Chris joined Oakden Medical Centre in 2014 because of its great team approach. This helps Chris find “Joy in Work”, and he can focus on patient centred care rather than having a focus on the volume of patients seen. Chris believes time spent listening and getting to know a person is a critical part of being involved in your healthcare.
Recognising if he is going to be of help to people in the long term, Chris keeps himself mentally and physically healthy by running 2 days and cycling the hills of Adelaide 2 days per week with a supportive network of friends. He values his family, and gets involved with teaching, research and learning new things.
Areas of special interest include diabetes, heart disease, skin cancer, care of older people, dementia, men’s health, pain, health care education and training, quality improvement and change leadership.
Chris wants to make a difference to people’s lives if that’s what they want.
Chris was born, raised and worked in the north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide all his life. He completed his medical degree at the University of Adelaide, graduating in 1987. He obtained his Fellowship of the College of General Practitioners in 1995, and a Diploma in Practice Management from the University of New England (1999), MBA from University of Adelaide (2004) and Fellowship of the College of Health Service Administration (2015). He has worked as a GP in Adelaide since 1990, and from 2003-2015 was Director of General Practice Training at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, supporting junior doctors. He developed a Doctor’s Health program for junior doctors and their self-care, recognising this was an unmet need in the public hospital system. He also works part time as director of BMP Healthcare Consulting, a management consulting firm working with companies interested in safe and effective healthcare.