Meet Kerryn

Dr Kerryn Phelps AM MP

MBBS (Sydney), FRACGP, FAMA, Hon D Litt (UWS)

I am proud to be the Federal Independent Member for Wentworth, a voice of reason and a voice you can trust.

I am genuinely independent - a true centrist committed to economically responsible and socially progressive policies to create a better future for all Australians. I am not beholden to petty internal party politics, and I take a common sense approach to solving problems as I engage and listen to the people of Wentworth.

I am a doctor, businesswoman, health communicator, public health and civil rights advocate, author and media commentator.

I was elected to the Council of the City of Sydney in 2016 and was Deputy Lord Mayor from 2016 to 2017. As a city Councillor I bring a deep understanding of the interests of residents and businesses and the importance of creating and preserving environments that promote healthy communities.  

I understand what it takes to raise a family, contribute time and energy to community service, manage a mortgage, take risks to invest in a business and my future and balance a busy lifestyle.

For 30 years I have been committed to elevating health literacy as a pioneer in health media across multiple media platforms, educating people how to live healthier lives.

I was honoured to be the first female President of the Australian Medical Association, during this time I forged a solution to the looming medical indemnity crisis, enabled changes to medical workforce policy, encouraged the development of the first AMA indigenous health report card and initiated the organisation’s first health policies on complementary medicine, and on sexuality and gender diversity.

I have been the health columnist for the Australian Women’s Weekly for 25 years and has authored six health books including a textbook of general practice. These publications build on mainstream medicine while challenging health professions and patients to think more expansively about solutions to health problems, a concept known as integrative medicine, literally “integrating” multiple healthcare philosophies.

I have also been at the forefront of the struggle for LGBTQI inclusion and equality for two decades. Meeting with Prime Ministers, government Ministers, politicians and religious and business leaders, police and armed forces to advance the cause of equality, diversity and inclusion. I was extremely proud to have made a contribution with so many people when marriage equality was finally achieved in December 2017.

I remain committed to teaching the next generation of doctors as Conjoint Professor at University of New South Wales Faculty of Medicine and in the National Institute of Complementary Medicine at Western Sydney University. I am also an Ambassador for Barnardo’s child protection work, a Patron of ACON’s Pride in Health+Wellbeing program, an ambassador for the Pinnacle Foundation, and a Patron of “Wear It Purple”, supporting LGBTQI youth.

I welcome feedback from all constituents at any time, because together we are better. Let's do politics differently.