General Practitioner; Senior Adjunct Lecturer, ANU Medical School MMBS; M Climate Change, ANU
Peter works in general practice in Aboriginal, drug and alcohol, and mainstream practices in Canberra. He has been a general practitioner for thirty-two years, twenty-nine of them working in Aboriginal health in Central Australia, where he was involved in developing a primary health care focus in the General Practice Divisions network. During this time he held various positions including Chair on the NT Division Board of the NT state-based organisation and of the Rural Health Workforce Agency. He was the RACGP GP of the Year in 2007. Peter is an active member of the Public Health Association of Australia, Doctors for the Environment Australia and other environment groups. He completed his Masters of Climate Change in 2010 at ANU and continues to be involved in climate change research at both ANU and UNSW.
In 2017, Peter Tait was awarded the prestigious public health award, the Sidney Sax Medal, for efforts to promote and protect the public's health, including promoting planetary health. "By which I mean, living respectfully in tune with Nature", Peter said. "This really is a team award; totally unlooked for and unexpected. I stand on the shoulders of Giants. Tony McMichael, Stephen Boyden, and many others, who have shaped my thinking for decades."