Professor David Peiris
Director, Global Primary Health Care Program Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney
MBBS(hons) MIPH PhD FRACGP FARGP
David is Director of Health Systems Science, a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney and a practising GP.
David joined the Institute in 2006 and directs the newly formed Centre for Health Systems Science. Health systems science is a dynamic and emerging discipline that includes health services research, health policy and systems research and implementation science. The goal of the Centre is to overcome the challenges of delivering affordable, high quality health services and programs to communities across the globe.
David has published extensively in areas related to health systems research and leads several grants testing innovative strategies to improve access to high quality primary health care in Australia, India and China with a particular focus on under-served populations.
He was previously a NHMRC Translating Research into Practice Fellow and is currently an NHMRC Career Development Fellow. He was the 2015-2016 Australian Harkness Fellow in Healthcare policy, based at Harvard School of Public Health and conducted a national study of the changes to health care delivery systems associated with President Obama's reforms.
He has been a board member with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and sits on several government, non-government and research advisory committees. He was also the elected co-chair of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases committee for hypertension control from 2012 to 2015.