Introduction to Greg Stewart – IFIC Australia Chair
DR Greg Stewart
After forty years in the NSW Health system as a clinician, public health physician and senior manager, Dr Greg Stewart retired in April 2020 from his position as Director of Primary, Integrated and Community Health for South-Eastern Sydney Local Health District (2011-20). His career spanned a full range of management and public health activities in NSW Health, including as Director of the South-Western Sydney Public Health Unit (1990-96), Chief Executive Officer of Wentworth Area Health Service (2000-01), Chief Health Officer of NSW (2001-05) and Director of Population Health, Planning and Performance for Sydney South West Area Health Service (2005-11).
Greg undertook his medical training at Sydney University and graduated in 1979. In 1984, he undertook a Master of Public Health degree, also at Sydney University. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (1990) and was President of the Faculty from May 2014 to May 2016. He currently serves as Chair of the AFPHM NSW Regional Committee and is the NSW Regional Education Coordinator. He chairs the Faculty Training Committee and serves on the Faculty Education Committee.
He chairs the Partnership Committee of IFIC Australia, the Advisory Committee of the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at UNSW, and the Management Committee of the Join Us Research Register (George Institute).
His Board governance experience includes on the NSW Medical Board/Council (2002-2012), and on the Boards of Sydney Water (2005-2012) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2006-2012). He has served two terms on the RACP Board (2014-2016 and 2020-2021). He is currently a member of the RACP Ethics Committee.
He was recalled to duty from July to October 2020 and again from July to November 2021 to assist in the NSW Health COVID-19 Public Health Response Branch where he was a Deputy Public Health Controller and Senior Medical Advisor, working on a range of activities related to prevention and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.