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Prof. Kerryn Phelps AM is one of Australia’s best-known doctors, health communicators and public health and civil rights advocates.
She has been a general practitioner for over thirty years and is the founder and principal clinician at her two Sydney clinics, in Double Bay and Surry Hills, and is a pioneer in the fields of health communication and integrative medicine in Australia.
She has appeared in the media for over 30 years, bringing messages about healthy lifestyle to the attention of the public.
In 2016 Prof Phelps was elected as Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney.
She understands the pressures on families, having balanced career and parenthood throughout her working life as a mother of three. She is an advocate for child protection, having provided foster care for children at risk.
Prof Phelps is an Adjunct Professor at Sydney Medical School and a Conjoint Professor at the University of New South Wales Medical Faculty. She is a conjoint Professor in the National Institute of Complementary Medicine at University of Western Sydney.
In 2000 Prof 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.
From 2009-2012 she was President of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association.
She has been the popular health columnist for the Australian Women’s Weekly for over twenty years.
In 2003 she was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for services to Medicine and Australian society.
In 2011, she was 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.
She is the author of a groundbreaking textbook, “General Practice: The Integrative Approach, published in 2010 by Elsevier.
In 2013 her book “Ultimate Wellness: The 3-Step Plan” was published by Pan Macmillan. Later that year she was invited to India to meet with HRH Prince Charles and to open the Global Health Futures Conference.
In 2014 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Western Sydney.
In 2015 she published her latest book “The Cancer Recovery Guide” with a foreword by HRH Prince Charles.