Associate Professor Katrina Anderson

Director of GP Education, Academic Unit of General Practice, ACT Health Directorate
Associate Professor, ANU School of Medicine and Psychology
Member, Canberra Region Medical Education Council
Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Dr Katrina Anderson is Associate Professor, Academic Unit of General Practice, ANU Medical School 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 Medical School 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 ANU Medical School. 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; and the RACGP General Practitioner of the Year 2018 - NSW/ACT.


  • General Practice

Research interests

  • Supervisor education and training
  • Junior doctor education
  • Refugee health
  • Patient centred medicine and compassionate care
  • Doctor’s health and professional development

Peer-reviewed Publications

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.