Professor David Perkins (Symposium Chair)
Professor of Rural Health Research, Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, The University of Newcastle
Professor David Perkins is Professor of Rural Health Research at the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, The University of Newcastle. Previously, David was Director of the Centre for Remote Health Research at the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, University of Sydney. He completed his doctorate in the UK and worked as a senior manager in the NHS. He has held academic positions at the Universities of Kent, Wollongong, New South Wales, and Sydney. David served as editor in chief of the Australian Journal of Rural Health and is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Integrated Health Care. He has published widely in Australia and overseas in peer reviewed articles, reports, edited books and an authored textbook on health economics. He is convenor of the Orange Declaration group of academics, policy makers and managers advocating for a more nuanced approach to mental health policy and services and co-director of the International Foundation for Integrated Care, Australia.