Professor Peter Harvey began his career teaching mathematics, science and literature in South Australia, Western Australia and Tonga, and later completed a PhD in the University of Western Australia's School of Medicine.
From 1996 to 2004 he led a number of research projects, including the rural component of the South Australian Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Coordinated Care Trial, and the Sharing Health Care SA chronic disease self management demonstration project run through the University of South Australia and the Spencer Gulf Rural Health School.
Between 2003 and 2008,he was a chief investigator with the first NHMRC funded Centre of Clinical Research Excellence (CCRE) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in Australia; a collaborative project established by the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and Flinders University. The project led to a range of successful chronic illness management and self-management initiatives in Aboriginal health services.
Before being appointed to the position of Director of the Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health (GGT UDRH) in 2014, Professor Harvey was the Director of the Flinders Centre for Gambling Research, and Manager of the Statewide Gambling Therapy Service where he also continued his involvement in chronic condition management and self-management research programmes, including the development of a tobacco management programme as part of the National Closing the Gap strategy in Aboriginal Health.
In his role as Director of the GGT UDRH, Professor Harvey followed his passion for improving the health of rural communities and introduced research focusing on Aboriginal chronic illness management and the impact and treatment of problematic gambling in rural communities.
Professor Harvey retired from his university position in April 2017 and, as a conjoint professor in Deakin University's School of Medicine, he remains involved in a number of chronic illness research projects including the development of chronic illness self-management programmes in Mexico and China.