Dr Karen Carlisle is a senior lecturer at the College of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University.  With over 20 years of research experience in the UK and Australia, Karen has worked within population health, oral health, education and psychology settings.  She has a particular interest and has published in the areas of community engagement and inter-sectoral collaboration to improve outcomes for the underserved and at risk.

Karen's primary degree is in Applied Psychology and began her career on a research council project examing skill acquisition in laparoscopic surgeons.  Karen worked in the School of Education (Queen's Universty, Belfast) from 1999-2011 and completed her PhD examining the experience of coteaching for pre-service science teachers (2003-2008). In addition Karen was part of a team of researchers exploring multi-agency working in Northern Ireland (ESRC) which contributed to the development of the Shared Education Program aimed at promoting cross denominational school partnerships.

Karen moved to Australia in 2011 and joined Townsville Mackay Medicare Local as a research co-ordinator on the 'Townsville broadband enabled diabetes telehealth randomised controlled trial'. Karen has managed a number of NHMRC projects including the Rural Engaging Communities in Oral Health (Rural ECOH) project and the Scaling up Quality Improvement through learning from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary healthcare services: Lessons from the Best project.  Karen was also project manager for the ‘Strengthening capacity for policy relevant research on surveillance and response’ stream within the Partners in Tropical Health project funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Currently Senior Lecturer in the College of Medicine and Dentistry and project managing two NHMRC projects: Leveraging Effectuve Ambulatory Practices (LEAP) and WOmen's action for Mums and Bubs (WOMB). 




  • HS5102: Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals (Level 5; TSV)
  • HS5405: Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions (Level 5; TSV)
  • HS5406: Strategies for Clinical Teaching (Level 5; TSV)
  • HS5409: Innovative Teaching in the Health Professions (Level 5; TSV)
  • HS5410: Health Professional Education using Action Research (Level 5; TSV)
  • HS6405: Assessment and Evaluation in Health Professional Education (Level 6; TSV)
  • HS7410: Curriculum Design and Renewal in Health Professional Education (Level 7; TSV)
  • HS7411: Leadership in Health Professional Education (Level 7; TSV)
  • HS7500: Research Project 1 (Level 7; TSV)
  • HS7501: Research Project 2 (Level 7; TSV)
  • MD1010: Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 1 of 2 (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • MD1020: Introduction to Integrated Medical Studies Part 2 of 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • MD2011: Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 1 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • MD2012: Integrated Human System Pathophysiology Part 2 of 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • MD3011: Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 1 of 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • MD3012: Introduction to Clinical Healthcare Part 2 of 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • 2011 to 2016 - Research Co-ordinator, Townsville Mackay Medicare Local (Townsville)
  • 1999 to 2011 - Research Fellow (Education), Queen's University, Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  • 1998 to 1999 - Research Assistant (Psychology), Queen's University, Belfast (Northern Ireland)
Research Disciplines
  • 2016 - JCU Learning and Teaching Quick Start Grant
  • 2015 - Sessional Teaching Award: Outstanding contribution to teaching and learning. James Cook University

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 39+ research outputs authored by Dr Karen Carlisle from 2012 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

National Health & Medical Research Council - Partnership Projects

Working it Out Together! Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led co-design for a strong and deadly health workforce

Indicative Funding
$904,772 over 5 years, in partnership with North Queensland Primary Health Network ($36,000) and Queensland Health ($50,000)
Building a stable, well-trained and culturally safe health workforce is a crucial part of delivering high quality primary health care (PHC) services. Previous attempts to strengthen rural/remote health workforce have failed, partly because they have not integrated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and lived experience with necessary policy and systems support. There has been little research into culturally safe strategies to improve workforce stability in complex PHC context. This project will bridge these gaps through a community-led, place-based planning approach, engaging service providers, policy-makers and funders to co-design workforce strategies and models of care that are locally relevant, successful and sustainable. This community-based participatory project uses a mixed methods quasi-experimental pre-post design to implement co-designed actions to explore: How do we systematically embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into place-based planning and action for a stable and effective workforce that engenders community trust in local PHC delivery? Working with key sector partners in four service-based rural/remote clusters across Qld, NT and NSW, we will co-design and trial strategies to strengthen workforce competency and stability (by strengthening local career pathways for Indigenous people and strengthening cultural competency of non-Indigenous staff), and use community-centred impact and economic evaluation. Our team is majority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and builds on relationships and learnings developed through our ongoing PHC system improvement work. Each jurisdictional team comprises a local Indigenous PHC service, community-controlled peak body, primary health network, government health department and university partner. This optimal mix will ensure successful implementation of sustainable strategies and translation into policy and practice for improved community access to quality PHC and health outcomes.
Sarah Larkins, Veronica Matthews, Emma Walke, Catrina Felton-Busch, Sean Taylor, Paul Burgess, Marni Tuala, Renee Blackman, Karen Carlisle and Lynore Geia in collaboration with Nishila Moodley, Payden Samuelsson, Sinon Cooney, Leisa Fraser, Bevan Ah Kee, Michelle Redman-MacLaren, Warren Locke and Cameron Johnson (College of Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Sydney, JCU Murtupuni Centre for Rural & Remote Health, Menzies School of Health Research, Department of Health (NT), Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives, Gidgee Healing Mount Isa Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Ltd, Queensland Health, Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service, Katherine West Health Board, Western Queensland Primary Health Network, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council, New South Wales Health and College of Healthcare Sciences)
Primary care; Rural Workforce; Community Participation; Indigenous Health; Rsual and Remote Health Services; Cultural Safety

Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC) - Consultancy 2

Proposed development of revised framework for operational and implementation research in health and disease control programmes.

Indicative Funding
$51,762 over 1 year
The overall goal of the QAIHC Sexual Health and Wellbeing Project is to improve Sexually transmissible infection (STI) and blood borne virus (BBVs) services in QAIHC Member Services and to work towards reducing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander positive notifications. To help achieve this, support is provided for Member Services to implement models of care aimed to increase client engagement, education opportunities, as well as improve screening, notification and treatment rates. Tools, resources and support are provided to participant health services to implement sexual health and wellbeing activities that are culturally safe, led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and tailored to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander model of care. The aim of this work is to evaluate the implementation, impact and outcomes of the QAIHC Sexual Health and Wellbeing Project.
Karen Carlisle, Rebecca Evans, Sarah Larkins, Alice Cairns, Shaun Solomon, Kris Vine, Talah Laurie and Nishila Moodley (College of Medicine & Dentistry and JCU Murtupuni Centre for Rural & Remote Health)
Sexual Health; Atsi Health; Quality improvement

Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

Identifying the roles of online communities in rural resilience

Indicative Funding
$16,000 over 3 years (administered by Swinburne University of Technology)
The role of online communities in helping rural people to overcome isolation and service inaccessibility, and in identifying service priorities, is the study focus. We will apply social media data analytics to study seven diverse examples of online communities, to inform what rural people discuss, where, when and in different online communities and to identify the impact of online communities in addressing rural resilience. Findings will inform workshops with online hosts to develop and test a 'best practice toolkit' to inform future online community data analy6tics. The project's outcomes will be to: extend knowledge about roles of online communities for realising rural resilience and providing data to inform service innovations.
Jane Farmer, Anthony McCosker, Sue Kilpatrick, Karen Carlisle and Hilary Davis in collaboration with Sarah-Anne Munoz and Artur Steiner (Swinburne University of Technology, University of Tasmania, College of Medicine & Dentistry, University of the Highlands and Islands and Glasgow Caledonian University)
Rural Health; online communities; Health Planning

National Health & Medical Research Council - Partnership Projects

Implementation of quality improvement in Indigenous primary health care: Leveraging Effective Ambulatory Practices (LEAP)

Indicative Funding
$1,144,570 over 4 years, in partnership with North Queensland Primary Health Network ($315,000); Northern Territory Department of Health, Top End Health ($20,000); Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NTPHN) ($38,700) and Western Queensland Primary Care Collaborative Limited ($210,000)
Despite increased policy attention and funding, not all primary healthcare (PHC) services for Indigenous Australians show the desired improvements in quality of care. Practices which provide PHC services are complex systems and emerging evidence indicates many things affect quality improvement. There remains a knowledge gap regarding what is required for Indigenous PHCs to succeed in improving the quality of their services and, subsequently, health outcomes for their patients. This project will capitalise on emerging research and existing strong partnerships to provide a solid evidence base for interventions to improve quality of priority health services in Indigenous PHC settings.
Sarah Larkins, Ross Baille, Catrina Felton-Busch, Paul Burgess, Emma McBryde, Kerry Copley, Rebecca Evans, V Matthews and Karen Carlisle in collaboration with Judy Taylor, Karla Canuto, Donald Whaleboat, S Thompson, Christine Connors and Roderick Wright (College of Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Sydney, JCU Murtupuni Centre for Rural & Remote Health, Department of Health (NT), Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, Aboriginal Medical Service, Apunipima Cape York Health Council, University of Western Australia and Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council)
Learning community; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; Primary Health Care; Quality Improvement

Advisory Accreditation: I can be on your Advisory Panel as a Primary or Secondary Advisor.

These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Defining Pharmaceutical Public Health Competencies for Australian Pharmacists (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Improving Rural, Regional and Remote (RRR) access and cultural diversity in clinical trials in Australia: What role does the Australasian Teletrial Model play in Northern Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Appropriate Prescribing in First Nations Peoples in a Rural Aged Care Unit: Exploring perspectives of the patient, substitute decision maker and health care professional (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Can an Implementation Science Framework Enable Emergency Clinicians at a Major Referral Emergency Department in North Queensland to De-implement Low-value Care in Adult Patients? (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Evaluating the impact of hospital pharmacists on a health equity agenda in a regional Australian setting - more than just the medicines. (PhD , Primary Advisor)

The map shows research collaborations by institution from the past 7 years.
Note: Map points are indicative of the countries or states that institutions are associated with.

  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

Connect with me
Share my profile
Share my profile:

Advisory Accreditation
Primary Advisor
Find me on…
Icon for Scopus Author page

Similar to me

  1. Prof Komla Tsey
    College of Arts, Society & Education
  2. A/Prof Lynore Geia
    College of Healthcare Sciences