George is a New Zealand-trained public health physician broadly experienced in geriatric medicine and aged care, public health and health services management. He is, or has been, a public health administrator, researcher and teacher. Currently, he is working as a public health consultant, researcher and advocate and is active in a number of third sector mental health and primary care organisations.
George worked as a health services researcher and planner in the Department of Health for more than a decade. He was the Director General of Health (1986 -1991) and professor and foundation director of the university-based Health Services Research Centre in Wellington 1993-1999.
George was a long-standing member of the World Health Organisation's global advisory panel on Human Resources for Health, and occasionally works for the World Health Organisation in its Western Pacific Region as an advisor/consultant in health services and health workforce development.
From 2001-2006, he was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Minister of Health on the health workforce and chaired the committee's Medical Reference Group.