1987 Harvard Menzies Scholar
Scholarship biography (at time of award)
David Scrimgeour was awarded the scholarship to complete a Masters of Public Health at Harvard University.
Studied at: Harvard University
Dr David Scrimgeour is a public health physician and general practitioner. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1974 and has a postgraduate degree in public health from Harvard University. He has a longstanding interest in the health of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia, but has also worked in international health in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. He has worked with Aboriginal people in various parts of Australia, particularly in remote areas, but also in regional and urban areas.
In a number of communities, as the first medical practitioner working with a new health organization, he was closely involved with health service development for these communities. In 2009 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his work in improving health service delivery for Aboriginal communities. His current work, as Public Health Medical Officer with the Aboriginal Health Council of SA, includes providing public health advice and support to Aboriginal health organizations in South Australia. He has an interest in general health policy and in systems for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care.