Professor of Medicine

Professor Kichu Nair AM

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Professor Nair is internationally recognised as driving the evolution of professional development and advancing the study of geriatrics and medical education. He has led innovative initiatives that have changed the way aged care is delivered in the Hunter Region. He has developed the Workplace Based Assessment program for international medical graduates, the first of its kind in Australia!


  • MD - University of Newcastle
  • FANZGSM - Australia
  • FRACP - Australia
  • FRCP - Edinburgh
  • FRCP - Ireland
  • FRCP - Glasgow

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Professor Nair is the Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education at the University of Newcastle. He is extremely passionate about how doctors connect with their patients. In 2012 the Royal Australasian College of Physicians awarded the prestigious "John Sands Medal" to Professor Nair. He holds the position of Director of the Centre for Medical Professional Development at Hunter New England Health. He has chaired the University’s Conjoint Appointments Committee for seven years, where he dealt with the appointment and promotion of academics at the Faculty of Health and Medicine.

Throughout his career, Professor Nair has been recognised with numerous awards.  In 2009 he was awarded the prestigious Order of Australia (AM) for his services to medical education.  He is also the recipient of several awards for innovation.  Professor Nair pioneered a multi-disciplinary approach to aged care through Hunter New England’s Maggie Project.  He developed the Workplace Based Assessment Program for International Medical Graduates in collaboration with the University of Newcastle’s School of Medicine and Public Health.  This program has changed the way international doctors are assessed in New South Wales and this program is the first of its kind in Australia..  Professor Nair was inspired to create a more efficient way of assessing international medical graduates after having to go through the process himself over 25 years ago.

Professor Nair has shared his knowledge and expertise with the medical profession in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Ireland,  Timor Leste, India, Malaysia and the USA. He serves as a Senior Examiner and Member of the Board of Examiners for the  Australian Medical Council, as a member of the National Panel of Examiners for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and he is the Chair of the Workplace Based Assessment Committee at the Australian Medical Council.

Professor Nair founded the Master of Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management) at the University of Newcastle GradSchool. The postgraduate program provides doctors with a hospital-wide perspective to patient care, training students to be effective communicators across disciplines. He currently serves as the convener of the program.