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Hello, I'm Paresh Dawda

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A General Medical Practitioner with a portfolio of roles spanning clinical, leadership, academic and consultancy domains. As a clinician, he leads organisations and provides services for people with complex and chronic conditions across the ACT including those with disabilities, residing in aged care and palliative care. He has been a Regional Medical Director for a corporate provider with a focus on rural and regional health. As a leader, he provides specialist advice to the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation and NSW eHealth on broad issues with a primary care lens. As an academic, he has Professorial level affiliations with the Business School of UNSW and the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra. He has authored multiple influential papers and was the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of BMJ’s Integrated Healthcare Journal. As a SME and consultant, he has advised Commonwealth Government, State Governments and PHNs in Australia and designed and delivered programs internationally and nationally on high-performing primary healthcare organisations, co-design, service improvement and system integration. The golden thread that weaves through his diverse interests is a passion for human-centred care. He has developed the first purposefully designed human-centred care general practice. 

Current Roles & Functions

Founder, Director and Principal, Prestantia Health

Founder, Director and Principal, Next Practice Deakin

Consultant Specialist Adviser, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation

Advisory & Academic

Adjunct Professor, University of Canberra

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of New South Wales

Deputy Chair, RACGP Expert Committee - Quality Care

Member National Standing Committee Quality Care (NSC-QC)


PICO Advisory Sub-committee (PASC) of the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC)


Co-Chair Clinical Council Capital Health Network

Senior Research Fellow, ANU

Adjunct Associate Professor, ANU

Medical Adviser, ACT Medicare Local

Consultant Specialist Adviser, NSW eHealth

Board Member, ACT Heart Foundation (2015-2018)

Australian Commission for Quality and Safety - Member Primary Care Advisory Committee (2016-2019)

Australian Digital Health Agency,  Member Quality and Safety Board Advisory Committee (2017-2019)

RACGP NSW and ACT Faculty Board (2014-2016)

Editor-in-Chief BMJ Integrated Healthcare Journal

NPS MedicineWise, Advisor on a number of programs

Media Interview

In the media

Dr Dawda has had multiple media attendances. The following links are to media appearances, radio interviews and main stream media publications.

TV camera

WIN News Interview

Pile of Newspapers

Canberra Times Article

Online Teaching

Palliative Care Panel

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