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Kathryn Woodward

Election Year: 2022

Election Constituency: Australia

Scholar Status: Scholar in Residence

Rhodes Identifier: Australia-at-Large & Lincoln 2022

Kathryn Woodward


Kathryn is a doctor, not-for-profit leader, and health advocate. She aims to improve population health by ensuring that health systems better adapt to patients and their communities.

Having overcome a cancer diagnosis as a teenager, Kathryn has built upon the foundation of her patient experience to develop the skills to advocate for others and think strategically about supporting the health of patients and communities.

Kathryn is currently Deputy Chair of the Board at Canteen, Australia’s leading youth cancer charity, and was a past Chair of the Board at the Australian Medical Students’ Association. She has also held senior positions in health advocacy with the Children’s Health Queensland and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia.

Professionally, Kathryn has worked as a doctor in a regional hospital in Queensland, Australia. After her studies at the University of Oxford, she hopes to return to rural and regional areas where communities face significant barriers to healthcare access.

As a Rhodes Scholar, Kathryn first studied a MSc in Applied Digital Health, from which she graduated with Distinction. She is now reading for a DPhil at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences where she is investigating the healthcare experiences of refugees resettled in rural and regional areas. Her wider interests include improving person- and community-centred care and addressing health inequities for marginalised groups.