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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) ( 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) ( 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:

Teaching & Learning

  • educational equity
  • online, blended, flexible, and distance education
  • workplace-based learning
  • academic and professional development

Natural disasters

  • trauma and resilience
  • social media and disasters
  • bushfrie recovery

Domestic & family violence

  • Rurality
  • Faith-based
  • Coercive control

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

E-learning, PhD, Does Style Matter? Considering the Impact of Learning Styles in E-Learning, MONASH UNIVERSITY


Education, MEd(Honours), Looking From the Outside In: the Issue of Equal Access to Computer-Mediated Learning by Distance Learners in Higher Education, University of New England (Australia)


Education, GDipEd, Charles Sturt University


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


Nursing, Certificate Nursing (General), Westmead Hospital


External positions

e-Learning Developer, Flinders University

Feb 2022 → …

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

2018Dec 2021

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

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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