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Dr Christina Malatzky
Senior Lecturer
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
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Public Health and Health Services, Sociology, Cultural Studies
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Doctor of Philosophy (Murdoch University)

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

QUT Centre for Justice

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


Dr Christina Malatzky (PhD, BA (Hons)) is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Social Work and member of the QUT Centre for Justice.

Dr Malatzky is a feminist sociologist and qualitative researcher whose research critically interrogates power and social relations in the domains of gender and health, with specific expertise in rural health, and place dimensions of rural health workforce retention. 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 pertaining to First Nation health and facilitated teaching and learning workshops for health care providers across a broad range of subjects including identity politics, racism, White privilege, sameness and clinical neutrality.

Currently, I teach:

PUB215 Public Health Practice

PUB416 Research Methods

HLN707 Research Methods in Health

This information has been contributed by Dr Christina Malatzky.



Publications (peer-reviewed journal articles only)

Malatzky, C., Haines, H., & Glenister, K. (2020). Racism in a place of healthcare: The qualitative case of a rural Australian hospital. Journal of Community Medicine and Health Education, 10(3), 681. (Accepted 16 May; electronic link pending).

Malatzky, C., Mohamed Shaburdin, Z., & Bourke, L. (2020). Exploring the role-based challenges of providing culturally inclusive health care for maternal and child health nurses: qualitative findings. Nursing Open, 7(3), 822-831. doi: 10.1002/nop2.457

Malatzky, C., Cosgrave, C., & Gillespie, J. (2020). The utility of conceptualisations of place and belonging in workforce retention: A proposal for future rural health research. Health & Place, 62, doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.102279

Bourke, L., Malatzky, C., & Terry, D. (2019). Experiences of health care among refugee and asylum seeker residents in regional Victoria. Journal of Community Medicine and Health Education, 9(3), 658.

Cosgrave, C., Malatzky, C. & Gillespie, J. (2019). Social determinants of rural health workforce retention: A scoping review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(3), 314. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16030314

Malatzky, C. & Glenister, K. (2018). Talking about overweight and obesity in rural Australian General Practice. Health & Social Care in the Community, 27(6), 599-608. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12672

Malatzky, C., Mitchell, O., & Bourke, L. (2018). Improving inclusion in rural health services for marginalised community members: Developing a process for change. Journal of Social Inclusion, 9(1).

Malatzky, C., Nixon, R., Mitchell, O. & Bourke, L. (2018). Prioritising the cultural inclusivity of a rural mainstream health service for First Nation Australians: an analysis of discourse and power. Health Sociology Review, 27(3), 248-262. doi: 10.1080/14461242.2018.1474720

Malatzky, C. & Bourke, L. (2018). A different perspective on the key challenges facing rural health: The challenges of power and knowledge. The Australian Journal of Rural Health, 26(6), 436-440. doi: 10.1111/ajr.12436

Malatzky, C., Terry, D., Bourke, L., Ervin, K. & Glenister, K. (2018). Competing food consumption discourses and proper gendered behaviour among over 50s: are you really what you eat? Journal of Research for Consumers, 38.

Mitchell, O., Malatzky, C., Bourke, L., & Farmer, J. (2018). A modified continuous quality improvement (CQI) approach to improve culturally inclusive care within rural health services. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 26(3), 206-210. doi: 10.1111/ajr.12409

Terry, D., Quynh, L., Nguyen, H., & Malatzky, C. (2017). Misconceptions and devaluations of the Deaf: Giving voices to the voiceless. Health, Culture and Society, 9–10, 48–61. doi: 10.5195/hcs.2017.211

Glenister, K., Malatzky, C., & Wright, J. (2017). Barriers to effective conversations regarding overweight and obesity in regional Victoria. Australian family physician, 46(10), 769–773.

Bourke, L., Malatzky, C., Terry, D., Nixon, R., Ferguson, K., & Ferguson, P. (2017). Perspectives of Aboriginal issues among non-Aboriginal residents of rural Victorian communities. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 52(3), 278–293. doi: 10.1002/ajs4.16

Malatzky, C. (2017). Australian women’s complex engagement with the yummy mummy discourse and the bodily ideals of good motherhood. Women’s Studies International Forum, 62, 25–33. doi: 10.1016/j.wsif.2017.02.006

Malatzky, C., & Bourke, L. (2017). When the social meets health in rural Australia: Confronting the disconnect. Health Sociology Review, 26(2), 190–203. doi: 10.1080/14461242.2016.1275978

Malatzky, C. (2016). Abnormal mothers: Breastfeeding, governmentality and emotion amongst regional Australian women. Gender Issues, 34(4), 355–370. doi: 10.1007/s12147-016-9179-0

Malatzky, C., & Bourke, L. (2016). Re-producing rural health: Challenging dominant discourses and the manifestation of power. Journal of Rural Studies, 45, 157–164. doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.03.005

Malatzky, C. (2013). Don’t Shut Up: Australia’s first paid parental leave scheme and beyond. Australian Feminist Studies, 28(76), 195–211. doi: 10.1080/08164649.2013.789580

Malatzky, C. (2012). “I do hope that it’ll be maybe 80/20”: Equality in contemporary Australian marriages. M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture, 15(6).

Malatzky, C. (2011). “Keeping it real”: representations of postnatal bodies and opportunities for resistance and transformation. M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture, 14(6).

Grants and consultancies (externally funded only)

* CI 1 Mayes, R., CI 2 McDonald, P., Davies, J., Malatzky, C., & PI 1 Frederiksen, P. Achieving gender equality in STEMM hospital and health service research. Linkage Project funded by the Australian Research Council $652,93.

*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.


This information has been contributed by Dr Christina Malatzky.


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