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Sophia Couzos is a public health physician and general practitioner. She is currently undertaking work in a range of roles, including: Associate Professor of General Practice and Rural Medicine teaching undergraduate students with the College of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University; researcher with the Anton Breinl Centre for Health Systems Strengthening within the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine; Consultant Public Health Physician to the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council; and Policy and Advocacy Committee member of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Professor Couzos has over 20 years of experience working for Aboriginal community-controlled health services in remote Australia as well as the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation in Canberra. She spent 14 years working in remote Australia, with 7 years working as a general practitioner in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Over the years, Sophia has instigated and influenced a variety of national policies, programs and research initiatives towards achieving health equity for the Aboriginal population within the Australian health system. She has led the development of seminal clinical practice guidelines and is the editor and author of Aboriginal Primary Health Care: An evidence-based Approach in its 3rd edition and published by Oxford University Press.
Professor Couzos’s research interests include, medicines access; preventative health; health policy development; and analysis, implementation and evaluation relating to disadvantaged populations.