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Professor Paul Torzillo

Clinical Director; Executive Clinical Director; Medical Director; Director
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW, 2050
Tel: (02) 9516 2417
Fax: (02) 9516 3759
 

Biography

Professor Paul Torzillo holds a number of roles, including Head of the Department of Respiratory Medicine; Senior Intensive Care Physician and Executive Clinical Director at the Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital in Sydney; Clinical Professor at the Medical School of the University of Sydney; Clinical Director of Critical Care Services for hospitals in the Sydney local health district; Medical Director of Nganampa Health Council in South Australia; and Director of Healthabitat.

Paul has extensive experience working in Aboriginal health. He has been involved with a number of western New South Wales Aboriginal communities, one of which involved assisting with the establishment of the Nganampa Health Council, where he worked as a medical officer at the time and is now Medical Director. He also played an instrumental role in the development of the David Olds model of Nurse Home Visiting for pregnant mothers and infants in Aboriginal communities. Paul has experience working both nationally and internationally. His primary international interests have been with the World Health Organisation division of child and adolescent health, in the programme for Control of Acute Respiratory Infections. He has subsequently worked in both technical advice and the development of generic algorithm as a consultant for adaption and clinical instructor in Vietnam.

Over the years, Paul has been a member of numerous national committees on research, policy and service implementation in Aboriginal health. In 2008, Paul received a ministerial appointment to the National Indigenous Health Equity Council and to the National Health Performance Authority.

Paul’s main research interests lie in health services development for remote Aboriginal communities. He is also interested in environmental health and housing maintenance programmes and has been published widely in Aboriginal health.

Recently, Paul was honoured with the RPA Foundation Medal for his contributions in Aboriginal health and, along with his team, was also honoured with the World Habitat Award in 2011 for their work in Housing and Health in Aboriginal Communities which led to a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing guide. Alongside these awards, Paul was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005 for his contributions to medicine and improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

 
Last updated: 10 July 2017
 
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