Professor Leon Piterman AM - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Berwick and Peninsula)

As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Berwick and Peninsula), Professor Leon Piterman is responsible for:

  • academic oversight and development at the Berwick and Peninsula campuses
  • ensuring existing and new courses at these campuses are:
    • underpinned by research excellence
    • designed to respond to regional and national workforce needs, with an emphasis on social inclusion

Professional background

After combining clinical and academic careers for more than a decade, Professor Piterman joined Monash University as a full-time staff member in 1992.

Prior to his current appointment as Pro Vice-Chancellor, he has been Professor of General Practice, Head of the School of Primary Health Care and Senior Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University.

He has organised medical conferences since 1988, which have attracted over 3000 delegates and enhanced the University's profile as a major provider of medical education nationally and internationally.

His other major contribution has been the development of clinical audit instruments to measure the effectiveness of educational interventions in changing practitioner behaviour and in monitoring patient health outcomes.

He has been awarded the Faculty's Silver Jubilee Prize for Medical Education, the RACGP Faulding Prize for Research and the Hong Kong College of General Practice Prize for Research.

He currently holds a number of NHMRC and other government and industry grants with a total value in excess of $2.5 million. He has published over 120 refereed papers, book chapters and co-edited General Practice Psychiatry, released in 2006.

In 2006 he was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for service to family medicine through distance education for doctors in remote areas, to research and student training, and to international medical education.

Academic interests

Professor Piterman's clinical and research interests lie in the areas of chronic disease management, mental health and medical education, including distance learning.

As a medical educator he is responsible for establishing Australia's largest and most successful Diploma/Masters Program in Family Medicine, which has now produced over 1300 graduates, nationally and internationally, since 1994.

He is a member of the Panel of Examiners of the Australian Medical Council and sits on or chairs a number of University and professional Committees related to research, teaching or educational administration. He maintains limited clinical practice, having previously been in full-time clinical practice from 1977 to 1992. He is a board member of the Royal District Nursing Service and Berwick Health Care.


Mary Fisher
Personal Assistant to Professor Leon Piterman
Building 901, 100 Clyde Road,
Berwick, Victoria, 3806
Postal: PO Box 1071, Narre Warren, Victoria 3805, Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9904 7009
Fax: +61 3 9904 7057