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. Her two JCU excellence awards reflect this commitment. 

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.  

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 representing JCU in Beijing (1995), coordinating the Swedish rural exchange program (1996-1997), developing a successful dentistry capstone year (2013-2017) and recently enabling young dental researchers to succeed. Current projects focus on rural oral health, dental graduate intentions and destinations, and developing dental students’ capacity to respond to domestic violence and medical emergencies.    

While Associate Dean Teaching and Learning (2010 – 2013) she contributed to Faculty performance during a period of significant policy changes and higher education reforms. 

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 established 16 domestic and 8 international dentistry placements.

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). Currently, with Latrobe and JCU colleagues, she is collaboratively implementing the NHMRC partnership project focussed on Engaging Rural Communities in Oral Health project (2013-2017).

 

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 and served on the Cairns Hospital Ethics Committee for 13 years.  

Teaching
  • DS1001: Introduction to Dental Science 1 (Level 1; CNS)
  • DS2001: Biological Sciences for Dentistry 1 (Growth, Development and Microbiology) (Level 2; CNS)
  • DS3101: Introduction to Clinical Dentistry (Level 3; CNS)
  • DS3102: Clinical Dentistry 1 (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)
  • HS2401: Rural and Remote Primary and Public Health Care (Level 2; CNS)
  • HS2406: Health Promotion in Dentistry (Level 2; CNS)
  • RH1002: Communication Skills for Health Professionals (Level 1; 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
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2016 - JCU Award for Excellence in recognition of outstanding achievement - Cross Unit Collaboration - integration of domestic violence content into curriculum
  • 2016 - JCU Award for Excellence in recognition of outstanding achievement - Rural Engaging Communities in Oral Health project
  • 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
  • 2017 - National Rural Health Alliance: Friends Advisory Committee; Queensland Representative
  • 2013 - JCU-CHHHS Joint Inter-Professional Planning Committee for Education, Training & Research
  • 2016 - Optimising Indigenous Health, Invited member, Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland.
  • 2002 to 2014 - Human Research Ethics Committee, Cairns & Hinterland Hospital and Health Service; member and reviewer Servoce and Health serviceEr Ethics
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
Publications

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NHMRC - Partnerships Projects

Population Health Planning for Rural Medicare Locals: evaluating a community participation method for delivering outcomes

Indicative Funding
$209,673 over 3 years (administered by La Trobe University)
Summary
The study, in six communities, will evaluate whether an evidenced based method of rural community participation from the UK translates to assist healthcare planning by Medicare Locals. Medicare Locals must involve local people in designing services to improve health, but lack methods to do this. The focus of the study is oral health, a major issue in rural areas. The study evaluates whether new services are designed and implemented and whether there is a change to health knowledge and behaviours.
Investigators
Jane Farmer, Sarah Larkins, Mark Gussy, Amanda Kenny, Felicity Croker, Andrea Silva-Sanigorski, Jacinta Elston and Virginia Dickson-Swift in collaboration with Tracy Cheffins, Benedict Keith, Kate Silburn and Judy Taylor (La Trobe University, College of Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Melbourne, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
primary care; health planning; consumer participation; Rural Health; Oral Health; Priority Setting; access to dental care; Workforce Policy; Evaluation Studies

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