Dr Judith Dean

Senior Research Fellow

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine
j.dean4@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 64876

Overview

Dr Judith Dean, a Registered Nurse/Midwife with 25-year clinical and research experience in Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV and other BBV, is a Senior Research Fellow within the STI, HIV, and other BBV Research Hub at The University of Queensland, Australia.

Prior to joining UQ as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2015, Judith held a joint appointment for 14 years between Griffith University School of Nursing and Midwifery where she held the title of Griffith Graduate Sexual Health Program Convenor and Queensland Health whereas the State Nurse Educator for Queensland Sexual Health and HIV Services she was responsible for state-wide coordination and development of clinical practice standards and professional development programs for specialist advanced practice nurses working in sexual health and HIV.

Judith has extensive educational and clinical expertise in sexual and reproductive health, HIV, and women’s health in a diverse range of national and international environments. Before moving into sexual health and HIV education and research, she worked clinically as a midwife and in health service development and management in a range of locations in Australia and overseas . This includes over 5 years experience working in the Northern Territory as a Midwife and remote area nurse along with two years with International Committee of Red Cross in settings such as South Sudan and Afghanistan developing midwifery training programs and models of care for women and their familes experiencing conflict and displacement.

Her research focuses on priority ‘at risk’ populations using mixed methods and longitudinal qualitative community-based participatory approaches. She is currently leading projects exploring innovative models of HIV Self-testing dissemination, access to peer-led Molecular point of care STI testing, transgender care and syphilis in pregnancy. In 2014 she completed her Doctor of Philosophy titled Sexual health knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of Queensland Sudanese communities. From 2016 to 2019, she was the co-ordinating CI on the Queensland PrEP Demonstration Monitoring and Evaluation study and is currently an investigator on projects exploring the experiences of newly diagnosed PLHIV including implementation of a Peer Navigation program and access to SRH care for gender and sexually diverse young people in Queensland. She has a strong background working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, gender and sexually diverse young people, and the LGBTIQ+ community.

Research Interests

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV and other BBV
  • Health and the wellbeing of priority populations and people experiencing marginalisation
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples Migrant and refugee health and working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities LGBTIQ+ community Gender and sexually diverse young people,
  • Mixed methods and longitudinal qualitative research
    Focus on social determinants of health
  • Community-based participatory research with embedded co-design approaches
    Judith works closely with community, service providers and her research partners to make sure her research is community driven and translates directly into practice and service development. She advocates strongly for research that addresses health inequalities and facilitate equitable access to appropriate accessible services for all Queenslanders.

Research Impacts

I am a member of a multidisciplinary research team focused on developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative models of sexual and reproductive health and HIV care and prevention. My research is designed in partnership with community to reduce HIV and STI prevalence and addresses health inequalities by facilitating equitable access to appropriate accessible SRH and HIV services for all Queenslanders. I am currently leading projects exploring innovative models of HIV Self-testing dissemination and access to peer-led Molecular POC STI testing that has led to standardisation of these services for infrequent and on-testers. My research into syphilis in pregnancy and access to women-centred termination of pregnancy care is addressing key contemporary areas of policy reform and need. In partnership with a wider range of research and community partners I am also an investigator on projects exploring the experiences of newly diagnosed PLHIV including implementation of a Peer Navigation program and the use of quality improvement indicators to improve access to and uptake of STI testing among urban Indigenous peoples. I have a strong background working with community organisations and key government stakeholders and policy makers to ensure my research is community driven by key partners organisation. My research has had direct service provision and policy impact on the SRH of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, sex workers, gender and sexually diverse young people, and the LGBTIQ+ community.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith.
  • Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, James Cook University
  • Bachelor of Nursing, University of Southern Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor