Professor Christine Phillips

Professor, Social Foundations of Medicine, Medical School
College of Health & Medicine
T: 61257665

Areas of expertise

  • Primary Health Care 111717
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117

Research interests

  • Primary health care systems
  • Refugee health and the health of vulnerable persons
  • Interprofessional working in health settings


Christine is a general practitioner and health services researcher with interest and expertise in the health and health care of marginalised persons and populations, quality in health care and refugee and migrant health. She leads the Social Foundations of Medicine group at the ANU Medical School, where she instituted a curriculum integrating the social sciences of medicine and health across all four years  of medical education.  Christine is Medical Director of Companion House Medical Service, the ACT's refugee health care service, and has over twenty-five years of clinical experience working in primary care in the context of deep urban poverty, working in settings including drug and alcohol medicine, elder care, and prison health.  She is immediate past Chair of the Refugee Health Network of Australia, an organisation she co-founded in 2009, and has been an Advisor for UNHCR, the Migration Council of Australia, and state and federal departments of health and human services. Awards include: the ANU JG Crawford Medal (1999); Rotary Australia Evaluation of Rural Health Award (2008); the Australian University Award Citation for Teaching (2014); the ANU Vice Chancellor's Awards for excellence in teaching (2014), community outreach and engagement (2011), and programs that enhance learning  (2015); ANU International Women's Day Award for gender equity (2012); ACT Health Australia Day Award for Companion House Medical Service (2010); finalist for ACT Woman of the Year (2019); Member of the Order of Australia (2020) for service to medical education, refugee and migrant health and medicine. Her work in refugee health led to her inclusion in the National Library of Australia's Australian Women's Archive project. Her research largely addresses implementation research for health innovations, diversity and equity in health and health care, and is interdisciplinary in nature, combining social sciences, epidemiology and biomedical research.


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