Harvey Newnham


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Harvey is an Endocrinologist and General Physician with extensive clinical leadership experience in the acute health sector. Harvey is Professor and Director of General Medicine, and Clinical Program Director of Emergency and Acute Medicine at Alfred Health and Professor of General Medicine, Central Clinical School, Monash University. Harvey is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a board member of Better Care Victoria and also chair of the board of Health Education Australia Limited (HEAL).

Harvey’s main interests are in delivery and quality improvement of acute medical care, patient engagement and interdisciplinary teamwork. In 2014 Harvey completed Brent James's “Advanced Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement" at the Intermountain Institute of Healthcare Delivery Research, Salt Lake City, USA.

In 2016, Harvey was the clinician on a three-member panel contributing to the "Targeting zero: Supporting the Victorian hospital system to eliminate avoidable harm and strengthen quality of care. Report of the Review of Hospital Safety and Quality Assurance in Victoria" produced by the Grattan Institute under the leadership of Stephen Duckett. This report has led to substantial changes in the Victorian DHHS's approach to its oversight of the quality and safety of healthcare in Victoria.

In his earlier career, Harvey was extensively involved in developing both the undergraduate medical student program and the physician training program at Eastern Health and was chair of the Endocrinology Specialist Advisory Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Harvey has served for many years as a senior member of the National Examining Panel of the RACP.


Education/Academic qualification




External positions

Professor and Director of General Medicine, Alfred Health

1 Aug 2018 → …

Melbourne Health board member, Melbourne Health

1 Aug 2017 → …

Better Care Victoria board member, Safer Care Victoria

2 Mar 2016 → …

Program Director of Emergency and Acute Medicine, Alfred Health

1 Jan 2009 → …


  • person-centred care
  • ward rounding
  • Safety culture
  • communication skills
  • systems approaches
  • Governance
  • prescribing

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Projects 2003 2020

Research Output 1995 2017

Discharge communication practices and healthcare provider and patient preferences, satisfaction and comprehension: A systematic review

Newnham, H., Barker, A., Ritchie, E., Hitchcock, K., Gibbs, H. & Holton, S., Oct 2017, In : International Journal for Quality in Health Care. 29, 6, p. 752-768 17 p., mzx121.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Predicting functional decline in older emergency patients-the Safe Elderly Emergency Discharge (SEED) project

Lowthian, J. A., Straney, L. D., Brand, C. A., Barker, A., De Villiers Smit, P., Newnham, H., Hunter, P., Smith, C. & Cameron, P. A., 2017, In : Age and Ageing. 46, 2, p. 219 - 225 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Reducing medication errors in hospital discharge summaries: a randomised controlled trial

Tong, E. Y., Roman, C. P., Mitra, B., Yip, G. S., Gibbs, H., Newnham, H. H., Smit, D. V., Galbraith, K. & Dooley, M. J., 16 Jan 2017, In : Medical Journal of Australia. 206, 1, p. 36-39 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Resuscitation orders in acute hospitals: A point prevalence study

Mills, A., Walker, A., Levinson, M., Hutchinson, A. M., Stephenson, G., Gellie, A., Heriot, G., Newnham, H. & Robertson, M., 1 Mar 2017, In : Australasian Journal on Ageing. 36, 1, p. 32-37 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Transfer of care and overstay in the management of cellulitis in the emergency short stay unit: A retrospective cohort study

Abetz, J. W., Adams, N. G., Newnham, H., Smit, D. V. & Mitra, B., Apr 2017, In : EMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia. 29, 2, p. 143-148 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review