Personal details

Dr Christina Malatzky
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, Sociology, Cultural Studies
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Doctor of Philosophy (Murdoch University)

Professional memberships
and associations

Member and Convenor of the Rural Issues thematic group of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)

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


Dr Christina Malatzky (PhD, BA (Hons)) is a Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Social Work and researcher within the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Faculty of Health.

Dr Malatzky is a feminist sociologist and qualitative researcher whose research focusses on the social and place-based dimensions of rural health workforce retention, and critical interrogations of power and discourse in the fields of rural health, and gender and health. She is Convenor of the Rural Issues thematic group of Australia’s national peak Association for Sociologists, The Australian Sociological Association, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has taught across multiple discipline areas including anthropology, sociology, developmental psychology, and public health. She is interested in the operations of power relations within rural health and health care, the cultures of health systems and services, and gender relations in health disciplines and health care systems.

This information has been contributed by Dr Christina Malatzky.


As a tertiary educator, I have experience teaching across a broad range of disciplines and year levels in face-to-face, online and blended modes. I have many years of experience teaching in large first year units in the fields of anthropology and sociology, developmental psychology, and academic learning skills. I have taught in second year units, co-managed a third-year undergraduate course, supervised medical students undertaking year-long empirical research projects, and taught qualitative research methods to graduate research students, health professionals and researchers from a diverse range of disciplines. I have also devised new courses and subjects and have facilitated teaching and learning workshops for health care providers across a broad range of subjects.

Currently, I teach:

PUB215 Public Health Practice

PUB416 Research Methods

This information has been contributed by Dr Christina Malatzky.



Prizes, honours and awards

  • 2014 -2018 Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Medical School, Department of Rural Health
  • 2012 Nominated Faculty of Arts Teaching and Learning Awards
  • Semester 1 & 2, 2011 Nominated Faculty of Arts Teaching and Learning Awards
  • 2010–2013 Murdoch University Research Studentship

Grants and consultancies

  • CI 1 Bourke, L., C1 2 Malatzky, C., CI 3 Mitchell, O., & CI 4 Farmer, J. (2017–2019). Increasing inclusion in rural, generalist health services. Discovery Project funded by the Australian Research Council $298,500.
  • Haines, H. & Malatzky, C. (2016–2017). CENTSable evaluation. Awarded by Women’s Health Goulburn North East $10,000.


Policy and community advice

As a qualitative sociologist, every research endeavour I lead or contribute to inherently involves engaging with the local community. In my current position, I have directly connected with several health organisations including: Primary Care Connect; Shepparton Medical Centre; Kyabram and District Health Services; The Mental Illness Fellowship; and Rumbarala Medical Service. I have also connected with community and youth organisations including: Rumbarala Co-Operative; the Ethnic Council, Shepparton; Kaiela; the Academy of Sport, Health and Education, and with several individual community members. In addition, I have sat on the Goulburn Valley headspace Consortium Advisory Committee as the Department of Rural Health’s representative, and regularly attend community events in and around the Greater Shepparton area on behalf of the Department.


Academic Leadership

2018                            Successfully attracted competitive funding from The Australian Sociological Association to host a symposium showcasing rural sociology.

2018–ongoing             Journal article reviewer for: International Journal for Equity in Health, Health & Social Care in the Community, Health: an interdisciplinary journal for the social study of health, illness and medicine, and the International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics.

2018                            Conference paper/abstract reviewer for: National (Australia) Rural Health Conference.

2018                            Developed new course (Specialist Certificate in Empowering Health in Aboriginal Communities and a Graduate Certificate in Aboriginal Health in Rural Communities) and subject proposals (‘Utilising knowledge in Aboriginal health’ and ‘Health projects in Aboriginal settings’) for the Department of Rural Health (The University of Melbourne).

2017 – ongoing           Journal article reviewer for: Health Sociology Review and Social Sciences.

2017 – ongoing           Rural Sociology Convenor, the Australian Sociological Association (TASA).

2016 – ongoing           Conference paper/abstract reviewer for: The Australian Sociological Association’s Annual Conference.

2016                            Developed the Goulburn-Murray Aboriginal Nursing Program in partnership with the Academy of Sport, Health and Education (ASHE).

I acted for the Department of Rural Health in negotiations with ASHE, developed supporting documentation for the proposal, liaised with relevant local registered training operators and La Trobe University staff, recruited and supervised academic staff for the program and provided direct academic support to students as and when needed.

2014–2016                  Member of the Department of Rural Health’s Human Ethics Advisory Group (HEAG)

I sat on the department’s HEAG as a general committee member, reviewing all minimal risk and standard project applications submitted by researchers in our local area. I have undergone training at Parkville for this role.

2014–2016/2018         The University of Melbourne representative on the Goulburn Valley headspace Consortium Advisory Committee

2014–2016                  Graduate Research Coordinator, Department of Rural Health

In this role, I was responsible for overseeing the endorsement and enrolment of all graduate research students into the Department of Rural Health, and students’ milestones and annual progress reports.

2014–2016                  Delivered qualitative research methods workshops to graduate research students, health professionals and colleagues from non-social science backgrounds.

2014–2016                  Postgraduate Portfolio Leader on the Australian Sociological Association’s Executive Committee. I have sat on the Executive Committee of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA), the peak professional body for sociologists in Australia, as the Postgraduate Portfolio Leader. In this position, I was responsible for liaising with, representing the views, and promoting the interests of all TASA’s postgraduate members, organising various events, including TASA’s annual Postgraduate Day, and assisting in the development of TASA’s overarching policies and practices. As a member of this committee, I performed various services to the discipline of Sociology, including sitting on the panel of the prestigious Jean Martin Award and establishing a new prize for Early Career Researchers (TASA Prize for the most distinguished peer-reviewed (MDP) article published by an Early Career Researcher).


Research Impact

In the sociology of gender, my research has focused on feminine and maternal bodies and identities and gendered relationships, including bodily ideals, body image, embodied maternal experience (including maternal health and experiences with medical professionals), discourses of femininity and mothering, constructions of maternal identities, disciplinary practices, family relationships and expectations, gender in the workplace, and social policy. I am also making a strong contribution to health sociology and rural and public health. This work focuses on discourses of rural health, power relations in rural health, the cultures of rural health services, inclusive health care practice, gender relations within medicine and the health system, and rurally-based racism, especially within health care services. Through my research practice, I have demonstrated an ability to work across several disciplinary fields, collaborate with scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds, and partner with a range of health and community services in research.


This information has been contributed by Dr Christina Malatzky.


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