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The man from down under takes over

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 15 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:136

Christopher Zinn meets Don Nutbeam, the Sydney public health professor who is to take over as head of the Department of Health's public health division

Professor Don Nutbeam's curriculum vitae stretches to 40 pages, but he claims that the reason for its length is the demand on the international conference circuit for a speaker who will tell a few jokes. Even the eight page abridged version is so full of projects, policies, and publications from his past 10 years in Australia that it is hard to believe that he also managed to advise the Chinese government on non-communicable diseases and play for his beloved local soccer team as well.

But now 45 year old Don Nutbeam, who heads the department of public health and community medicine at the University of Sydney, is heading back to England, where he grew up, as the newly appointed head of the UK Department of Health's public health division. “I don't think I'm a typical public servant and I don't think I've been recruited to be a typical public servant,” he said in his campus office last week.

“I hope and expect to be able to use my technical skills. One of the hallmarks of my position in Australia is that I …

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