Professor Mark Harris
Professor Harris has been a Foundation Professor of General Practice at UNSW since 1993, and a Scientia Professor since 2013. Professor Harris has been the Executive Director of the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity since 2005, and the Deputy Director of the…
Professor Harris has been a Foundation Professor of General Practice at UNSW since 1993, and a Scientia Professor since 2013. Professor Harris has been the Executive Director of the UNSW Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity since 2005, and the Deputy Director of the UNSW Translational Cancer Research Network since 2014.
He is recognised as a leader in primary care research, and his research into prevention and management of chronic disease in primary health care has led to the development of better practice in the sector. Professor Harris has conducted previous trials in general practice and community health services on preventive care, including a project on Implementing Guidelines for Preventive Care in General Practice, and a Centre of Research Excellence on the Management and Prevention of Obesity in Primary Health Care.
Professor Harris currently leads a large trial of mobile health in preventive care for patients with low health literacy in general practice, and an implementation trial of a web-based interactive shared care plan for cancer survivors. He has conducted health equity research with many socially disadvantaged groups (Aboriginal and refugee populations), which have informed policy and services for these populations in primary health care and non-government organisations.
He has been a member of the Quality Committee and Prevention and Community Medicine Committees of the RACGP for 25 years, and a member of the NHMRC Translation Faculty and Prevention and Community Health Committee, RACGP Quality Committee, National Heart Foundation Clinical Issues Committee and state government and Local Health District advisory groups. He received the North American Primary Care Research Group’s President’s award in 2017 for his contribution to primary healthcare research.
Professor Harris has a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Doctor of Medicine both from the University of Sydney, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) (Honorary Life Fellow since 2009). He has almost 400 publications in peer-reviewed journals and over 5000 citations.