Dr. Mukesh Haikerwal

Mukesh Haikerwal is a General Medical Practitioner in Melbourne Victoria Australia in a group practice in the West. He has been the Chair of Council of the World Medical Association and was elected in May 2011 working with 111 Member National Medical Associations (NMA) working in particular in the areas of Medical Ethics, Social and Medical Affairs and in capacity building and advocating for the need for health and health care as a wise investment for Nations.

This role builds on previous advocacy roles from his student and junior doctor days in Australia and the UK. He is a Professor in the School of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Flinders.

University in Adelaide, South Australia. He is also Chair of the beyondblue National Doctors’ Mental Health Program and a Co-Chair of the Australian Asian Medical Federation. He sits on the Advisory Board of Brain Injury Australia and the Board of the Cancer Council of Victoria. On August 1st 2014, he was appointed as Chair of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare by the Hon. Peter Dutton, Minister for Health and Minister for Sport.

He was the 19th Federal President of the Australian Medical Association, its Federal Vice President and, prior to that AMA Victorian State President. This saw him responsible for national policy development, lobbying with federal parliamentarians, co-ordinating activity across the AMA State entities and representing the AMA and its members nationally and internationally. He is a Life fellow of the RACGP and in May 2014, he was awarded the Gold Medal: the highest honour the AMA can present.

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Rural, regional, remote and culturally secure service delivery