A/Professor Katrina Anderson

BMed(Newc), FRACGP, MTh

A/Professor Katrina Anderson

Director of GP Education, Academic Unit of General Practice

Associate Professor ANU Medical School

Chair, Integrated Child and Community Health program ANU

Medical Education Adviser, Canberra Region Medical Education Council 

RACGP General Practitioner of the Year 2018 – NSW ACT

Dr Katrina Anderson is Associate Professor, Academic Unit of General Practice, ANU Medical School (ANUMS) and Medical Education Adviser for the Canberra Region Medical Education Council. Katrina currently works clinically in refugee and asylum seeker health and has a variety of roles within the ANUMS and ACT Health in training medical students and junior doctors.

Her main research and education interests are in medical education specifically around the vertical integration of medical training, supervisor support and prevocational training of doctors. She has a special interest in mental health, counselling and self-care and is passionate about patient centred medicine and improving health outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged patients.

Katrina completed her undergraduate medical degree at the University of Newcastle, NSW in 1990. She became a Fellow of the RACGP in 1995 and has been a medical educator and academic since 1994 initially with the RACGP then with the Australian National University Medical School. She was the Director of GP Training for the SENSW and ACT region for 8 years and Director of the Prevocational GP Placement Program for 6 years.

Katrina is currently the Chair of the Integrated Child and Community Health semester in the third-year medical school program at ANUMS. She is Director of the Healer's Art Course delivered to first year medical students. She also led the development of the Canberra Region Medical Education Council which oversees the quality and safety of junior doctor training and the professional development of doctors in training in the ACT and SENSW region. She was the inaugural Chair from 2014-2022.

Katrina received an Australian Award for University Teaching - Award for Teaching Excellence in 2017


Looi J, Anderson K: COVID-19 isolated-academic logorrhoea: an emergent debilitating disorder afflicting medical academics. Australasian Psychiatry, Sage Journals - Correspondence 2021, 29, (1).

Ovington S, Anderson K, Choy M, Haesler E. Experiences of Australian general practitioners during the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative study. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 2021; 27(4): XXXVIII-XXXIX.

Looi J, Anderson K, Bonner D, Maguire P, Reay R: Student evaluations of teaching (SET): implications for medical education in psychiatry and an approach to evaluating SET and student performance. Australasian Psychiatry Sage Journals 2020.

Andeson K, Looi J: Chronic Zoom Syndrome: emergence of an insidious and debilitating mental health disorder during Covid - 19. In: Australasian Psychiatry, Sage Journals. 05/10/2020 edn; 2020.

Liu WM, Forbat L, Anderson K: Death of a close friend: Short and long-term impacts on physical, psychological and social well-being. PLOS ONE 2019, 14(5): e0218026.

Jaiswal C, Anderson K, Haesler E: A self-report of the Healer’s art by junior doctors: does the course have a lasting influence on personal experience of humanism, self-nurturing skills and medical counterculture? BMC Medical Education 2019, 19(1).

Dick ML, Henderson, M, Wei, Y, King, D, Anderson, K, Thistlethwaite, J: A systematic review of the approaches to multilevel learning in the general practice context, using a realist synthesis approach: BEME Guide No. 55. Medical Teacher 2019.

Anderson K, Thomson J. 2018 Building a community of learning in general practice. Textbook Cambridge Media. ISBN 978-0-6480097-7-1
Looi, J., Anderson, K J. Between SET and ASP: balancing the scales of student evaluation of teaching (SET) and teachers’ assessments of student performance (ASP) for medical school education in psychiatry. Australasian Psychiatry, Sage Journals, 2018.

Sturgiss E, Haesler E, Anderson K. General practice trainees face practice ownership with fear. Australian Health Review Jan 2016 AH15153
Anderson K, Haesler E, Stubbs A, Mollinari K. Comparing general practice and hospital rotations Clinical teacher 2015 Feb12(1) 8-13.

Rowse J, Anderson K, Phillips C, Chan B,  Adverse events associated with failure to use interpreters for non-English speaking patients 2014. Poster distributed through Department of Social Services.

Thomson J, Haesler E, Anderson K, Barnard A. What motivates general practitioners to teach? Clinical Teacher, 2014; 11:124-130 (Citations 2)

Thomson J, Anderson K, Haesler E, Barnard A, Glasgow, N. The learner's perspective in GP teaching practices with multi-level learners: a qualitative study. BMC Medical Education, 2014; 14:55

Sturgiss L, Anderson K, Liedvogel M, Haesler E. To own or not to own. How can we best educate general practice registrars about practice ownership? Australian Family Physician 2013 42: 503-506

Liedvogel M, Haesler E, Anderson K. Who will be running your practice in 10 years? Supporting GP registrars’ awareness and knowledge of practice ownership. Australian Family Physician 2013 42

Thomson J, Anderson K, Mara P, Stevenson A. Supervision — growing and building a sustainable general practice supervisor system. Medical Journal of Australia, 2011; 194(11):

Stocks N, Frank O, Linn A, Anderson K, Meertens S. Vertical integration of teaching in Australian general practice — a survey of regional training providers. Medical Journal of Australia, 2011; 194(11):S75-S78

Stevenson A, Phillips C, Anderson K. Resilience among doctors who work in challenging areas: a qualitative study. British Journal of General Practice, 2011; 61(588):e404-e410 (7)

Thomson J, Allan B, Anderson K, Kljakovic M GP interest in teaching junior doctors – does practice location, size and infrastructure matter? Australian Family Physician 2009; 38:

Anderson K, Thomson J Vertical integration: Reducing the load on GP teachers Australian Family Physician 2009; 38: 906-910.

Selected Conferences/Presentations

Wu B, Anderson K, Haesler E: Caring for myself and patients - the lived experience of doctors in training. In: 24th ANZ Prevocational Medical Education Forum. 27-30 QT Hotel, Canberra October 2019.

McKinnon D, Anderson K: “Feeling like a real doctor!” A longitudinal internship model in a rural town. 24th ANZ Prevocational Medical Education Forum.  Canberra, October 2019 2019.

Anderson K: Developing junior doctors into quality clinical educators of the future.  A unique pathway to Associate fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.  . In: Health Education Conference Advance HE Keele University UK, 2019

Andersson K, Thomson, J: Building a community of learning in general practice - Workshop In: RACGP - GP19 Adelaide Convention Centre, SA 2019.
Hu W, Chipchase L, Johnston K, Anderson K, Rudland J: Thrown in the Deep End: From clinician to educator. Plenary presentation  1-4 July 2019. Edited by National Convention Centre CA. ANZAHPE- Association of Health Professional Education Conference; 2019.

Dick M, ; Henderson, M; Wei, Y;  King, D;  Anderson, K; Thistlethwaite,  J.  Multi-level learning in general practice.  AMEE - Association for Medical Education Europe August 2019. Austria Centre Vienna, Vienna, Wien, Austria; 2019.

Anderson K: Developing the education skills of junior doctors. 24th ANZ Prevocational Medical Education Forum October 2019 2019.

Anderson K: Aussiewood Downunder! Using musical comedy to educate doctors.  Association for Medical Education Europe August 2019 - AMEE Austria Centre Vienna, Wien, Austria; 2019.

Gilritchie E, Threfall G., Haesler E, Anderson K. (2018). Developing a reference guide for junior doctors in the Australian Capital Territory on issues regarding bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination. 23rd Australian and New Zealand Prevocational Medical Education Forum 2018. Melbourne Convention Centre.

K., Anderson. (2018). Care, learning and assessment by the patient. How can we involve patients in contributing to junior doctor learning? 11-14 November 2018. Australia aand New Zealand Prevocational Medical Education Forum 2018. Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Anderson, K. (2018). Does empathy lead to burnout or is it protective of doctors in training as they progress? AMEE 2018. Congress Centre Basel, Switzerland.

Wu, B., Anderson, K., Haesler, E. (2017). Experiences of GP registrars on patient care and empathy: a phenomenological study. 2017 GPTEC International Convention Centre Sydney, NSW.

Phillips, C., Rowse, J., Anderson, K. (2017). The impacts of adversity: Understanding the complex social and psychological reasons for asylum seekers and refugees attendance at primary health care services. 1st Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference 2017. Sydney, Australia.

Anderson, K. (2017). Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) - what are they and is there a place for them in GP training? 2017 GPTEC. International Convention Centre, Sydney, NSW, no pub.

Anderson, K., Johnston, N. (2017). General Practitioners and residential care staff are the primary professionals looking after palliative care in the community. APCC17 - Australian Palliative Care Conference 2017. Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide SA 13.

Campbell-Scherer, D., Sturgiss, E., Luig, E., Anderson, K., Sharma, A. (2017). Improving obesity prevention and management in primary care:  the 5As Team Program Canadian Obesity Summit 2017 Banff Springs AB, Canada.

Anderson K, Rowse J, Phillips C, Chan B.   Presented at 6th Annual North American Refugee Health Conference, Niagara Falls, NY; 2016.

Anderson, K. (2016). Empowering students to become patient centred doctors.  An evaluation of the impact of the Healers Art course in an Australian Medical School. Ottawa Conference 2016. ANZAHPE - Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators, Perth Western Australia, 19-23 March 2016.

Anderson, K. (2016). Factors leading to the reduction in communication skills NSW Medical Education & Training Conference. SMC Conference and Function Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney NSW  2000.

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Email:  k.anderson@anu.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 5124 4951
Location:  Canberra Hospital, Bdg 4, Level 2, Garran ACT 2605
Centre:  Academic Unit of General Practice

Page last updated on: 16 Feb 2022