Dr Nick Coatsworth

Dr Nick Coatsworth

Dr Nick Coatsworth is a leader in health policy, public administration, and infectious disease medicine. Nick held a national role in the response to COVID-19 as Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Australia.  As one of the most recognised medical spokespeople during the pandemic, Nick was the spearhead of the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign.  After his federal role, Nick returned to Canberra Hospital as a senior executive, completing major reforms to medical staff culture and industrial relations.

As a clinician Nick has practised across four jurisdictions and internationally, from the outback to major hospitals and most places in between. He led the second Australian Medical Assistance Team (AusMAT) to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. He oversaw AusMAT deployments to Vanuatu and Fiji after Cyclone Pam and Winston.

During his early career Nick was a field doctor for Medecins Sans Frontieres and practised in the Republic of Congo, Chad and Darfur. Later, he became President of the Australian Section of MSF.  He has also served on the board of Careflight Limited, one of Australia’s leading aeromedical providers.

Nick is now undertaking a Doctorate of Philosophy at the Australian National University examining the international border closure decision during COVID-19.  He provides high-level advice in health systems and administration to the private and public sector.

Director and Founder of the Centre for Independent Studies

Professor of Public Policy and Director, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University


Sociologist, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney.
Author of The New Authoritarianism

Director, Free Market Foundation, (Hungary)

Health Director, Health and BioSecurity, CSIRO

Director and Founder, Academy of Ideas, London, (UK)

Founder and CEO, Cognoscenti Group

Executive Director, The New Zealand Initiative (NZ)

Australian writer and columnist for the News Limited Press

Research Director, CIS

Programme Co-ordinator of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, The University of Western Australia

Chinese Canadian human rights advocate

Senior Research Fellow, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

CEO and Founding Director, China Matters

Former Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives and Cabinet Minister

Pro Vice-Chancellor Arts and Academic Culture, and Professor of History, Australian Catholic University

Cancer researcher and clinical oncologist, with Genesis Care Newcastle

Founder and President, Middle East Forum, publisher Middle East Quarterly Journal, (US)

Professor of Economics, University of Melbourne

Senior Research Fellow and Director, Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society Program, CIS

Internationally acclaimed novelist and journalist, (US)

Head of Economic Research, Reserve Bank of Australia

Executive Director, CIS

Professor of Economics at Stanford University; Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution and Chair of the Working Group on Economic Policy, (US)

UQ-CSIRO Chair in Personalised Nanodiagnostics, Professorial Research Fellow, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland

Diplomat, American Board of Pathology

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure

Liberal Party Member for Berowra

Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011, Chairman & CEO of Geoff Raby and Associates Ltd based in Beijing

Director of China and Free Societies program, CIS

Senior Research Scholar, Marron Institute of Urban Management, New York University, (US)