Professor Michael Toole AM has 40 years of experience working in the health sector in low and middle income countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Pacific. He is a medical epidemiologist and public health physician, with expertise in maternal and child health, including nutrition; communicable diseases control including HIV prevention and care; health security; sexual and reproductive health; and public health in conflict-affected and refugee populations. He is currently a Principal Research Fellow and senior adviser on nutrition and health security at the Burnet Institute.
Between 1986 and 1995, he worked at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he coordinated CDC’s public health response to complex humanitarian emergencies. He was a founding board member of MSF Australia and was a member of the International Monitoring Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (2010-2017). He was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013.