Professor Ian Anderson

Professor Ian Anderson is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student and University Experience) at the Australian National University. He is a Palawa man from Tasmania’s northwest coast with traditional ties to country known as Tebrakunna.

His career has primarily focused on Indigenous health and education. In 1989 Ian graduated as a clinical doctor before he attained his PhD in Sociology and Anthropology in 2006.
Ian’s background includes the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service as an Aboriginal health worker, doctor, CEO and board member and a Medical Adviser to the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health in the Department of Health and Aged Care. In 2017 Ian was appointed Deputy Secretary of Indigenous Affairs, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. This closely followed by Deputy CEO, National Indigenous Australians Agency. At the University of Melbourne Ian held appointments as Foundation Chair of Indigenous Health, Assistant Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Higher Education Policy, and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement).

Professor Anderson’s senior appointments include Director of Research, Lowitja Institute and Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health; Chair, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality Council; Council Member, National Health and Medical Research Council and Co-Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Council.
In 2017 Ian was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the Indigenous community, in health equality, aged care and education. In 2018 he was appointed a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Fellow of the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.