Biography of Kim Oates


Kim Oates is a paediatrician who trained in Sydney, London and Boston.  Most of his professional work has been associated with the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the University of Sydney.  He was the first holder of the University’s Douglas Burrows Chair of Paediatrics and Child Health (1985-1997) and was simultaneously Chairman of the Hospital’s Division of Medicine.  He was the Hospital’s Chief Executive from 1997-2006.  He was the inaugural chair of the New south Wales Child Death Review Team and founding Chair of the Federal Government’s National Council for the prevention of child abuse.
He has been a President of the International Society for the Prevention of Child abuse and Neglect.  And spent a year as Director of the Kempe National Center for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect in the USA.

Professor Oates has published widely on child abuse, particularly its longer term effects, and in general paediatrics.

He is currently Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Sydney and Director of Undergraduate Education at the Clinical Excellence Commission, teaching in five medical schools about medical error.  He also conducts a program identifying and teaching for future medical leaders in Vietnam.