Associate Professor Penny Abbott is passionate about health care. Penny is an academic general practitioner with experience and interest in research which is important to primary care and the community and which promotes health equity. Penny’s particular areas of interest are the health and wellbeing of people involved with the justice system and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Penny has a PhD from Western Sydney University, an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Sydney, a Masters of Public Health from University of New South Wales. Penny is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.Penny leads two multicentre NH&MRC clinical trials into the management of ear disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, run in partnership with a network of Aboriginal Medical Services in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Penny is in clinical practice within the women’s health stream of Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network (JHFMHN) and has worked as a GP in the Aboriginal community-controlled health sector for over 20 years. She is a member of the Board of JHFMHN, the Chair of the Clinical Council of Western Sydney PHN, and the Chair of the Custodial Health Special Interest Group at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). She contributes in multiple committees and forums in the community in the areas of general practice, substance misuse, refugee health and prison health care.

Project

To research access to primary health care for people in contact with the criminal justice system

To research access to primary health care for people in contact with the criminal justice system

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Penelope Abbott

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