Richard Harris

Dr Richard Harris (2019 Australian of the Year)
Dr Richard Harris (2019 Australian of the Year)

Dr Richard Harris SC OAM

Dr Richard “Harry” Harris works in anaesthesia and aeromedical retrieval medicine in Adelaide, South Australia.

He has expertise in diving, wilderness and remote area health. His passion for cave diving goes back to the 1980’s and has taken him to the corners of the globe in search of new adventures.

Harry has a professional and voluntary interest in search and rescue operations, establishing the first sump rescue training course in Australasia. By building relationships with emergency services in Australia he has been preparing for such an event.  The 2018 Thailand Cave Rescue was an opportunity to put this training to work, ending in a very successful outcome for all whose who were trapped.

Dr Harris has a personal interest in the achievements of Sir Hubert Wilkins MC & Bar (1888–1958); the Australian polar explorer, ornithologist, pilot, soldier, geographer and photographer. He believes Wilkins’ story should be investigated and known by Australian students.

Richard was named joint winner of the Australian of the Year award in 2019 along with his dive partner, Craig Challen for the Thai cave rescue.