Professor Kerryn Phelps AM is one of Australia's best-known doctors and public health and human rights advocates. She has been a general practitioner for over 30 years and is a pioneer in the fields of health communication and integrative medicine in Australia.
She is an advisory board member and conjoint Professor at NICM. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Sydney Medical School and a Conjoint Professor at the University of New South Wales Medical Faculty.
In 2000, Professor Phelps was elected as the first female President of the Australian Medical Association, a post she held for the maximum term of three years. She guided political and practical solutions to the medical indemnity crisis and the medical workforce shortage. Under her presidency, the AMA developed its first position statements on complementary medicine, on sexuality and gender diversity, on the medical response to bioterrorism, and on the association between climate change and human health. She advocated strongly for the rights of refugee children in detention and for a solution to the problems of health disparity and disadvantage for indigenous Australians.
Professor Phelps has appeared in the media for over 25 years, bringing messages about healthy lifestyle to the attention of the public. She has presented a variety of health and fitness programs on radio, and has been a regular newspaper and magazine columnist, including the Australian Women's Weekly, ABC's EveryBody, TEN network's Good Morning Australia, the Nine Network's Today Show, A Current Affair, 60 Minutes, and ABC's Australian Story.
She is a member of the New South Wales Ministerial Taskforce on Preventive Health and is a member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners' Integrative Medicine Strategic Education Advisory Group. Professor Phelps is also a member of the board of Hockey Australia and is a member of the Medical Advisory Panel of the International Hockey Federation.
Awards and recognition
2000: elected Federal President of the Australian Medical Association, becoming the first woman to head this organisation and serving a maximum term of three years.
2003: awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for services to Medicine and Australian society.
2009 - 2012: elected President of the Australasian Integrative Medical Association.
2009: hosted Channel 7's "Last Chance Surgery" which was one of the highest rating shows of the season.
2010: wrote an Integrative Medicine textbook "General Practice: The Integrative Approach, published by Elsevier.
2011: awarded an Order of Australia for service to medicine, particularly through leadership roles with the Australian Medical Association, to education and community health, and as a general practitioner
2013: wrote "Ultimate Wellness: The 3-Step Plan" published by Pan McMillan.
2013: appointed to the board of Hockey Australia.
2014: awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the Western Sydney University.
2015: wrote "The Cancer Recovery Guide", published by Pan Macmillan.