Dr Fergus Gardiner OAM PhD

Director, National Emergency Response, Public Health Research Unit
ANU College of Health and Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Disease Surveillance 420202
  • Emergency Medicine 320207
  • Gastroenterology And Hepatology 320209
  • Infectious Diseases 320211
  • Rural And Remote Health Services 420321

Research interests

Fergus has published over 90 academic papers and reports, with the majority of these papers published in high quality medical journals such as the Medical Journal of Australia. This work has focused on rural and remote healthcare, including air ambulance retrievals, healthcare provision, and primary healthcare in remote Australia. Subject areas include communicating mental health, renal disease, and cardiovascular trends and addressing inequality in service provision in remote communities. Fergus’ research has resulted in many clinical improvement projects, such as the establishment of new medical services. This has included being a CI on an MRFF grant developing novel technologies to transform pre-hospital stroke care for all Australians, which is likely to result in light weight CT imaging devices being made available rurally which will assist in the diagnosis and management of thousands of remote suspected strokes. Furthermore, Fergus has led the evidenced-based implementation of the RFDS COVID-19 response nationally, including the leadership of over 8000 COVID-19 retrievals and the establishment of vaccination services in over 400 remote communities, leading to the RFDS assisting in the vaccination of over 500,000 community members.




Fergus is the Director, National Emergency Response, Public Health at the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) of Australia. His main areas of interest including, emergency and military medicine, and public health. His current work focusses on rural and remote aeromedical retrievals, including those for cardiovascular disease, digestive and liver disorders, substance use disorders, end-stage renal failure, and cancer. Prior to commencing with the RFDS, Fergus served in the Australian Defense Force, and later worked across large teaching hospitals and the Department of Health in Canberra. Fergus is a visiting academic at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health and The Australian National University Medical School.


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