Dr Katie Brooker

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Mater Research Institute-UQ
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 3163 1983


Katie is a health and disability researcher. She did an undergraduate degree in health sciences. Though this, she gained the language and understanding of the social determinants of health, providing the framework to contextualise the health disparities she had witnessed growing up. Her passion for research was fostered when she did a research project in intellectual disability during her last semester. After learning about the significant health gap experienced by people with intellectual disability, she was motivated to make a change. Seeing that researchers were the people making the most difference, she went on to do her PhD. Her postdoctoral research focuses on working with people with intellectual disability and autistic people to improve the way healthcare is delivered to them.

Katie is woking on the EASY-Health project which aims to improve access to mainstream hospital services for people with intellectual and developmental disability. This position is with the Mater Intellectual Disability and Autism Service (MIDAS) at Mater Research.

Katie also holds a UQ Research Stimulus Fellowship and is continuing herprimary care research to improve healthcare experiences for Autistic adults. This position is with the Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability (QCIDD) at Mater Research Institute-UQ.

Research Interests

  • Disability and health
  • Inclusive research methodologies
  • Health services research


  • Bachelor Health Sciences, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honors), The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Mutch, Allyson, Young, Charlotte, Smith, Neville, van Dooren, Kate, Ranatunga, Cassandra, Gillan, Cathie, Brooker, Katie, Fowler, Greg and Fitzgerald, Lisa (2017). Flipping a collaborative classroom to gain deeper understanding of the Health System. The flipped classroom: practice and practices in higher education. (pp. 257-271) Singapore, Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-3413-8_16

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