Prof Kerryn Phelps AM

By June 22, 2011Patrons

Kerryn Phelps

President of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association.

“Jackie and I are honoured to be associated with The Pinnacle Foundation and fully support its important mission.  Struggles and barriers are still faced by many young LGBTIQ people coming to terms with their sexual identity, particularly in rural and remote areas. Marginalisation and discrimination can crush young souls and destroy lives.  Our community must not forget that  despite the  social and political advances of recent years, some of our younger generation is still vulnerable.  Pinnacle’s financial support for education through scholarships, matched with a mentoring program, ensures young LGBTIQs who need help will get it.  Passing wisdom from one generation to another can change lives .  There is nothing more satisfying than seeing young people rise above their difficulties and achieve their full potential.  Pinnacle is creating the new leaders of our community and they do it in a profound and practical way. That’s why they have our full support.  Jackie and I hope they get your support as well.”

Known to many as “Dr Kerryn“, she has been a familiar face to many Australians since the 1980s. Since that time she has appeared regularly on television, radio and in the print media informing the Australian public on a wide range of health issues. She is particularly focussed on bringing the message of integrative medicine, public health and human rights issues to the public at large.

She travels frequently to speak to health professionals and to the general public on all aspects of health, wellbeing, the health system and human rights, as well as leadership and strategy for professional organisations.


In May 2000, she was elected Federal President of the Australian Medical Association, becoming the first woman to head this organisation and serving a maximum term of three years. During her presidency, Prof. Phelps focussed attention on important issues in the health system, including:

  • establishing an advisory committee on complementary and alternative medicine to develop a position statement on behalf of the medical profession
  • developing a position statement on climate change and human health
  • highlighting the medical indemnity crisis and working closely with Federal and State governments towards a solution
  • commissioning a far-reaching report into the Australian medical workforce which ultimately proved that there was a severe shortage of doctors and changing the way the government plans for the medical workforce of the future
  • developing a report card on indigenous health
  • encouraging discussion of the role of the health system in response to bioterrorism.


In 2003 Prof. Phelps was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Health and Medicine.

That same year she was appointed Adjunct Professor in Public Health and General Practice at Sydney Medical School.

In 2010 she was appointed Conjoint Professor in Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales.

She continues to consult with patients at her Sydney clinics.

Prof Phelps is currently the health writer for the Australian Womens Weekly and writes medico-political commentary for Medical Observer Magazine.

In 2009 she was the host of the Seven network’s top-rating series “Last Chance Surgery”.

Prof Phelps has written the first textbook on integrative medicine with co-author Dr Craig Hassed.  The text book introduces the concept of Integrative Medicine in General Practice – combining medical and complementary therapies with lifestyle to achieve the best possible health outcomes for patients.