Associate Professor Sophia Couzos is a public health physician and general practitioner with the College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University. She has 20 years experience working for both Aboriginal community-controlled health services (ACCHS’s) in remote Australia and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) based in Canberra. She has instigated and influenced a wide range of national policies, programs and research 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 editor and author of ‘Aboriginal Primary Health Care: An evidence-based Approach’ (3rd edition, published by Oxford University Press) shortlisted and highly commended in the Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing in 2008. She has led multicenter award-winning research, specializing in community-based participatory research, translating the research findings into programs that are in operation nation-wide.
She currently teaches undergraduate medical students as Module Coordinator (Ecology of Health) in the College of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University, and researcher with the Anton Breinl Centre for Health Systems Strengthening within the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine.