Dr Catherine Mackenzie

Academic Status

College of Medicine and Public Health

Research expertise

Catherine Mackenzie is an experienced qualitative reseacher with a particular interest in the nexus between theory and method development. In recent years she has been developing participatory methods (e.g. using interactive maps and emoji) to improve participant engagement and interaction with the research topic.

Research expertise

Catherine Mackenzie is an experienced qualitative reseacher with a particular interest in the nexus between theory and method development. In recent years she has been developing participatory methods (e.g. using interactive maps and emoji) to improve participant engagement and interaction with the research topic.

place Flinders Medical Centre (342SSS)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Catherine's academic background includes the disciplines of anthropology, politics and public health. Her overarching research interest is in using social science research to inform cross-sectoral policy and practice. Her specific research interests include the experience of people living in regional, rural and remote areas; the experience of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Australia; the community service sector; women's health; cancer survivorship; and social determinants of health.

Catherine is currently a Research Fellow in the Australian Alliance of Social Enterprise at the University of South Australia. Previously, she worked as a reseacher on projects in the Southgate Institute from 2009-2014 and in the College of Business, Government and Law 2016-2019.

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, 2010, Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, Flinders University

Thesis title: Mothers, breast cancer survivorship and physical activity promotion. Using feminist and critical theories, the thesis explored how women diagnosed with breast cancer while mothers of dependent children respond to information about health benefits of regular physical activity participation.

BA (Hons), University of Adelaide, 2000
Thesis title: Childbirth, choice and culture: The politics of birth in South Australia. The thesis critiqued the 1999 Senate Inquiry into Childbirth Procedures and the resultant report Rocking the Cradle: A report into Childbirth Procedures.

BA (Anthropology major), University of Adelaide, 1998

Registered Nurse Certificate, St Andrew's Hospital, 1989

Research expertise
Public health and health services
Research interests

My overarching research interest is in inequities and how these may be addressed by social policy.

My general research interests include:

  • the experiences of people from refugee backgrounds,
  • women's health,
  • cancer survivorship in social context,
  • relationships between work and health,
  • theorising the body,
  • critical analyses of health promotion practices,
  • exploring novel research methods.

I am particularly interested in:

  • the experiences of young people from refugee backgrounds living in Australia,
  • women's experiences of breast cancer in the context of their everyday lives,
  • the impacts of family and domestic violence on women and children,
  • ways in which different types of work (paid and unpaid) promotes health and/or contributes to ill health,
  • people's responses to health promotion messages.
Teaching interests

My teaching interests include critical perspectives on public health, health promotion, community services, experiences of cancer survivorship, women's health and gender relations, effects of domestic violence on women and children, social determinants of health, impacts of work on health, impacts of health on workforce participation and experiences.

I am an experienced problem based learning tutor, currently teaching in the Master of Speech Pathology. Previously, I worked as a problem based learning tutor in the Graduate Entry Medical Program.

Topic lecturer
SPTH9125 Master of Speech Pathology
MMED8203 Second Year Medicine PBL Knowledge of Health and Illness
MMED8103 First Year Medicine PBL Knowledge of Health and Illness
Supervisory interests
Breast cancer, lay theory
Cancer risk perception
Cancer survivorship
Community development
Health promotion
Public health
Qualitative research
Social determinants of health (SDH)
Women's health
Young women living with breast cancer
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Associate supervisor: Cancer experiences (1), Media and Domestic Violence (1)
Completion
Associate supervisor: Cancer experiences and information needs (1)
Publications

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