Former President AMA, Health, Communication & Leadership Speaker
Prof. Kerryn Phelps is a well recognised and highly awarded Australian doctor and public health and human rights advocate.
A pioneer of health communication and integrative medicine in Australia, Professor Phelps has authored several books, written regular health columns for The Australian Womens Weekly, and appeared and been the subject of several television programs. Her opinion is regularly sought by the broader media.
Professor Kerryn Phelps has practiced as a GP for over thirty years and during that time was Australia's first female President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA). She founded and is the principal clinician at Sydney Integrative Medicine and Cooper Street Clinic in Sydney.
A highly respected academic, 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.
She has appeared in the media for over 30 years, bringing messages about healthy lifestyle to the attention of the public. Her television credits include the ABC's EveryBody, TEN network's Good Morning Australia, the Nine Network's Today Show, A Current Affair, a documentary on the Kododa Campaign and was the narrator for the Seven Network's Last Chance Surgery. She has been the subject of stories on 60 Minutes, Australian Story and This Is Your Life.
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.
Professor Kerryn Phelps has been the popular health columnist for the Australian Women's Weekly for twenty-four years and a regular health writer. 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 The Cancer Recovery Guide with a foreword by HRH Prince Charles.
Professor Phelps 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. She is also a member of the board of Hockey Australia and is a member of the Medical Advisory Panel of the International Hockey Federation. From 2009-2012 she was President of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association. In 2003 she was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for services to Medicine and Australian society.
On 13 June 2011, Professor Kerryn Phelps 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.
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The audience was very enthusiastic when Kerryn was introduced. They were very interested in her presentation and a lot of them came to speak to her after the talk. She was very well-received.