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Professor David Atkinson has been based in Broome, Western Australia, since 2002 and is jointly employed by the University of Western Australia as Medical Coordinator at the Rural Clinical School of Western Australia (Broome) and also by the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC) as Medical Educator.
As a medical educator, supervisor and training adviser he has supported medical students, prevocational doctors and registrars throughout their training, resulting in many returning to the Kimberley to continue to work in Aboriginal health.
David is actively involved in a range of research in the Kimberley, both locally generated and collaborative research with a range of partners. Current research includes projects related to screening and management of diabetes in primary health care, outcomes of end stage kidney disease in the Kimberley, rheumatic heart disease, and dementia and the health needs of older Aboriginal Australians. He is also a chief investigator on the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funded Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal child health services research commencing in 2014.
David won the 2012 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, and the 2009 GPET-Medical Observer GP Supervisor of the Year Award.