Mr Harris was the Health Policy Lead at the Mitchell Institute until August 2019.

A health and welfare policy expert, Mr Harris specialises in studying chronic health comorbidities. As the lead on Australia’s Mental and Physical Health Tracker, which has been very influential on Government thinking and policy, he is also widely published on health issues.

With an interest in data based approaches to improving people’s health, his background includes time as Director of Public Policy at the Australian Medical Association; Chief of Staff to the Victorian Minister for Community Services, Mental Health and Disability Services and Reform; Executive Director of the Optometrists Association of Victoria; and various positions supporting the Commonwealth Government.