent prize. It is awarded to those who have provided a notable contribution to the protection and promotion of public health, solving public health problems, advancing community awareness of public health measures and advancing the ideals and practice of equity in the provision of health care.
John holds an MBBS, a Bachelor of Economics, a Master of Applied Epidemiology, and Fellowships of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal Australian College of Physicians.