DR Phyllis Lau

DR Phyllis Lau


  • Electronic data linkage
  • Indigenous health (cultural appropriateness)
  • Medication adherence (diabetes)
  • Primary health care (chronic diseases)



  • Dr Lau is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of General Practice, The University of Melbourne. She is the Deputy Lead of the Ageing, Chronic Disease and Equity Research Group and an active member of the Department Research and Research Training Committees. She also undertakes a substantial leadership role as the Research Higher Degrees (RHD) Co-ordinator and has a strong reputation as a dedicated and successful supervisor. Dr Lau plays a major role in developing community links via her work as a committee member of VicReN (the practice based research network that engages with over 100 community GPs to undertake primary care research). She also holds active National leadership roles via her elected executive committee membership of the Australasian Association for Academic Primary Care. Dr Lau has achieved an overall research income including NHMRC project grants and fellowship grants and awards of almost A$2.7 million. She is a Chief Investigator in 10 of 11 funded projects and the primary investigator in 6. She is developing a national reputation for her work on cultural sensitivity in health care and enhancing the capacity of mainstream general practice to meet the needs of culturally diverse groups and Indigenous people.She currently holds NHMRC funding to conduct a randomised controlled trial to test the effectiveness of a service improvement intervention program in general practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients in Melbourne and Sydney. She has also been funded by state health organisations and departments to develop, deliver and evaluate a teaching and learning program. She has been instrumental in operationalising this communication training program in the University of Melbourne Doctor of Medicine curriculum. As of 2016, the Cultural Respect Encompassing Simulation Training (CREST) program will transition to a self-funded entity   


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Education and training

  • PhD, Monash University 2004
  • B PharmSci (Hons), Monash University 1998
  • GDip Drug Eval Pharm Sci, University of Melbourne 1996
  • B Pharm, Victorian College of Pharmacology 1985



Available for supervision

  • Y