Air pollution currently contributes to over 3000 premature and preventable deaths per year in Australia.* Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos AM will be speaking at this year’s Conference on Urban Air Pollution and its Impacting Effects on Human Health. Vicki will present some of the scientific evidence to describe how air pollutants, even in urban environments with exposures below accepted Government standards, can seriously harm human health and are a cause of a number of health conditions that commonly present to medical practitioners. She will also address solutions and how we can move forward to address air pollution. ACNEM President Dr Ron Ehrlich had a quick catch up with Vicki here to discuss some of what she will speaking about.
Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos AM
MBBS, FACNEM, FASLM, Awarded Hon Fellowship of the RACGP
Member of Doctors for the Environment Australia
Vicki is a respected holistic general practitioner with many years of clinical experience who emphasises the importance of lifestyle and preventative medicine with her patients. In June 2016, Vicki was awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in four categories: ‘significant service to integrative medicine, to health practitioner standards and regulations, to medical education, and to the environment’. In January 2017, Vicki was awarded an Australia Day Environmental Award by Bayside City Council, for “Recognising outstanding and long-term leadership, action, and advocacy for coastal and natural heritage protection in the City of Bayside, and generating community awareness of the value of our Bayside environment”. Vicki currently holds two adjunct Associate professorial positions at La Trobe University and Western Sydney University at NICM, and formerly at Monash University. She is a regular lecturer and has published numerous articles – she wrote a monthly 1 page column on Integrative Perspectives for Medical Observer from 1998-2019. This magazine circulated to over 30,000 Australian GPs. Vicki has also served on various federal and state government committees such as the Australian Drug Reaction Advisory Committee and the Complementary Medicines Evaluation Committee, Department of Health and Ageing, Therapeutics Goods Administration, Australian Federal Government. Dr Vicki is honored to have served and continuing to serve on the various government committees.