Paul Worley has been Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner since 2017. From 2007 – 2017 he was Dean of Medicine at Flinders University in South Australia, where he established Rural Clinical Schools and University Departments of Rural Health in both South Australia and the Northern Territory and guided the conceptualisation and development of the Northern Territory Medical Program with a focus on recruiting and supporting Indigenous students and staff. While at Flinders University, Professor Worley developed and nurtured programs which are now recognised globally as models for rural medical, nursing and allied health education.
Professor Worley has held senior positions in the Rural Doctors Association of South Australia and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and was instrumental in establishing rural Divisions of General Practice across South Australia. He is Editor in Chief of the international journal, Rural and Remote Health, and is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.