About

Informed by over 30 years of clinical practice, teaching and research in regional, remote and disadvantaged communities within Australia and the Asia Pacific, Felicity is strongly committed to educating a socially accountable health workforce who can contribute effectively to low resource communities within the tropics. This commitment is reflected in her JCU Excellence awards, citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and Australian Award for University Teaching excellence. 

Felicity has applied a broad interprofessional focus to teaching and research roles across disciplinary boundaries and campuses while working with social sciences, Indigenous health, education, health sciences, public health, medicine and dentistry.  Currently, as an Adjunct Associate Professor, Felicity actively engages in JCU research and teaching roles and continues with health-related consultancy work.

She completed Education Honours (1st class; 1994), which focused on nursing curricula, followed by a multidisciplinary PhD project that explored rural and remote maternity services (2007).  Career highlights include being a founding academic in both Nursing Sciences and Dental Surgery at JCU, contributing to remote Indigenous public health research, establishing international clinical placements for Dentistry, developing a successful dentistry capstone year and enabling young dental researchers to succeed. 

Current projects build on the award winning Dentists and Domestic Violence – Recognise Respond and Refer initiative with a focus on collaboratively developing resources that develop dentists’ capacity to respond appropriately to domestic violence and provide trauma informed care.  

As a founding academic in Dentistry, she has contributed to curriculum development, implementation and evaluation of the program leading to full accreditation (2013). She has successfully initiated and managed 19 domestic and 8 international dentistry placements.  Ongoing projects include rural oral health, dental graduate outcomes, and developing student dentists’ ability to provide oral health promotion and respond to medical emergencies.

Felicity is a former member of the Cairns and Hinterland Health and Hospital Board (2013-2016).  She has twice been appointed to the Regional Development Australia (FNQ & Torres) Board, served on the Cairns Hospital Ethics Committee for 13 years and continues to contribute to rural and remote health organisations.  

Previously, Felicity successfully managed completion of the NHMRC Longitudinal Indigenous Health project (2008).  She contributed to Queensland’s rural and remote training and chronic disease initiatives as a regional project leader (2007-2010). Subsequent consultancies have prepared Aboriginal health services for accreditation and reviewed health workforce planning in the Northern Territory (2009-2010). With Latrobe and JCU colleagues, she collaboratively implemented the NHMRC partnership project focussed on Engaging Rural Communities in Oral Health (2013-2017). While Associate Dean Teaching and Learning (2010 – 2014) she contributed to Faculty / DTHM performance during a period of significant policy changes and higher education reforms.  She was selected to represent JCU in Beijing (1995) and coordinating the Swedish rural exchange program (1996-1997).

Teaching
  • DS3101: Introduction to Clinical Dentistry (Level 3; CNS)
  • DS4101: Clinical Dentistry 2 (Level 4; CNS)
  • DS4102: Clinical Dentistry 3 (Level 4; CNS)
  • DS5101: Clinical Practice 1 (Comprehensive Oral Care) (Level 5; CNS)
  • DS5102: Clinical Practice 2 (Comprehensive Oral Care) (Level 5; CNS)
Interests
Research
  • oral health, rural and remote health, health workforce, dentistry, domestic violence, curriculum development, women's health, nursing, midwifery
Teaching
  • rural and remote health, health promotion, clinical experiences, research, ethics, oral health, Indigenous health, qualitative research, lifespan development
Research Disciplines
Honours
Awards
  • 2019 - Australian Award for University Teaching (AAUT). Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.
  • 2018 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - DTHM Citation
  • 2018 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - JCU Overall Winner
  • 2016 - JCU Award for Excellence in recognition of outstanding achievement - Rural Engaging Communities in Oral Health project
  • 2016 - JCU Award for Excellence in recognition of outstanding achievement - Cross Unit Collaboration - integration of domestic violence content into curriculum
  • 2016 - Teaching and Learning Quick Start Grant : Dr Karen Carlisle, Dr Felicity Croker and Prof Sarah Larkins
  • 2015 - Inclusive Practice Award JCU 2015 In recognition of exceptional support for students with a disability
Memberships
  • 2001 to 2020 - CRANAPlus
  • 2017 to 2019 - JCU Academic Board member: Engagement role
  • 2013 to 2019 - JCU-CHHHS Joint Inter-Professional Planning Committee for Education, Training & Research
  • 2017 to 2018 - National Rural Health Alliance: Friends Advisory Committee; Queensland Representative
  • 2016 - Optimising Indigenous Health, Invited member, Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland.
  • 2013 to 2016 - Cairns and Hinterland Health and Hospital Service Board, Queensland Health, Cairns
  • 2013 to 2016 - Chair - Community Advisory Group, Cairns and Hinterland Health and Hospital Service Board
  • 2009 to 2014 - Committees of Academic Board - Education Committee - Academic Policy - Teaching & Learning Management - Equity and Diversity - Student Experience - Reconciliation
  • 2009 to 2014 - Regional Development Australia - Far North Queensland and Torres Strait Inc
  • 2002 to 2014 - Human Research Ethics Committee, Cairns & Hinterland Hospital and Health Service; member and reviewer
  • 2008 to 2009 - Expert Panel, Rural & Remote Orientation, Office of Chief Nurse, Queensland Health
  • 2001 to 2002 - Academic Board, JCU
  • 1997 to 1999 - University Council, JCU
  • 1997 to 1999 - Academic Board, JCU
Other
  • 2010 - Certificate of Recognition, Australian College of Educators, World Teachers Day, 2010 • For dedication and commitment to ensuring quality education throughout the implementation of the new Dentistry course
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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
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  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
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