Dr Katie Brooker

Research Fellow/Senior Research off

Mater Research Institute-UQ
Faculty of Medicine
k.brooker1@uq.edu.au
+61 7 3163 1983

Overview

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

Qualifications

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

Publications

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Available Projects

  • People with intellectual disability experience significant health disparity and engage in less preventive health actions than the general population. Practice nurses are now common in general practice and are an untapped resource for building capacity in intellectual disability health in primary care. We will deliver an intervention which includes (i) specialised intellectual disability nurse support, (ii) training for practice nurses to deliver the CHAP annual health assessment tool, (iii) an online primary care education package; and (iv) online resources. A cluster-randomised trial design will be used to evaluate the evidence for improved preventive health outcomes including vaccinations, metabolic syndrome screening and cancer screening in people with intellectual disability aged 15 years and over.

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Publications

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

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • People with intellectual disability experience significant health disparity and engage in less preventive health actions than the general population. Practice nurses are now common in general practice and are an untapped resource for building capacity in intellectual disability health in primary care. We will deliver an intervention which includes (i) specialised intellectual disability nurse support, (ii) training for practice nurses to deliver the CHAP annual health assessment tool, (iii) an online primary care education package; and (iv) online resources. A cluster-randomised trial design will be used to evaluate the evidence for improved preventive health outcomes including vaccinations, metabolic syndrome screening and cancer screening in people with intellectual disability aged 15 years and over.