Dr. Mukesh Haikerwal, AC

Adviser: Dr Mukesh Haikerwal is a General Medical Practitioner in Melbourne’s Western Suburbs where he has practised since 1991.

Dr Haikerwal is member of the Board and also Chair of the beyondblue National Doctors’ Mental Health Program and the General Practice Data Governance committee. Internationally, he held position of Chair of the World Medical Association Finance and Planning Committee. In April 2011, he was appointed Chair of Council of the World Medical Association, an esteemed honour.

Dr Haikerwal works with the National e-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) as is National Clinical Lead and Head of the Clinical Leadership & Engagement Unit. His role is in apprising the public, government the media and in particular the Clinical Health Professional community of the benefits of the vital role of IT in health care an enabler of reform and sustainability. He leads a team of healthcare providers from multi-disciplinary backgrounds, to assist in NEHTA’s liaison with the healthcare community and to provide input into the development of the NEHTA work program to deliver e-health for Australia.

Between February 2008 and June 2009 he was appointed a Commissioner to the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission by the Prime Minister and Minister for Health.

He was the 19th Federal President of the Australian Medical Association, its Federal Vice President and, prior to that AMA Victorian State President. He was the founding Chair of the Westgate Division of Family Medicine now the Westgate GP Network covering the Federal seats of Gellibrand and Lalor. He is a Professor in the School of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia and was appointed to the NH&MRC Health Care Committee.

Dr Haikerwal was awarded Honorary Fellowships by both the Australian Medical Association (2005) and the Royal Australian College of General Practice (2007) as well as being presented with the Australian Medical Association President’s Award in May 2009. In October 2009 he was also made an Honorary Life Member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

In January 2011 Dr Haikerwal was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to medical administration, to the promotion of public health through leadership roles with professional organisations, particularly the Australian Medical Association (AMA), the reform of the Australian health system through the optimisation of information technology, and as a general practitioner.