Andrew Markus Visiting Scholar
September - October 2023
Dr Isabel Hanson is a General Practitioner, primary care academic, and health policy advisor.
Isabel has dedicated her medical career to serving in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health settings across Cape York, the East Kimberley, and far western NSW. She possesses advanced skills in child and adolescent health, mental health, addiction medicine, and trauma-informed care. Isabel holds a Lecturer position at the University of Sydney, where her research interests encompass community health systems and health equity. In recognition of her contributions to medical education and Aboriginal health services, she received the RACGP National General Practitioner in Training of the Year Award in 2021.
Before embarking on her medical career, Isabel served as a strategic policy analyst in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. More recently, she held the role of Senior Policy Advisor at the Centre for Policy Development, focusing on early childhood development and health systems reform.
Isabel's commitment to community well-being extends beyond her professional roles. She has been a dedicated volunteer at Life for Koori Kids, a non-profit breakfast club supporting Aboriginal families, from 2009 to 2022. Currently, Isabel is pursuing a DPhil in Primary Care at Oxford University as an Australian General Sir John Monash Scholar and Rotary Scholar, with research funding support from the National Institute for Health Research in the UK.
Dr Isabel Hanson FRACGP MBBS BSC BA (Hons)