Christian Rowan

Dr Christian Andrew Carr Rowan (born 5 October 1972) is an Australian politician and Specialist Physician. He has been the Liberal National Party Member for Moggill in the Queensland Legislative Assembly since 2015.[1]

Dr. Christian Rowan

Shadow Minister for Communities, Shadow Minister for Disability Services and Seniors, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Shadow Minister for the Arts
Assumed office
15 December 2017
LeaderDeb Frecklington
Preceded byRos Bates (Communities, Disability Services and Seniors)
Steve Minnikin (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships)
Tim Nicholls (the Arts)
Shadow Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Shadow Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
In office
6 May 2016  15 December 2017
LeaderTim Nicholls
Preceded byStephen Bennett (Environment, Heritage Protection, National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef)
Succeeded byDavid Crisafulli (Environment, Science, the Great Barrier Reef and Tourism)
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Moggill
Assumed office
31 January 2015
Preceded byBruce Flegg
Personal details
Born (1972-10-05) 5 October 1972
Brisbane, Queensland
Political partyLiberal National Party
Spouse(s)Jane Louise Rowan
Children4 children
EducationUniversity of Queensland

Professional career

Dr Rowan is an Addiction Medicine Specialist[2][3] and an experienced Medical Administrator.[4]

Dr Rowan is a former President of both the Queensland branch of the Australian Medical Association[5][6] (2013-2014) and the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland (2006-2007).[7][8]

During his time as President of the AMA in Queensland, Dr Rowan advocated for: improving services to reduce the economic and associated health care costs of illicit drug use as well as alcohol dependency disorders; the development of private-public healthcare partnerships; and improving rural and regional health services.[9]

Dr Rowan was previously the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Uniting Care Health and Director of Medical Services at St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital. He has also worked as a Director of Medical Services and Medical Superintendent in rural and regional Queensland, predominantly in South-West Queensland but also on the Darling Downs.[10]

Dr Rowan was instrumental in the establishment of the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) as a part of the national medical education training framework, and he also served on the RVTS Board.[11]

He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians' Chapter of Addiction Medicine, the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Dr Rowan has also advocated about the growing public health problems of over-the-counter codeine misuse and the emergence of new synthetic drugs.[2]

Political career

Dr Rowan was first elected on 31 January 2015 in the seat of Moggill at the Queensland State Election defeating the then Labor candidate Louisa Pink with 58.2 per cent of the two-party preferred vote after preferences.[1] He was a Deputy Chair of the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee in the 55th Queensland Parliament.[12] Dr Rowan is a conservative and in the centre right of the Liberal-National Party.

He has spoken publicly about defending the right of democratic free speech. Dr Rowan is a former Shadow Minister for Environment & Heritage Protection and a previous Shadow Minister for National Parks & the Great Barrier Reef. In 2015 Dr Rowan called for a public debate on capital punishment for terrorism related offences in Australia.[13]

Following the Queensland state election held on 25 November 2017, Dr Rowan was appointed the Shadow Minister for Communities, the Shadow Minister for Disability Services & Seniors, the Shadow Minister for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and the Shadow Minister for the Arts. In 2018 Dr Rowan opposed termination of pregnancy law reform in Queensland arguing that the legislation had significant flaws, including inadequate coercion and domestic violence protections.

Early life and education

Dr Rowan was born in Brisbane, Australia. He completed his secondary education at the Anglican Church Grammar School in East Brisbane. He received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from The University of Queensland in 1996. He attained a Master of Diplomacy & Trade from Monash University in 2002.


  1. Green, Antony. "Moggill". Queensland Election 2015. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  2. Scott, Leisa (31 August 2013). "Codeine addiction a growing problem". QWeekend The Courier Mail.
  3. "Dr Christian Rowan, The Wesley Hospital". The Wesley Hospital.
  4. "New Brisbane service to help tackle pain and pharmaceutical dependence". St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital. 2 September 2014.
  5. "AMA Queensland President Calls for Better Access to Drug Therapy". AMA Queensland. 9 July 2013.
  6. Fraser, Kelmeny. "AMA state president Dr Christian Rowan accuses own organisation of being 'extreme, left-wing'". The Courier Mail, 12 April 2014.
  7. "Foreign-trained doctor numbers up in rural areas". ABC Online. 3 July 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  8. Donaghey, Kathleen (31 August 2006). "GP wants maternity units open". The Chronicle.
  9. Vonow, Brittany (14 June 2013). "Health cuts open Queenslanders to new infectious disease threats". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  10. "Inaugural Speech, Christian Rowan" (PDF). Queensland Parliament, Record of Proceedings. 27 March 2015.
  11. "Rural Vocational Training Scheme April Newsletter". Remote Vocational Training Scheme Ltd. April 2008.
  12. "Queensland Parliament, Dr Christian Rowan".
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Bruce Flegg
Member for Moggill
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