AO and former President of the AMA
Dr Haikerwal is a General Medical Practitioner in Melbourne’s Western Suburbs where he has practised for since 1991. He was the 19th Federal President of the Australian Medical Association (2005-2007), following two years as Federal Vice President and, prior to that, five years on the board of AMA Victoria -two years as Victorian State President (2001-2003). He was the founding Chair of the Westgate Division of Family Medicine (1993-1997).
He is currently working with the National e-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) apprising the Public, Government the Media and in particular the Clinical Health Professional community of the benefits of the vital role of IT in health care an enabler of reform and sustainability.
Between February 2008 and June 2009 he was appointed a Commissioner to the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission by the Prime Minister and Minister for Health. In June 2009 he was appointed a Professor in the School of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia.
He commenced as Chair of the beyondblue National Doctors’ Mental Health Program and the General Practice Data Governance committee in July 2009. Internationally, he is the Chair of the World Medical Association Finance and Planning Committee.
He was awarded Honorary Fellowships by both the Australian Medical Association (2005) and the Royal Australian College of General Practice (2007) as well as being presented with the Australian Medical Association President’s Award in May 2009. In October 2009 he was made an Honorary Life Member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.