Emeritus Professor Jennifer Reath


Emeritus Professor, School of Medicine


Jennifer Reath is an emeritus professor in the School of Medicine at Western Sydney University. Since her appointment to this role in 2010 she has recruited and led a team that has established a general practice teaching program across all years of the MB BS Program, attracted external research funding of $9.63M (including $6.341M to Western Sydney University), and built an international reputation for research in urban Aboriginal health and new models of health service delivery.

Professor Reath has worked for almost 30 years in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health including as a General Practitioner in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in both urban and rural Australia. She continues as a part-time General Practitioner at Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation. In recognition of her life long work in this area, Professor Reath was awarded the 2016 Associate Member of the Year by the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association.

Professor Reath has held a number of intersecting roles across General Practice and Indigenous Health. Prior to her appointment at Western Sydney she was Associate Professor of Indigenous Primary Health Care at the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health at the University of Sydney as well as GP Manager of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners' Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Unit.

Professor Reath is a member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Faculty (previously Deputy Chair and Chair of the Education Committee). She is also a member of the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Board (chairing their Health Care Quality Committee), the Clinical Council of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network, and the International Advisory Board of Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Nepal. Until 2017 Professor Reath was a member of Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council Human Research Ethics Committee.

Professor Reath's areas of research/teaching interest and expertise include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, Health service development and evaluation, Educational policy, Curriculum development and implementation, and Medical education in a developing world context.

Research Interests

  • Aboriginal Health
  • Health services development
  • Medical education
  • Primary health care

Boards/ Committees

  • Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
  • Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network Clinical Council

Qualifications and Recognition

  • MMed University of Sydney
  • MBBS University of Queensland
  • Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning to the Department of General Practice 2011-10-01

Research & Publications

Contact Details

Telephone+61 2 4620 3725 | +61 412 586 135
LocationBuilding 30, Campbelltown