Associate Professor Penny Abbott


Associate Professor | Department of General Practice, School of Medicine


Penny is an academic general practitioner with experience and interest in research which is important to primary care and the community and which promotes health equity. Particular areas of interest are the health and wellbeing of people involved with the justice system and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

She leads two multicentre NH&MRC clinical trials into the management of ear disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, run in partnership with a network of Aboriginal Medical Services in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Penny is in clinical practice within the women’s health stream of Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network (JHFMHN) and has worked as a GP in the Aboriginal community controlled health sector for over 20 years. She is a member of the Board of JHFMHN, the Chair of the Clinical Council of Western Sydney PHN, and the Chair of the Custodial Health Special Interest Group at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). She contributes in multiple committees and forums in the community in the areas of general practice, substance misuse, refugee health and prison health care.

Research Interests

  • The health and wellbeing of people involved with the justice system
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Primary care
  • Otitis media

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD Western Sydney University
  • MBBS Hons University of Sydney
  • MPH University of New South Wales
  • Churchill Fellow

Research & Publications

Contact Details
Telephone+61 2 4620 3560
LocationBuilding 30, Campbelltown