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Phyllis Lau

Senior Lecturer
chronic diseases
cultural appropriateness
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
primary health care
general & internal medicine
public, environmental & occupational health
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Phyllis Lau

Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
Primary Interest
Medication Adherence
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Phyllis Lau


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 training providers. Our engagement strategies include collaborating with international academics and healthcare researchers from Asia Pacific, conducting clinical and research workshops and exchanges with physicians in China and Hong Kong and conducting international observership programs in Melbourne for primary care practitioners from Asia Pacific. She is currently the honorary research adviser for Hong Kong Tuen Mun Hospital Family Medicine Department. Dr Lau holds active national advocacy and leadership roles. She is on the committee of the Victorian Research Network, a practice-based research network that engages with about 200 community GPs in Victoria. She is an elected executive committee member of the Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care (AAAPC) that advocates for high quality primary care research, education and practice. She is also a founding member of the Pharmacy Oral Health Alliance that advocates on a politically challenging platform for accessible oral health care through non-dental health professionals.


Displaying the 13 most recent projects by Phyllis Lau.



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Scholarly Works

Displaying the 41 most recent scholarly works by Phyllis Lau.



Senior Lecturer

General Practice


Melbourne School Of Professional And Continuing Education


PhD in Pharmacy Practice

Monash University

Bachelor in Pharmaceutical Science (Honours)

Monash University

Graduate Diploma in Drug Evaluation and Pharmaceutical Sciences

University of Melbourne

Bachelor in Pharmacy

Victorian College of Pharmacology