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Personal profile


Dr Julie Willems has a background in health, education, and the social sciences. Predominantly a qualitative researcher, her scholarly profile demonstrates multiple strengths including educational equity, technology-enhanced learning (TEL) and work integrated learning. Broadly, the research foci are in the associated areas of health (rural health, community responses in emergencies and disasters, mental health, resilience, and trauma); online, distance and flexible learning; educational equity; educational technology; the scholarship of teaching and learning; undergraduate medical education; and workplace-based education and assessment of General Practitioners. 

Community service

Dr Julie Willems has held Executive positions with Australasian professional associations relating to teaching and learning.

From 2011 to 2014, she held two terms elect in the Executive of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA) (https://odlaa.org). On the ODLAA Executive, her key contributions were  signing the ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ between ODLAA and DEANZ (now FLANZ, New Zealand) for cross-country collaboration, and as Vice-President of ODLAA in her second term.

From 2015 to 2020, she held three consecutive terms in office on the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) (https://ascilite.org). On the ASCILITE Executive, her key contributions to ASCILITE included policy writing, conference organising, conference handbook rewriting, the Community Mentoring Program, the Webinar series, and the Social Media team.

Supervision interests

Supervisory interests include:

  • trauma and resilience
  • social media and disasters
  • educational equity
  • teaching and learning 
  • workplace-based learning
  • academic and professional development

Education/Academic qualification



Education, MEd(Honours), University of New England


Education, GDipEd, Charles Sturt University


Humanities & Communication, BA (Double Major), Murdoch University


Nursing, Certificate Nursing (General), West Metropolitan Group School of Nursing (Westmead Hospital)


External positions

Manager Supervisor CPD and Senior Research Fellow, Eastern Victoria General Practice Training (EV)

2018 → …

Research area keywords

  • Education - teriary
  • Educating for diversity and inclusion
  • Education - Workplace based
  • Trauma & resilience
  • Disasters & social media
  • Communications Technologies
  • Educational equity
  • Education development and assessment
  • Academic development
  • Education Research
  • Educational Technology


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