DR Phyllis Lau

DR Phyllis Lau


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  • Indigenous health (cultural appropriateness)
  • Medication adherence (diabetes)
  • Primary health care (chronic diseases)



  • Dr Lau is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of General Practice, The University of Melbourne. She is the Deputy Lead of the Diabetes & Cardiometabolic Conditions Research Group. She has extensive experience in Indigenous health research and lead the Indigenous health theme in this group. She has been awarded several research grants over the years including National health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project grants and fellowship grants and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) awards. She is or has been a Chief Investigator in 15 funded projects and the primary investigator in 9. She is an active member of the Research and Research Training Committees which make strategic decisions for the Department of General Practice. She is also the Department's Research Higher Degree (RHD) coordinator overseeing the progress of over 30 RHD students. Dr Lau has a national reputation for her work on cultural sensitivity in health care and enhancing the capacity of general practice to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culturally and linguistically diverse groups. She is the Director of the Cultural Respect Encompassing Simulation Training (CREST) program, an innovative teaching and learning program that provides training in cultural sensitivity in communication. Over 10,000 health professional students and practitioners have participated in this program in the 4 years since its inception. In a period of just 15 months, Dr Lau has led CREST's successful transition from a funded project to a commercial product. Dr Lau is also the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences China Program Lead in Primary Care with the responsibility of developing a program of engagement and collaboration with our primary care counterparts in China. She works with the Faculty's China Program Team and International Engagement Office to promote international engagement and to establish our department as academic primary care   


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Education and training

  • PhD, Monash University 2004
  • B PharmSci (Hons), Monash University 1998
  • GDip Drug Eval Pharm Sci, University of Melbourne 1996
  • B Pharm, Victorian College of Pharmacology 1985



Available for supervision

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