Associate Professor Karen Zwi is the Consultant Community Paediatrician and Head of the Department of Community Child Health at Sydney Children’s Hospital, as well as Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales. She is also a Clinical Director of the Community, Ambulatory, Rehabilitation, Population Health and Allied Health Directorate.
Karen matriculated from KDHSL in 1982 and then went on to study medicine at Wits University where she achieved many accolades. She has been centrally involved in service development for refugee children in South Eastern Sydney and the Illawarra, and represents Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network on the Refugee Health Plan Implementation Group, led by the NSW Ministry of Health.
As a practicing Community Paediatrician, she aims to improve children’s health, wellbeing and development, with a focus on equity and highly vulnerable children.
For Karen the teachers at King David who had the most impact on her thinking were Debbie Aarons (English) and Mr Lowry (History). They taught her the lifelong lesson of keeping alive the passion of critical thinking, evaluating whether values are being upheld and advocating for justice and fairness in all circumstances. These principles guide her to this very day.