President 2023 - 2025

Associate Professor Karen Flegg (Australia)

Dr Karen Flegg is a family doctor from Australia, who has practiced mostly in rural and very remote areas.  Most recently she has been working in Central Australia with Australia’s first nations peoples.  

She is an Associate Professor in the Rural Clinical School, of the Australian National University.  Karen has been actively involved as an educator in both undergraduate and postgraduate specialty training for general practice for over 20 years.  Teaching and mentoring the next generation of specialised general practitioners is an ongoing passion.

Karen is well known to WONCA members, having served as WONCA Editor for 10 years, until December 2020.  She has also served on WONCA Executive, as a Member-at-large, from 2013 to 2018.  She has served on the boards of directors of numerous medical / general practice organisations, often taking on roles relating to finance, audit or governance and bylaws. She has obtained the Fellowship of three WONCA Member Organisations – the Royal Australian College of GPs, the Royal New Zealand College of GPs and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. 

Clinically, Karen has a strong interest in Aboriginal Health, women’s health, and has worked part time for many years in breast clinics and also a sexual assault crisis service. Geriatrics is another favoured part of her clinical work as she enjoys interacting with the older generation and working with them for best outcomes. 

A/Professor Karen Flegg was appointed as WONCA President on the 28th of October 2023, during the awards Ceremony at the WONCA World Conference held in Sydney, Australia.

Read the full press release HERE. 

For more detailed information please see her Featured Doctor profile

President 2023 - 2025