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Associate Professor Ignacio Correa-Velez

Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work

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Name
Associate Professor Ignacio Correa-Velez
Position(s)
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Public Health and Social Work - HDHS
Discipline *
Public Health and Health Services
Phone
+61 7 3138 5882
Fax
+61 7 3138 5880
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

PhD Population Health (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations

Refugee Health Network of Australia (RHeaNA)

Keywords

Cross-cultural research, Health inequalities, Human rights, Mental health, Migrant health, Refugee health, Social determinants of health

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Ignacio Correa-Velez is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health, Queensland Institute of Technology.

Associate Professor Correa-Velez completed his PhD in Population Health (University of Queensland) in 2004. He has a MBBS (Universidad Javeriana, Colombia) and a Postgraduate Degree in Family Medicine and Community Health (Universidad del Valle, Colombia).

Between 2004 and 2011, Associate Professor Correa-Velez was Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the La Trobe Refugee Research Centre (La Trobe University, Melbourne). In 2006 he was awarded a NHMRC Postdoctoral Public Health (Australia) Fellowship (2006-10).

Since joining QUT in 2012, he has been dedicated to research that helps improve the mental and physical health, and supports the successful settlement of refugees and migrants.

Associate Professor Correa-Velez’s research foregrounds the social determinants of health, especially as this applies to migrant and refugee communities. Using mixed and cross-cultural methods, his research focuses on the health, wellbeing and settlement of migrants and refugees.

Associate Professor Correa-Velez has received over 1.7 million in national competitive grants and funding as chief investigator, including a recent ARC Linkage Project grant to develop a best practice model for settlement services for refugee women-at-risk. He has published over 60 journal articles, book chapters and reports.

In 2016 he was invited to speak at the “Addressing health vulnerabilities of migrants in large migration flows” – Inter-regional roundtable discussion held by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and International Organization for Migration (IOM), Geneva, Switzerland.

In 2017, Associate Professor Correa-Velez was appointed to the Queensland Government Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee.

Research interests Refugee/migrant health

Health inequalities

Social determinants of health

Mental health

Human rights

Impact of environmental disasters on marginalised communities

Cross-cultural research

Key Past Appointments

  •  Feb 2012 – Aug 2014

Senior Lecturer & Public Health Discipline Coordinator

School of Public Health and Social Work

Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

  • Sept 2011 – Jan 2012

A/National Manager Research

Research and Social Policy Unit

Mission Australia (National Position located at QLD State Office)

  • July 2011 – Jan 2012

Senior Research Officer

Research and Social Policy Unit

Mission Australia (National Position located at QLD State Office)

  •  Apr 2014 – June 2011

Deputy Director and Research Fellow

La Trobe Refugee Research Centre, La Trobe University, Melbourne

  •  Oct 2006 – Oct 2010

NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

La Trobe Refugee Research Centre, La Trobe University, Melbourne

  • 2003-2004

Senior Research Assistant

Centre for Primary Health Care

School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane

  •  2002-2003

Project Co-ordinator

Multicultural Community Development in Mental Health Project – Stage One

Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre (Queensland Health) and Multicultural Centre for Mental Health and well-being Inc, Brisbane

  •  1995-1996
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Ignacio Correa-Velez.

Teaching

Current Teaching Activities

Queensland University of Technology – Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Social Work: Public Health Practice; Chronic Conditions Prevention and Management; Public Health Research; Health, Culture and Society; International Health; Contemporary Human Rights; Socio-cultural Context of Professional Practice.

Postgraduate Supervision

PhD completions:

Dr Yusuf Sheikh Omar; Integration from Youth Perspectives: A comparative Study of Young Somali Men in Melbourne and Minneapolis; La Trobe University, 2011 (Associate Supervisor)

Dr Judith Akworkor Anaman; Barriers to and facilitators of cervical screening practice among African immigrant women from refugee and non-refugee backgrounds living in Brisbane; Queensland University of Technology, 2016 (Principal Supervisor)

Dr Fatmah Al Solami; Factors affecting antihypertensive medications adherence among hypertensive patients attending a general hospital in Jeddah city, Saudi Arabia; Queensland University of Technology, 2016 (Associate Supervisor)

Dr Gilles Forget; Being a father in my new society: A phenomenological study of the migration journey of fathers of refugee backgrounds living in South-East Queensland, Australia; Queensland University of Technology, 2017 (Principal Supervisor)

Currently principal supervisor of two PhD and one Professional Doctorate (Doctor of Health Science) candidates; associate supervisor of two PhD candidates; School of Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Ignacio Correa-Velez.

Experience

Community Activity

2007 – Present AMPARO Advocacy Inc – Brisbane. Member of the Management Committee (AMPARO advocates for people from a non-English speaking background who have a disability)

Committee Memberships

2017 – Present Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee, Queensland Government – Member

2016 – Present Refugee Health Partnership Advisory Group Queensland – Member

2012 – Present Building a New Life in Australia: Longitudinal Survey of Humanitarian Migrants, Department of Immigration and Citizenship (2012-2014); Department of Social Services (2014 – present) – Member of the Technical Advisory Group

2009 – Present Refugee Health Network Australia (RHeaNA) – Network member.

2009 – 2010  Participatory evaluation of the Refugee Maternity Service, Mater Mothers Hospital, Brisbane – Member of the steering committee.

2009 – 2010 Interpreting and Cultural Responsiveness Project, Mater Health Services, Brisbane. Member of the steering committee.

2009 – 2010 Refugees and Primary Health Project, Mater/UQ Centre for Primary Health Care Innovation, Brisbane. Member of the management and evaluation committees.

2009 – 2010 Refugee Health Queensland, Queensland Health and Mater Health Services, Brisbane. Member of the State-wide Advisory Committee.

2008  Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (Foundation House) – Research Sub-committee

2007 – 2008 Development of a best practice model of maternity care to African women – Reference Group. Mater Mother’s Hospital, Brisbane

2006  Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health Network – Advisory Committee, Melbourne

2005-2006  Higher Degrees (Research) Committee, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne.

2004-2006  Multicultural Issues Network, Whittlesea Community Connections, City of Whittlesea, Victoria.

Assessor of Research Grant Applications

Australian Research Council (ARC), 2006 – Present

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2013 – 2014

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC), 2010

Healthway (Western Australia Health Promotion Foundation), 2007 – 2008

Editorial and Peer Review Activities

PLOS ONE Academic Editor (2014 – present)

Peer reviewer for: Social Science  & Medicine; Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health Scandinavian Journal of Psychology; Journal of International Migration and Integration; Australian Psychologist; Australian Health Review; Journal of Public Health; Journal of Family Studies; Disaster Prevention and Management; Journal of Refugee Studies; Journal of Adolescence; BMC Health Services Research; Progress in Community Health Partnerships (John Hopkins University Press); Australian Journal of Primary Health; BMC Australian and New Zealand Health Policy; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; BMC Public Health; Women & Health; BMC International Health & Human Rights; Youth Studies Australia; British Medical Journal (BMJ Publishing Group); BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Journal of Psychosomatic Research; Just Policy: A Journal of Australian Social Policy; Australian Journal of Human Rights; Clinical Evidence (BMJ Publishing Group).

Consultancies

2013  Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA) and Beyondblue – Beyond Barriers

Project, Brisbane. A desktop analysis of the successful engagement of working-age men from

culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds around depression and anxiety.

2011 Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT),

Brisbane. Investigating suicide and self-harm behaviours among young people from refugee

backgrounds

2009 – 2011 Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT), Brisbane. Evaluation of Nexus 2009-11: A suicide prevention program for refugee youth

2009 – 2010 Mater Mothers Hospital (MMH), Brisbane. Evaluation of the Mater Mothers’ Hospital Refugee Antenatal Clinic

2008 Mater Mothers Hospital (MMH), Brisbane. Training of bicultural research assistants interviewing African refugee women who birth at the Mater Mothers Hospital.

2007 – 2009 Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT), Brisbane. Evaluation of Nexus 2007-09: A suicide prevention program for refugee youth

2007 – 2008 Mater Mothers Hospital (MMH), Brisbane. Developing a best practice model for refugee antenatal care.

2007 Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT), Queensland. Academic critique of the “Draft Framework for Evaluating FASSTT Community Development Projects”.

2006  Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture, Victoria. Quantitative analysis of the Klassroom Kaleidoscope Program.

2005 – 2006 Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture, Victoria. Development of training modules on refugee health for undergraduate medical students.

2005 Department of Human Services, Victoria. Home and community care needs of refugee elderly in Victoria.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Ignacio Correa-Velez.

Publications

For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Developing Best Practice for Settlement Services for Refugee Women-at-Risk
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP140100609
Start year
2014
Keywords
Refugee Women; Health And Wellbeing; Settlement
Title
Becoming at home: the good starts for refugee youth cohort, transition to early adulthood and settlement outcomes
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP120101579
Start year
2012
Keywords
Title
Displaced twice? Investigating the impact of the Queensland floods on the wellbeing and settlement of a cohort of men from refugee backgrounds living in Brisbane and Toowoomba
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
1027856
Start year
2012
Keywords