LGBTQ Icons: Kerryn Phelps – a power player in Australia
Kerryn Phelps has been at the forefront of Australian life for decades.
Beginning her career as a medical practitioner, Phelps was the first woman to be elected president of the Australian Medical Association. Articulate and personable, Phelps was regularly featured on Australian television, sharing her advice and opinions.
In 2003, Phelps was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to health and medicine, and in 2011, she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to medicine, particularly through leadership roles with the AMA, education and community health, and as a general practitioner.
The move into politics began when Phelps was elected to the Council of the City of Sydney in 2016. In 2018, Phelps stood as an Independent and was elected as the Federal Member of Parliament to represent the electorate of Wentworth – one of Sydney’s most affluent suburbs. However, in the following General Election, the Liberal re-took the seat.
It’s not clear where Phelps’ career will take her next, but we can assume that she won’t be out of the public eye for long.