Dr Jamal Rifi AM


Jamal is a strong advocate of multi-faith initiatives. He was a founding member of Muslim Doctors Against Violence and the Christian Muslim Friendship Society.

Dr Jamal Rifi is a General Practitioner and prominent figure in the Lebanese Muslim community in Sydney. Rifi is known for winning the The Australian newspaper’s Australian of the Year, in January 2015. In 2010 he was a National Finalist as Australia’s Local Hero for the Australian of the Year.

Subsequently in January 2015 he was chosen by The Australian newspaper as its alternate Australian of the Year. When he was announced as the winner, he was praised by senior politician Scott Morrison who said that Rifi is a, “great Australian”. In October 2015 Dr Rifi was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Canberra.