Australian Respiratory Council

About ARC


Professor Gavin Frost

Acting Dean of Medicine, Sydney

Professor Frost is the Executive Dean of the School of Medicine at the Notre Dame School of Medicine, Fremantle and acting Dean of the School of Medicine, Sydney. Prior to this, he was an Associate Professor and Domain Head in Population and Public Health in the new Notre Dame University School of Medicine Sydney. Before his appointment to the Sydney campus he was General Manager (Business Development) with Aus Health International in NSW, developing overseas health projects including innovative community participation and community development models. Prior to this he was the Chief Medical Officer with MBF Australia, the nation’s largest private health insurance company for seven years.

Professor Frost is a medical graduate of Sydney University and the Sydney Hospital Clinical School, and holds a Masters degree in Public Health. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, was its Censor-in-Chief from 1999 until 2005 and was recently President of the College. He is also a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He was recently presented with an honorary fellowship of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine for his work in developing administrative medicine training in Hong Kong.

In 1997-98 he was the CEO of Royal North Shore Hospital, a 750 bed teaching hospital of Sydney University.

For 2 ½ years prior to that he was the Senior Medical Advisor in the AIDS and Communicable Diseases branch of the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health. Before this secondment, he was the Deputy Chief Health Officer in the NSW Health Department for four years, acting as Chief Health Officer for part of that time.

He has also served as senior medical advisor in the office of the NSW Minister of Health, and as Director of Community Medicine at Sydney Hospital.

He has undertaken locums with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Broken Hill and in remote centres in Australia.

In his Government roles, he has made numerous visits to China, and to Indonesia. He has also undertaken consultancies in Papua New Guinea, Romania, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Libya and the Indian Ocean Territories of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and Christmas Island.

Professor Frost was appointed to the Board of the Australian Respiratory Council (ARC) in 1980 and served as a Director till 2005. During this time, he was Director of Preventive Medicine and Director of the Health Information and Screening Service at Sydney Hospital. The ARC, in conjunction with the Sydney Hospital’s Health Information and Screening Service maintained a health screening programme targeting the workforce in and around the Sydney metropolitan area. The partnership commenced in 1978, continuing until 1992 and focused on detection of certain disorders requiring treatment, eg high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and bowel cancer.


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