Doctor I-Hao Cheng

Honorary Burnet Institute Fellow


Dr Cheng is a leader in migrant, refugee and asylum seeker health in Australia. He has an in-depth knowledge of refugee and asylum seeker health care issues and multi-sector stakeholder relationships. He is an accomplished program manager, researcher and clinician with advanced skills in population health needs assessment and planning, health service delivery, health sector integration, workforce education and training, community engagement, health promotion, stakeholder management, policy advocacy, research and evaluation. His work has resulted in improvements in the delivery of health care to refugees and asylum seekers across Australia.


  • 2018 Honorary Burnet Institute Fellow
  • 2015-17 Public Health Registrar, Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute.
  • 2012-15 Refugee Health Program Manager, South East Melbourne Medicare Local.
  • 2009-11 Refugee Health Program Coordinator, Dandenong Casey General Practice Association.
  • 2008-09 Refugee Health Program Coordinator, Dandenong District Division of General Practice.
  • 2013-15 Adjunct Research Fellow, Southern Academic Primary Care Research Unit - Monash University, South Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local, Monash Health.
  • 2009-13 Research Fellow, Southern Academic Primary Care Research Unit - Monash University, South Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local, South Eastern Health Providers Association, Monash Health.
  • 2009 Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development Fellow, Monash University, Foundation House, Department of Health and Ageing.
  • 2008-12 Sessional Lecturer, Public Health in Complex Disaster Settings (Refugee Health), Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University.
  • 2009-11 Lecturer, General Practice, Department of General Practice, Monash University.
  • 2004-15 General Practitioner, Hill Medical Services, Noble Park; Langton Medical Centre, Dandenong; CDM St Damian Medical Clinic, Dandenong; Dandenong Hospital Refugee Health Service, Southern Health; Dandenong Asylum Seekers GP Clinic.
  • 2001-04 General Practice Registrar, Station Street Clinic, Pakenham; Parkridge Medical Centre, Rowville; Princess Medical Centre, Balga, WA.
  • 2000-01 Hospital Medical Officer, Royal Perth Hospital, Swan District Hospital, Charles Gairdner Hospital & Joondulup Health Campus, WA.
  • 1999 Hospital Intern, Royal Darwin Hospital, NT.


  • Refugee Health Network of Australia, Executive Committee, 2009-15.
  • Victorian Refugee Health Network, Advisory Group, 2009-15.
  • Refugee Health Research Consortium, 2009-15.


  • 2008: MPH (International Health), Monash University, Australia
  • 2004: FRACGP, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Australia
  • 1998: MBBS, University of Melbourne, Australia


  • 2014: Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Awards, Improving Mental Wellbeing, Highly Commended
  • 2014: Victorian Minister for Health, Volunteer Awards, Outstanding Team Achievement
  • 2011: HESTA National Primary Health Care Awards, Individual Distinction Finalist
  • 2009: Victorian Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development Conference, Best presentation (equal)
  • 2007: Monash University and Burnet Institute, Edelmira Peregrino Go Award, International Public Health Student of the Year (equal)
  • 2005: Victorian Consortium for Public Health and Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, Prize in Social and Cultural Perspectives in Public Health

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