Nick Coatsworth

Former Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Dr Nick Coatsworth is an outstanding communicator and one of Australia’s favourite doctors.  Nick held a key national role in the Australian response to COVID-19 as Deputy Chief Medical Officer.  Bringing together his skills as an infectious disease physician, a respiratory physician, a practitioner of disaster and humanitarian medicine, and high level experience in health administration, Nick became one of the most recognised medical spokespeople during the pandemic, engaging the Australian community through a variety of media platforms.

Nick has had a long history of leadership in medicine. He was Executive Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre in Darwin, and oversaw deployments of Australian Medical Assistance Teams to Vanuatu and Fiji after Cyclone Pam and Winston. Nick led the second AusMAT to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.

During his early career years 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 and served on the Board for two terms. He continues to serve on the Board of Careflight Limited.

Nick has a passion for clear communication driven by the need to translate the increasingly complex world of medicine into a language that can help his patients make informed choices.  He uses the same style to engage audiences as he takes them through the journey that has been his career so far, translating his many experiences into practical and ethical lessons for life.

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