Dr Jamal Rifi AM


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

Jamal is a General Practitioner and prominent figure in the Lebanese Muslim community in Sydney. In 2010 he was a National Finalist as Australia’s Local Hero for the Australian of the Year. He is known for winning The Australian newspaper’s Australian of the Year in January 2015. When he was announced as the winner, he was praised by senior Australian politician, now Prime Minister 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 and in 2017 was appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM), Australia in recognition of his outstanding achievement and service.