About the National Rural Health Commissioner

Emeritus Professor Paul Worley

Page last updated: 11 November 2017

Emeritus Professor Paul Worley

Emeritus Professor Paul Worley was appointed as Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner on 11 November 2017.

Professor Worley has had a distinguished career in rural health, both as a practitioner and an academic. He studied medicine at the University of Adelaide, graduating in 1984 and has worked as a General Practitioner in rural South Australia; first at Lameroo, and then in Clare.

From 2007 - 2017 he was Dean of Medicine at Flinders University in South Australia, where he established the Flinders Rural Clinical School and the Centre for Remote Health. While at Flinders University, Professor Worley developed programs which are now recognised globally as models for the establishment of rural medical education. During his academic career, he continued to work part-time as a Rural Generalist in Barmera and currently at Yankalilla.

Professor Worley has long been a leading figure in the rural health sector, and has held senior positions in the Rural Doctors Association of South Australia and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

As National Rural Health Commissioner, Professor Worley is passionate about improving Australia’s rural health system, ensuring we have the right health professionals in the right place at the right time.

Professor Worley lives in South Australia with his wife, and has seven children (including three children in-law) and four grandchildren.

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