Professor Merrilyn Walton

Professor of Medical Education (Patient Safety), School of Public Health

The University of Sydney

Professor Walton AM, is a Professor of Medical Education at The University of Sydney.

She is a researcher and leader in health service development and patient safety; most of her current work is in low and middle-income countries. She was Associate Dean International and head of the Office for Global Health at the Sydney Medical School (2012-14).

Her international work has involved patient safety and workforce development across Asia in Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Timor Leste and China. She was a WHO leader in patient safety education from 2009-11. She has over 65 peer-reviewed journal articles ,18 chapters in books and 3 books, 17 major government reports, 22 newspaper articles.

Over the last five years she has been involved in cross disciplinary work with Agriculture to develop One Health approaches to improve livelihoods of rural farming communities in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2015 for ‘significant service to the health care sector, particularly through policy development and reform, and to professional medical practice and standards’. In 2016 she accepted an honorary Professorship at the Hanoi Medical University Viet Nam.