- Dr Julie King
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 *
- Social Work, Anthropology, Public Health and Health Services
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- Identifiers and profiles
PhD, Master of Public Health (Tropical Health) (Queensland University of Technology)
- Professional memberships
Human rights, International development, Disability, Gender, Inclusive disaster risk management, People from refugee backgrounds, International health, Cross-cultural studies
Before joining the academy Dr King was a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Manager in the areas of opthalmology, disability, rehabilitation and palliative care. Her Master of Public Health (Tropical Health) from UQ was awarded the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine Medal and a Dean’s commendation for academic excellence. She also has a PhD in medical anthropology from QUT. Dr King is a medical anthropologist with a strong interest in disability and gender in low and middle income countries. She takes a human rights and inclusive development approach to working in numerous countries in the Asia-Pacific and Africa. She has worked and researched in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Fiji and Tanzania in the areas of disability, human rights and gender.
Throughout her career, Dr King led the design and development of many Department of Defence and Trade Australia Award Fellowships, including the 2017 development of a framework for inclusive disaster management in Nepal. This Fellowship program supported the development of an inclusive disaster management framework to improve the extent and integration of inclusive practices in disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.
In 2013, Dr King led a team in the development of a gender-mainstreaming training manual for the Ministry of Health in Fiji.
Dr King teaches in the areas of human rights, disability, international social work and research methods. She supervises HDR students both domestic and international with a focus on cross-cultural research and international field work. She has supervised students from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Solomon Islands and Vietnam. She also supervises social work students on professional placement overseas. Interests
- Disability in low and middle income countries
- Gender issues in low and middle income countries including violence, trafficking and human rights
- Inclusive development practice
- Inclusive/community-based disaster management
- Access and sustainable transport for persons with disability, especially in low and middle income countries
- International health
- Refugee health, in particular disability and chronic health issues
- International social work
Dr King is committed to inclusive teaching practices and has been working with the Academic Language and Learning Support team to ensure support for students from CaLD and international backgrounds. She is also interested in virtual simulated learning environments.
In 2011, Dr King won a QUT Teaching and Learning Grant to develop animations around disability in global and local contexts with Creative Industries. She co-ordinates and teaches into:
- SWB105 Introduction to Human Rights and Ethics
- SWB306 People, Community and Disability
- SWB312 International Social Work
- SWN001 Planning, literacy and Research
- She also supervises social work students doing international professional placements through PUB875
Dr King also specialises in customised short courses which have been undertaken for Australia Award Fellowship training or have been delivered overseas for government and non-government agencies, including in Tanzania and Cambodia. All customised courses are developed to be context specific and address the needs and learning styles of the participants. Topics include:
- Disability and disability inclusive development
- Access and inclusion
- Inclusive disaster risk management
Mental Health First Aid
Introduction to Disaster Management
Countries of work experience
Professional experience (with particular reference to tender requirements)
2010-Present – Coordinator International Engagement (Social Work and Human Services)/Lecturer, School of Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology
Led the design and delivery of the following DFAT Australia Award Fellowships
- Developing a Framework for Inclusive Disaster Management in Nepal, 2017
This Fellowship program supported the development of an inclusive disaster management framework to improve the extent and integration of inclusive practices in disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.
- Twin-Tracked Approach to Reproductive and Child/Maternal Health for Women with Disability in Ghana, 2017
This Fellowship program brought together leaderships and people with disabilities from both government and non-government sectors at both national and sub-national levels to develop an understanding of the twin-tracked approach to reproductive and child/maternal health for women with disability in Ghana.
- Building the Capacity of the Cancer Council in Public Health Management in Mongolia, 2017
This Fellowship program focused on understanding the causes of cancer, prevention programs, cancer control programs, policy formulation, advocacy, empowerment and networking.
- Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response in Bhutan, 2016
This Fellowship program provided enhanced training on prevention and intervention, community engagement, working with victims of violence and integrated response team models to enhance collaboration between key stakeholders and improve service delivery.
- Establishing a Disability Resource and Development Centre in the Philippines, 2015
This Fellowship program developed a framework on the establishment of a national disability resource centre as the lead in providing capacity building programs for disabled people’s organisations in the Philippines.
- Developing a Framework on Inclusive Disaster Management in the Solomon Islands, 2015
This Fellowship program assisted the Solomon Islands in combating inequality on the grounds of disability by mainstreaming disability issues in disaster management, by looking at models and practices as well as a warning system.
- Improving Disaster Preparedness and Response through Enhanced Community Engagement in Pakistan, 2014
This Fellowship program brought together leaders from Pakistan’s Ministry of Interior National Crisis Management Cell to be trained in policy development, strategic planning, community engagement, and the importance of incorporating disability, gender and youth issues into the disaster cycle.
- Sector Wide Approach to the Implementation of Rights-Based Inclusive Development in Cambodia, 2014
This Fellowship program brought together key personnel from Cambodia’s leading disabled people’s organisations and public sector institutes to promote opportunities for all through development of a sector-wide approach to disability-inclusive development.
- Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in the Maldives, 2014
This Fellowship program examined disaster and emergency preparedness and looked at ways in mitigation, preparedness, planning, coordination, response, early warning, relief and reconstruction/rehabilitation could be integrated and multi-sectoral.
- Formulating a Framework on Inclusive Disaster Management in the Philippines, 2014
This Fellowship program looked at practical models and methods for incorporating the needs and concerns of people with disabilities, with regards to safety and security in times of disasters, into a framework for local government units.
- Women and Disability in East and West Africa, 2014
This Fellowship Program focused on the promotion of rights of women and girls with disabilities, through policy development, advocacy, networking, monitoring and evaluation, and program documentation.
Led the design and delivery of the following DFAT funded program
- Gender Mainstreaming and Social Inclusion Training Package in Fiji, 2013
Development of a gender mainstreaming training manual and training materials, training of trainers and workshops for Ministry of Health employees in middle management positions.
Consulting and engagement activities
- Working with Handicap International in Cambodia on the development of a disability/road safety audit tool to measure inclusion and access (with a focus on gender), and associated training materials.
- Developing a network of international collaborators in the area of disability in low and middle income countries with focus on inclusion, gender, human rights, policy and implementation.
- Developing teaching environments and learning materials for different learning styles with students from CaLD backgrounds
- Developed a gender-training package and delivered training to Handicap International and local staff in Cambodia.
- Developed and delivered a training package for the Women and Children’s Disability Network in Tanzania
- Developed short training packages for visiting practitioners, students and academics from China
- Developed and delivered training to Disability Action Council (Cambodian Governement 2015 and 2017): Disability concepts, social inclusion, gender, monitoring and evaluation, human rights frameworks and report writing
- Harris N, Miles D, Howard E, Zuchowski I, King JA, Ayudhaya PD, Jones P, Francis A, Gopalkrishnan N, Puthantharayil G, (2017) International student exchange in Australian social work education, Australian Social Work p1-12
- Zuchowski I, Gopalkrishnan N, King JA, Francis A, (2017) Reciprocity in international student exchange: Challenges posed by neo-colonialism and the dominance of the Western voice, Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work p77-87
- Anaman J, Correa-Velez I, King JA, (2016) A survey of cervical screening among refugee and non-refugee African immigrant women in Brisbane, Australia, Health Promotion Journal of Australia p1-8
- King JA, Edwards NS, Correa-Velez I, Hair SA, Fordyce M, (2016) Disadvantage and disability: Experiences of people from refugee backgrounds with disability living in Australia, Disability and the Global South (DGS) p843-864
- Veal DM, King JA, Marston GJ, (2016) Enhancing the social dimension of development: Interconnecting the Capability Approach and applied knowledge of social workers, International Social Work p1-13
- Anaman J, Correa-Velez I, King JA, (2016) Knowledge adequacy on cervical cancer among African refugee and non-refugee women in Brisbane, Australia, Journal of Cancer Education p1-8
- King JA, Edwards NS, Correa-Velez I, Darracott RM, Fordyce M, (2016) Restrictive practices on refugees in Australia with intellectual disability and challenging behaviours: a family's story, Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities p222-232
- King JA, King MJ, Hair SA, (2015) Disability due to road traffic crashes and the management of road safety in developing countries, World Transport Policy and Practice p56-63
- King JA, Brough MK, Knox MF, (2014) Negotiating disability and colonisation: the lived experience of Indigenous Australians with a disability, Disability and Society p738-750
- King J, King M, (2011) The lived experience of families living with spinal cord disability in Northeast Thailand, Third World Quarterly: journal of emerging areas p1475-1491
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.
Awards and recognition
- Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
- Reference year
- Awarded the Austrasian College of Tropical Medicine Medal for overall performance in Master of Public Health (Tropical Health)
- Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
- Reference year
- Dean's commendation for performance in Master of Public Health (Tropical Health)
Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)
- International Social Work Student Exchange: Facilitating Good Practice in Australia and the Asia-Pacific
- Primary fund type
- CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
- Project ID
- Start year
- Curriculum Design; International Student Exchange; Internationalisation; Social Work; Social Work Education
Completed supervisions (Doctorate)
- Developing Effective Policies to Reduce Disability from Road Crashes in Cambodia (2017)
- A Transformative Journey of Cultural Recovery: Te Ao Maori (2016)
- Barriers to and Facilitators of Cervical Screening Practice among African Immigrant Women from Refugee and Non-Refugee Backgrounds Living in Brisbane (2016)