Dr Jo Durham

Lecturer (Health and Development)

School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine
m.durham@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 55341

Overview

Prior to becoming an academic I was a Country Program Director and advisor in international development in organisations such as the UN Development Programme, UNICEF and the Ministry of Labour Social Welfare, Laos. My role was to help improve the lives of those whose health and livelihoods were damaged by war. Increasingly, I was asked to evaluate programs and to show that what we did worked. With a desire to provide the highest quality evidence base for such important work so that it could inform other programs, I came to academia.

Now as a teacher, researcher and evaluator at the University of Queensland, I bring this background to my work with governments, development agencies and communities to find practical solutions for reducing health inequities. I am particularly interested in working collaboratively with all stakeholders to find innovative solutions to complex or “wicked” problems in global public health that are often considered just “too hard”. Some of my partners in research and practice include the University of Health Sciences, Laos (Lao PDR), the UN Development Programme, European Union National Office, Laos, MANA Community Mentoring and the Ethnic Communities Council Queensland.

I bring my real-world, contemporary experience into my coordination of the Health and Development and Health Aspects of Disasters courses in the Masters of Public Health (Global). The focus of my teaching in these courses is to link practice with theory to address current global health issues, such as universal health care, chronic diseases, food security and injuries and disability as a result of violent conflict. I am as equally passionate about reducing health inequality as I am about helping to equip the next generation of evidence-based practitioners with the skills they will need to continue this necessary work.​

Research Interests

  • Migrant and minority access to health and health outcomes
  • Environment, place and health
  • Using communication for social change and health
  • Maternal and sexual health
  • Health and disasters
  • Realist methodology (Realist Evaluation, Research & Synthesis) to improve knowledge production in the fields public health and health services using mixed methods
  • Studying Participatory Research (academic – community collaborative research)

Research Impacts

Through research and evaluation Jo’s work is contributing towards evidence based policy-making and program planning in mine action and in the lives of those recovering from violent conflict. Her work is also contributing to improving to reducing inequalities in access to services, especially in the Lao PDR

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - International Health, Curtin University
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, The University of Queensland
  • Graduate certificate in Research Commercialisation, Curtin University
  • Master of International Health, Curtin University
  • Master of Arts, University of Leicester
  • Diploma in Human Resource Management, University of Leicester
  • Diploma in the Teaching of English as a Foreign La, University of Cambridge

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Schubert Lisa, Durham Jo and Vaughan Lisa (2015). Moving systems thinking from the abstract to the concrete in Public Health practice. In: Population Health Congress 2015, Hobart , Australia, (). 6-9 September 2015.

  • Durham, J., Vaughan, L. and Schubert, L. (2015). Towards a programme theory in the application of systems thinking to complex public health issues. In: Abstracts of the 9th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health. 9th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health, Basel, Switzerland, (99-100). 6-10 September 2015. doi:10.1111/tmi.12575

  • Bains, Amara and Durham, Jo (2013). Community-based organisations: developing organisational resilience to build back better. In: Martin Hall, Dilanthi Amaratunga, Richard Haigh, Bingu Ingirige, Kaushal Keraminiyage, Udayangani Kulatunga and Chaminda Pathirage, International Conference on Building Resilience 2013: Book of Abstracts. 2013 3rd International Conference on Building Resilience, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka, (1-12). 17-19 September, 2013.

  • Durham, J., Michael, M., Hill, P. S. and Pavignani, E. (2013). Haiti and the health marketplace: the results are perishable. In: Abstracts of the 8th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health and 5th Conference of the Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology. 8th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health and 5th Conference of the Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology, Copenhagen, Denmark, (89-89). 01-13 September 2013. doi:10.1111/tmi.12162

  • Durham, J., Fielding, A. and White, R. (2013). Social capital and collective resilience following mine clearance: the case of Kurdish Iraq. In: Martin Hall, Dilanthi Amaratunga, Richard Haigh, Bingu Ingirige, Kaushal Keraminiyage, Udayangani Kulatunga and Chaminda Pathirage, International Conference on Building Resilience 2013: Book of Abstracts. 2013 3rd International Conference on Building Resilience, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka, (1-15). 17-19 September, 2013.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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