Mick Reid

Former Director General of Health, New South Wales & Queensland Australia

Mick Reid has undertaken many roles in the Australian and international health systems during a career that spans four decades. His experience includes bureaucrat, consultant and academic giving him a breadth of experience and depth of knowledge of the health care system. Mick was Director General of Health in two Australian States. For five years until 2002, he held the position of Director General of New South Wales Health. Until 2011, he spent three years as Director General of Queensland Health. Between 2004 – 2007 he was the Director General of the Ministry for Science and Medical Research in New South Wales. When not engaged in the public sector, Mick is Principal of his consulting company, Michael Reid & Associates, which has undertaken health and science projects throughout Australia and internationally in Cambodia, China, East Timor, Japan, India, Laos, New Zealand, Thailand and the United Kingdom. Mick has held senior advisory roles at PwC, McKinsey & Company, the George Institute for Global Health Australia, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and GE Healthcare. He currently acts as an Advisor to Bain International and Health Catalyst. Broad areas of consultation have related to macro health systems development and evaluation, health workforce reform, clinical engagement, services planning, indigenous health, coordination and translation of health and science research, and performance analysis. He provides mentoring services to many people engaged in senior positions within the health sector. Within Australia, Mick is the Chair of AusHealth (the business entity of South Australia Health), Deputy Chair on the Central Adelaide Local Health District Governing Board, Chair of the Board Chairs for SA Health, Board Member of the Western Sydney Local Health District and Chair of the Eastern Sydney Private Hospital. Mick holds Adjunct Professorships in both the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney and the School of Science and Health at the University of Western Sydney and is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing. In 2011, he was awarded the AHHA Sidney Sax Medal for contributions to Australian Health Services and in 2019 was appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community through government and not-for-profit health roles, and to Indigenous welfare.