Prof Paul Torzillo
Board Member, the Fred Hollows Foundation, Medical Director, Nganampa Health Council, Executive Clinical Director, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Director, Health Habitat
Paul Torzillo is Head of the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Senior Intensive Care Physician and Executive Clinical Director at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. He is Clinical Director of Critical Care Services for hospitals in the Sydney Local Health District and Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Sydney. He is also Medical Director of Nganampa Health Council in the NW corner of South Australia: Director of Healthabitat and a Board member of the Fred Hollows Foundation.
He has been involved in Aboriginal health since he was a medical student in the early 1970s . He was involved in a number of western NSW Aboriginal communities then and worked on the National Trachoma and Eye Health Programme. In 1983 he helped establish Nganampa Health Council working as a medical officer. He has had a continuous involvement with that organization since then and is currently the Medical Director. He has been a member of many national committees on research, policy and service implementation in Aboriginal Health and was appointed to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equity Council by the last labour government. He has had a major interest in health services development for remote Aboriginal communities. His other main area of work has been in environmental health and housing maintenance programmes—work known as Housing for Health projects. He has published widely in Aboriginal health and has been awarded an AM –order of Australia in 2005. He was instrumental in the establishment of the David Olds model of Nurse Home Visiting for pregnant mothers and infants in Aboriginal communities.
His first work in developing countries was in PNG in the late 1970s and early 1980s.However his primary interest in International Health has been in work with the WHO Division of Child and Adolescent health in the Programme for control of Acute Respiratory Infections. He worked as a short term professinal in the division in 1995, primarily in the area of the impact of antibiotic resistance on case management guidelines. Since then he has continued to give technical advice particularly on research projects . In addition he has a keen interest in Integrated management of Childhood Illness and was one of the participants in the first training courses for IMCI held in Ethiopia. He has subsequently worked in both technical advice and development of the generic algorithm and as consultant for adaptation and clinical instructor in Vietnam.