Dr Anna-Karenia Anderson was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, and qualified from Otago University in 1994. She worked there for two years before settling in the United Kingdom. She received her postgraduate paediatric training in and around London.
Dr Anderson has been in her current post for two years which is a joint position between The Royal Marsden and Shooting Star CHASE Children's Hospices. The post was initially funded by CLIC Sargent and was the first of its kind. Her work entails providing symptom and palliative care to children and young people with cancer or those referred to Shooting Star CHASE Hospice.
As part of her work, she established the PATCH service, an out-of-hours specialist telephone advice service for children with cancer receiving palliative care. Dr Anderson is an executive committee member of the Association of Paediatric Palliative Medicine (APPM) and coordinates the annual study day. She is also part of the Paediatric Palliative Care Formulary Group, which was the first formulary of its kind. She is also a sitting member of the MCRN pain and palliative care group to support and guide research in her specialist area.