A/Professor Katrina Anderson

BMed(Newc), FRACGP, MTh

Katrina Anderson mugshot

Director of GP Education, Academic Unit of General Practice

Associate Professor ANU Medical School

Chair, 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 Chair of 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 also 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. 

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


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.

Conferences /Presentations

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. (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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ANU Medical



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: 7 May 2019