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Ian Anderson. Palawa

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Student and University Experience, University of Tasmania

Professor Ian Anderson is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student and University Experience) at The Australian National University since 2020

He was previously Deputy Secretary Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Deputy CEO National Indigenous Australian Agency.

In 2012, Professor Anderson joined the University of Melbourne's senior leadership team as Assistant Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Higher Education Policy) . At the University of Melbourne he occupied the University's foundation Chair for Indigenous Health and subsequently the University's foundation Chair for Higher Education.

Professor Anderson had chaired the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality Council since 2008 - 2012 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 Healthand education 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. Fellow Academy Social Sciences Australian. Fellow Academy of Health & Medical Sciences


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


Order of Australia