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Psych: Gregory Phillips


Gregory Phillips is from the /Waanyi /and /Jaru /Aboriginal peoples and comes from Mount Isa in North West Queensland. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Aboriginal Studies and Government at The University of Queensland (UQ) in 1994, including a one year exchange to California State University, Sacramento, USA. He then worked in Aboriginal education, youth leadership, land rights, healing and addictions in Alice Springs, Burketown, Brisbane and Cairns. He completed a masters degree in medical science (medical anthropology) by research at UQ in 2001. His thesis, /Addictions and Healing in Aboriginal Country/, passed with no corrections, made the Dean's Excellence list, and was published as a book by Aboriginal Studies Press in 2003.

Research Interests

  • Aboriginal healing, culture and spirituality
  • Addictions
  • Post-traumatic stress syndromes
  • Indigenous research sciences and methodologies 
  • Medical and health sciences education
  • Indigenous health workforce policy

Awards and Commendations

  • Dean's Excellence List, The University of Queensland, 2001
  • RN Hammon Science Prize, UQ, 1998-2000
  • UQ Graduate School Travel Awards, 1999
  • NH&MRC Research Training Scholarship for Aboriginal Health 1998-1999
  • Deans's Honor List, California State University, Sacramento, USA, 1993


Phillips, G. 2007. Healing and Public Policy. In Altman, J. and Hinkson, M. (Eds) /Coercive Reconciliation: Stabilise, Normalise, Exit Aboriginal Australia/. North Carlton: Arena Publications. 

Mackean, T, R. Mokak, A. Carmichael, GL. Phillips, D. Prideaux, T. Walters. 2007. Reform in Australian medical schools: a collaborative approach to realising Indigenous health potential.  /Medical Journal of Australia/. 186 (10): 544-546

Phillips, G. 2005. “Relationships, Respect and Responsibility”: Cultural Safety and Ensuring Quality Curriculum for Indigenous Health in Medical Education. In Australian Universities Quality 
Forum Proceedings. Sydney: AUQA Occasional Paper Number 5. Pp131-135. 

Phillips, G. 2005. Indigenous Australian Young Peoples: The Winds of Change. In Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils. /Youth in Transition./ Canberra: Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. Pp 110-118. 

Phillips, G. 2004./ CDAMS Indigenous Health Curriculum Framework/, Melbourne: VicHealth Koori Health Research and Community Development Unit, The University of Melbourne. 

Phillips, G. 2004./ National Audit and Consultations Report/ - CDAMS Indigenous Health Curriculum Development Project. Melbourne: VicHealth Koori Health Research and Community Development Unit, The University of Melbourne.

Phillips, G. 2003./ Addictions and Healing in Aboriginal Country/, Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Phillips, G. 2001. Addictions and Healing in Aboriginal Country, /Drugs in Society/, Summer.

Conference Presentations

‘What is Healing?’ /and/ ‘Moving Forward: Strategic Directions for Healing and Public Policy in Australia’. /National Indigenous Healing Forum, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, September 2008

‘Alcohol, Trauma and Aboriginal Australia’. /National Drug Research Institute and Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Services Seminar, Perth, November 2007

‘Healing in Aboriginal Men’s Health’, /South West Indigenous Family Violence Dinner, Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-operative, Warnnambool, November 2007

‘Healing, Cultural Safety and the Criminal Justice System’/, 3rd National Indigenous Justice CEOs Forum, Brisbane, November 2007

‘Health Care Workers and their Emotional Coping Skills’/, 5th Healing Our Spirit Worldwide, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, August 2006//

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