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Professor Mark Shephard OAM, BSc(Hons), MSc, MAIMS, MAACB, FFSc(RCPA), PhD is Director of the International Centre for Point-of-Care Testing at Flinders University. He has a PhD in the application of point-of-care (POC) pathology testing models in Indigenous primary care settings (University of Adelaide), was elected as a Founding Fellow, Faculty of Science, Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2011 and received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Flinders University in 2009 for ‘significant contributions to the improvement of Aboriginal health in Australia and for services to the University’. Professor Shephard is a dual recipient of a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) (2006) and an Australian of the Year Award (2004), with both awards recognising his contribution to medical research through POC testing.

Since 2011,when the International Centre for Point-of-Care Testing was founded,Professor Shephard has received grants totalling over $20 Million from the Australian Government, the Northern Territory and Queensland Governments, the Emergency Medicine Foundation and the NHMRC. He is Chief Investigator B (CI-B) for the new NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence grant for infectious disease POC testing (awarded 2018), as well as a Chief Investigator on recent NHMRC Partnership and Project grants for POC testing for sexually transmitted infections (STI) (awarded 2015 and 2012).

Professor Shephard brings over 20 years of experience involving pioneering and innovative translational research of POC testing models for chronic, acute and infectious diseases into rural and remote Indigenous health services at both national and international levels; significant expertise in POC testing device evaluation, and leadership in the development of university teaching programs at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Professor Shephard is an invited to be a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Technical Consultation on POC testing for STIs (2014-present) and his International Centre for Point-of-Care Testing was formally designated as WHO Collaborating Centre for Sexually Transmitted Infections Point-of-Care Testing for a four-year term in January 2017.

Professor Shephard has authored over 100 peer-reviewed published papers, book chapters and Government reports in the national and international literature and is principal author and editor of the book A Practical Guide to Global Point-of-Care Testing (published in November 2016 by CSIRO Publishing).

Research Interests

Clinical applications of point-of-care pathology testing (POCT); rural and remote health; Indigenous health; chronic disease prevention and management; acute care pathology testing; infectious diseases


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Research Areas

  • Clinical

Supervisory Interests

  • Rural medical education and clinical training
  • Chronic disease management
  • Rural and remote health
  • Indigenous health
  • Point-of-Care testing


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