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Scientia Professor Mark Harris

Centre for Primary Health &Eq
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Research Interests:
Major research interests include:- 1. Prevention and management chronic diseases especially diabetes cardiovascular disease, in primary care. 2. Health inequalities research including interventions to improve the health status of disadvantaged groups including the unemployed, refugees (asylum seekers) and Aboriginal people.

Broad Research Areas:
Primary Health Care, Cardiology and Vascular Disease, Diabetes, Preventive Medicine, Health Services Research


Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
1. Member of Australian Government Expert Advisory Committee on Population Health 2006-8, 2. Member of National Vascular Disease Partnership advisory group on Absolute Cardiovascular Risk 2006-7, 3. Member of the National Heart Foundation Clinical Issues Committee 2003-2012 , 4. Member of National Diabetes Data Working Group 1998 to present, 5. Member of Chronic disease Chronic, Aged and Community Health Health Priority Task Force for NSW Health Department 2005 to 2011t, 6. Member of Quality Committee and Chair of Red Book Task Force for RACGP 2002 to present. , 7. Member of Diabetes Australia NHMRC Type 2 Diabetes Guidelines Steering Group, 8. Member of Council of Australian Government Expert Advisory Group on Diabetes Prevention 2007-, 9. Member of Steering Committee COAG standards for Lifestyle Modification Programs for Diabetes 2008-2009, 10. Senior Examiner for Australian Medical Council, 11. Member of Expert Advisory Group on Primary Health Strategy for Australian Department of Health and Ageing 2008-9, 12. Member of Department of Veterans Affairs Clinical Reference Group for Telehealth trial 2012 13. Member of NHMRC Prevention and Community Health Committee 2012-  14.Member of AVANT Doctors in Training –Research Scholarships Program Committee 2012 15. Member of National Prescribing Service Diagnostic Advisory Committee 2012

Specific Research Keywords:
Primary Health Care, Preventative Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Health inequalities, Cardiology and Vascular Disease





  1. Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 2018


  1. North American Primary Care Research Group: President’s award 2017


  1. Fellow of Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science 2015


  1. The 2014 Muru Marri Indigenous Health Impact Prize


  1. 2013 Peter Baume Public Health Impact Award.  School of Pubic Health and Community Medicine, UNSW.


  1. 2009 Honorary Life Fellow of Royal Australian College of General Practitioners


  1. Humanitarian Awards 2010 -  Health Award.  Refugee Council of Australia and NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors.


  1. Australian Association for Academic Primary Care “Charles Bridges-Webb Medal”  2010
Field of Research (FOR) Tag: 
Primary Health Care
Preventive Medicine
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Socio-economic Objective (SEO) tags: 
Preventive Medicine
Health Inequalities
Health Education and Promotion
Teaching & Supervision
I am available to supervise: 
Areas of supervision: 

ILP, Honours, Masters, PhD in the following areas:

1. Prevention and management of long term conditions in primary health care (including diabetes, cardiovascular disease) especially in disadvantaged and high risk population groups (including patients with severe mental illness)

2. Health of refugee and asylum seekers especially in primary health care

3. Role of community health workers and peer health workers in health services including preventive care, integrated care between hospital care and primary health care.
4. Health literacy 

Currently supervising: 

Patient experience in primary health care

Retention of Aboriginal Health professionals  in health services

Quality improvement in primary health care

Barriers and facilitators to primary care for recently arrived refugees.

Experience using a health app in primary health care for preventive care

Health literacy and self management of chronic respiratory disease in Nepal



Supervision keywords: 
cardiovascular diseases
diabetes mellitus type ii
risk behaviour
preventive medicine
primary health care
chronic disease
refugee health
severe mental illness

MPH Stream: Primary Health Care

MPH course: 9129 Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease in PHC.

Media & Expertise
Areas of expertise: 

Community medicine; general practice; obesity; infectious diseases prevention; health promotion; aboriginal health; asthma; unemployment & health; mental health; diabetes; smoking, nutrition, physical activity.