Gregory Phillips

Biography:

Gregory is from the Waanyi and Jaru peoples, and comes from Cloncurry and Mount Isa. He is a medical anthropologist, has a PhD in psychology (‘Dancing With Power: Aboriginal Health, Cultural Safety and Medical Education’), and a research master’s degree in medical science (‘Addictions and Healing in Aboriginal Country’; published as a book in 2003).

Gregory has twenty years work experience in healing, alcohol and other drugs, youth empowerment, medical education and health workforce. He developed an accredited Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health curriculum for all medical schools in Australia and New Zealand, founded the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network, and co-wrote a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce strategy.

He established the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation Ltd in the wake of the federal apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, has advised federal ministers on health inequality, and was honoured in 2011 with an ADC Australian Leadership Forum Award.

Gregory is currently Chief Executive Officer of ABSTARR Consulting, and an Associate Professor and Research Fellow at The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute.