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Rowena Christiansen

Medical Education Tutor, Doctor and Researcher, The University of Melbourne

Rowena is a tutor in the Department of Medical Education within the Melbourne Medical School. She also works as pre-hospital emergency medical response team doctor and is a basic and advanced life support instructor.

Her medical experience includes Registrar positions in Anaesthetics, Rural and Remote/Emergency Medicine, and Neonatal/Paediatrics (and some O&G training).

She has a strong interest in pre-hospital and wilderness medicine, and is passionate about medicine in extreme environments, especially aerospace medicine.

Rowena has a long-standing association with the Australian Ski Patrol Association (ASPA) as an educator and volunteer and is the Chair of the ASPA Medical Advisory Committee.

She is the RACGP representative on the national Australian Resuscitation Council and a Board member for the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM).

Rowena also serves on the Space Life Sciences Committee of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine and is Chair of the Associate Fellows Group, Aerospace Medical Association and the Informatics Committee lead.

In 2016 she was the Dux of the International Space University Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program.

In addition to her medical career, Rowena also has a wealth of experience as a lawyer, management consultant, and small business owner/operator.


  • 2018–present
    Chair, Aerospace Medical Association Associate Fellows Group
  • 2011–present
    Medical Education Tutor and Researcher, University of Melbourne
  • 2015–2018
    Medical Officer, Ormond College, University of Melbourne


    University of Melbourne, MB BS
    Aerospace Medical Association, Associate Fellow
    University of South Australia, Graduate Certificate in Space Studies
    Monash University, Master of Emergency Health
    Monash University, Graduate Diploma in Emergency Health
    Monash University, Graduate Certificate in Emergency Health
    University of Sydney, Diploma in Child Health
    Monash University, Australlian Certificate in Civil Aviation Medicine
    RMIT University, MBA
    University of Melbourne, Graduate Diploma in Education
    University of Melbourne, LLB
    University of Melbourne, BA Honours