David Scrimgeour ('67) AM

Dr. Scrimgeour has worked in Aboriginal health as a general practitioner and public health practitioner for most of the last 30 years. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1974 and has a postgraduate degree in public health from Harvard University. He has a longstanding interest in the health of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia, but has also worked in international health in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. He has worked with Aboriginal people in various parts of Australia, particularly in remote areas, but also in regional and urban areas.

He first worked with “Congress’, the Aboriginal medical service in Alice Springs in 1977 and then with the Pitantjatara, Ngaanyatjarra and Yankutjatjarra people in the north-west of SA and adjoining area of WA with the “Srelley mob” in the Pilbara region of WA, the Pintupi people at Kintore and Kiwirrkura and the Jigalong mob in WA, and then at Yalata as Medical Director for Tullawon Health Service until joining AHCSA in late 2007.

He has worked as Research Fellow with the Menzies School of Health Research in the NT and is currently a part-time Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Adelaide.

In a number of communities, as the first medical practitioner working with a new health organization, he was closely involved with health service development for these communities. In 2009 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his work in improving health service delivery for Aboriginal communities. His current work, as Public Health Medical Officer with the Aboriginal Health Council of SA, includes providing public health advice and support to Aboriginal health organizations in South Australia. He has an interest in general health policy and in systems for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care.