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Professor David Atkinson is the Head of the Rural Clinical School of WA (RCSWA), a combined program between the University of Western Australia and the University of Notre Dame (Fremantle).
David has a longstanding history of working in Aboriginal health for Aboriginal services, government services and the University of Western Australia. He was previously the founding Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health at the University of Western Australia and from 2002-2014, David led the Kimberley Aboriginal Health General practitioner Training Program, to improve the number and skills of doctors working in remote Aboriginal health, working for the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services in partnership with Western Australian General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET).
David’s primary research interest is Aboriginal health; particularly maternal and child health, chronic disease and aged care, and practical outcomes to improve the effectiveness of health services for Aboriginal people.
In 2012, David won the General Practice Education and Training (GPET) Ochre Recruitment Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Training Award for his role in increasing the number of registrars taking up Aboriginal health posts in the Kimberley. He received the GPET Medical Observer General Practitioner Supervisor of the Year Award in 2009.