Dr Karen McPhail-Bell

BBehSc(Hons), PhD
Honorary Research Fellow
Poche Centre for Indigeneous Health


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Biographical details

Karen is a critical public health researcher, practitioner and educator who has made national and international contributions to health promotion and cross-cultural health research. Her interest lies in the operation of power in relation to people’s health. Karen facilitates strengths-based, reciprocal processes in support of community-controlled and Indigenous-led agendas. For her PhD, Karen collaborated with an Indigenous community controlled health organisation, which informed the development of a model for decolonising health promotion. She has over 15 years policy, research and program experience across academic, government and non-government roles inhealth promotion and equity, policy, advocacy, and international development. Karen is interdisciplinary and a broad thinker, committed to advancing collaborative action between governments, academia and community for an equitableand empowering health system.

Research interests

Strengths-based health promotion practice

Comprehensive primary health care

Qualitative research methods

Critical ethnography

Cross-cultural research

Health equity

Teaching and supervision

Health promotion and health equity

Qualitative research methodologies

Cross-cultural research

Participatory methodologies

Current projects

Addressing the gap between theory and practice: how do public health practitioners integrate knowledge and values into professional practice?

Evaluation of the Chinese Get Healthy Service pilot program (qualitative component)

Associations

Australian Health Promotion Association (Vice President, NSW)
Higher Education Academy
Public Health Association of Australia
People’s Health Movement
Golden Key Honour Society
Returned Australian Youth Ambassador for Development (2006-present)

Higher Education Academy – Associate Fellow (2015-present)
Australian Health Promotion Association (2000-present)
Public Health Association of Australia (2000-2005; 2011-present)
People’s Health Movement (2005-present)
Golden Key Honour Society (2000-present)
Returned Australian Youth Ambassador for Development (2006-present)
Higher Education Academy – Associate Fellow (2015-present)

Awards and honours

· Sydney Medical School Early Career Researcher Showcase - Runner-Up Best Presenter, University of Sydney (2017)

· Associate Fellowship, Higher Education Academy (AFHEA): ANU Educational Fellowship Scheme (one of 25 QUT-funded applications) (2015 - present)

· QUT Write Up Scholarship (August-November 2015)

·Population Health Congress Travel Grant. Australian Health Promotion Association. (2015)

·Grant in Aid International Travel Scholarship. Queensland University of Technology. (2013)

· Certificate of recognition of valuable contributions to teaching in 2012 to SWB104 and SWB109 (School of Public Health and Social Work, QUT) (2013)

· QUT Three Minute Thesis University Runner-Up Champion (2012)

· Faculty of Health, QUT, Three Minute Thesis Champion (2012)

· School of Public Health and Social Work, QUT, Three Minute Thesis Champion (2012)

· $5,000: School of Public Health Honours Scholarship: Outstanding Academic Achievement, GU (2002)

· Griffith Award for Academic Excellence (2002, 2000)

In the media

As climate change hits home in Kiribati, leaders ask, “What do you care about?” (2018)
As climate change hits home in Kiribati, leaders ask, “What do you care about?” (2018)As climate change hits home in Kiribati, leaders ask, “What do you care about?” (2018)

Challenging the health promotion sector to acknowledge and apologise for colonial practices (2017)

Dead or Deadly: Waminda women take health into their own hands (2016)

Host of Croakey's @WePublicHealth - more info here.

Deadly Choices: better ways of doing health promotion (2014)

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • McPhail-Bell, K., Nelson, A., Lacey, I., Fredericks, B., Bond, C., Brough, M. (2017). Using an Indigenist Framework for Decolonizing Health Promotion Research. In Pranee Liamputtong (Eds.), Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences, (pp. 1-20). Singapore: Springer. [More Information]

Journals

  • McPhail-Bell, K., Matthews, V., Bainbridge, R., Redman-MacLaren, M., Askew, D., Ramanathan, S., Bailie, J., Bailie, R. (2018). An "All Teach, All Learn" Approach to Research Capacity Strengthening in Indigenous Primary Health Care Continuous Quality Improvement. Frontiers in Public Health, 6, 1-10. [More Information]
  • McCalman, J., Bailie, R., Bainbridge, R., McPhail-Bell, K., Percival, N., Askew, D., Fagan, R., Tsey, K. (2018). Continuous Quality Improvement and Comprehensive Primary Health Care: A Systems Framework to Improve Service Quality and Health Outcomes. Frontiers in Public Health, 6, 1-6. [More Information]
  • McPhail-Bell, K., Appo, N., Haymes, A., Bond, C., Brough, M., Fredericks, B. (2018). Deadly Choices empowering Indigenous Australians through social networking sites. Health Promotion International, In Press, 1-11. [More Information]
  • Fredericks, B., Longbottom, M., McPhail-Bell, K., Worner, F., Board, W. (2017). "Dead or Deadly makes me feel healthy and fit": Findings from an Aboriginal women's health and wellbeing program within the Shoalhaven region of New South Wales. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 20(3), 44-62.
  • Ramanathan, S., Reeves, P., Deeming, S., Bailie, R., Bailie, J., Bainbridge, R., Cunningham, F., Doran, C., McPhail-Bell, K., Searles, A. (2017). Encouraging translation and assessing impact of the Centre for Research Excellence in Integrated Quality Improvement: rationale and protocol for a research impact assessment. BMJ Open, 7(12), 1-10. [More Information]
  • McPhail-Bell, K., Bond, C., Brough, M., Fredericks, B. (2015). 'We don't tell people what to do': Ethical practice and Indigenous health promotion. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 26(3), 195-199. [More Information]
  • McPhail-Bell, K., Fredericks, B., Brough, M. (2013). Beyond the accolades: A postcolonial critique of the foundations of the Ottawa Charter. Global Health Promotion, 20(2), 22-29. [More Information]

2018

  • McPhail-Bell, K., Matthews, V., Bainbridge, R., Redman-MacLaren, M., Askew, D., Ramanathan, S., Bailie, J., Bailie, R. (2018). An "All Teach, All Learn" Approach to Research Capacity Strengthening in Indigenous Primary Health Care Continuous Quality Improvement. Frontiers in Public Health, 6, 1-10. [More Information]
  • McCalman, J., Bailie, R., Bainbridge, R., McPhail-Bell, K., Percival, N., Askew, D., Fagan, R., Tsey, K. (2018). Continuous Quality Improvement and Comprehensive Primary Health Care: A Systems Framework to Improve Service Quality and Health Outcomes. Frontiers in Public Health, 6, 1-6. [More Information]
  • McPhail-Bell, K., Appo, N., Haymes, A., Bond, C., Brough, M., Fredericks, B. (2018). Deadly Choices empowering Indigenous Australians through social networking sites. Health Promotion International, In Press, 1-11. [More Information]

2017

  • Fredericks, B., Longbottom, M., McPhail-Bell, K., Worner, F., Board, W. (2017). "Dead or Deadly makes me feel healthy and fit": Findings from an Aboriginal women's health and wellbeing program within the Shoalhaven region of New South Wales. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 20(3), 44-62.
  • Ramanathan, S., Reeves, P., Deeming, S., Bailie, R., Bailie, J., Bainbridge, R., Cunningham, F., Doran, C., McPhail-Bell, K., Searles, A. (2017). Encouraging translation and assessing impact of the Centre for Research Excellence in Integrated Quality Improvement: rationale and protocol for a research impact assessment. BMJ Open, 7(12), 1-10. [More Information]
  • McPhail-Bell, K., Nelson, A., Lacey, I., Fredericks, B., Bond, C., Brough, M. (2017). Using an Indigenist Framework for Decolonizing Health Promotion Research. In Pranee Liamputtong (Eds.), Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences, (pp. 1-20). Singapore: Springer. [More Information]

2015

  • McPhail-Bell, K., Bond, C., Brough, M., Fredericks, B. (2015). 'We don't tell people what to do': Ethical practice and Indigenous health promotion. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 26(3), 195-199. [More Information]

2013

  • McPhail-Bell, K., Fredericks, B., Brough, M. (2013). Beyond the accolades: A postcolonial critique of the foundations of the Ottawa Charter. Global Health Promotion, 20(2), 22-29. [More Information]

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