Flinders Professor wins prestigious medical award

Professor Michael Kidd speaks at the opening of ViTA. Photo by Brett Sheridan.
Professor Michael Kidd speaks at the opening of ViTA. Photo by Brett Sheridan.

Professor Michael Kidd, Executive Dean of Flinders University’s Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, has been awarded the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ (RACGP) most prestigious honour, the Rose-Hunt Award.

The Rose-Hunt Award is presented to an RACGP Fellow or Member who has rendered outstanding service in the promotion of the organisation’s objectives.

Presenting the award at the GP14 conference in Adelaide, RACGP President Dr Liz Marles acknowledged Professor Kidd’s unwavering commitment to the RACGP and all spheres of general practice.

“Professor Kidd steered the RACGP through a particularly tumultuous time for general practice during his two terms as RACGP President,” said Dr Marles.

“He is highly respected in primary healthcare circles both nationally and internationally where he has tirelessly served the profession with integrity and perseverance.”

In addition to his role at Flinders, Professor Kidd is President of the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA), and also represents the profession on numerous high-level national and international boards and committees.

Dr Marles said Professor Kidd brings a unique credibility to all areas in which he works, whether it is international medico-political negotiations or interacting with medical students: “He is a true inspiration to all with whom he interacts.”

Professor Kidd said he felt very honoured to receive the Rose-Hunt award, particularly as some previous recipients had been among his mentors

“The RACGP has played an important part in my life, both professionally as a GP and academic, and personally through the many friendships I have made,” Professor Kidd said.

”I think my training and experience as a GP also set me up well to be a dean – being able to solve problems, make intelligent decisions, set goals, inspire others, and the ability to set the scene and coordinate the activity of multiple contributors,” he said.

Professor Kidd has been a GP since 1983, and still retains an involvement in clinical practice.

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