Pro Vice Chancellor (Engagement), University of Melbourne

Professor Ian Anderson is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) and foundation chair for Indigenous Higher Education at the University of Melbourne.

From 2009-2014 he was the Director of Murrup Barak - Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development in the Melbourne Students and Learning Division.

In 2012, Professor Anderson joined the University's senior leadership team as Assistant Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Higher Education Policy) . He had previosuly occupied the University's foundation Chair for Indigenous Health.

Professor Anderson has chaired the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality Council since 2008 and in 2012 was appointed as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Council.

Professor Anderson's background is in medicine and social sciences and he worked in Aboriginal Health for more than 30 years as a health worker, educator, general practitioner, policy maker and academic. He has written widely on widely Indigenous health and development and maintains an active research portfolio.

His family are Palawa Trowerna from the Pyemairrenner mob in Tasmania which includes Trawlwoolway and Plairmairrenner and related clans

Professor Anderson's qualification include: MBBS (University of Melbourne), PhD (La Trobe University), DMedSci honoris causa (University of Melbourne), Fellow Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.


  • 2014–present
    Pro Vice Chancellor (Engagement), University of Melbourne