Dr Kate Johnston-Ataata is a Research Fellow and ECR Co-Lead of the Health, Society and Medicine Research Program at the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.Kate is the lead researcher on a NHMRC Partnership Project titled 'Early Menopause: Experiences and Perspectives of Women and Health Professionals', a partnership between Health, Society and Medicine (HSM) Research Program at RMIT and the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, Monash University.
- PhD (Arts), Monash University
- Master of International Mental Health Research, University of Melbourne
- Honours (Asian Studies), ANU
Kate began her career in the Commonwealth government, working for several years in public affairs and corporate policy roles within the foreign affairs portfolio. After deciding to pursue postgraduate studies in international mental health policy, she joined the University of Melbourne's School of Population Health where she coordinated the implementation of a new national leadership initiative for early career psychiatrists (led by Associate Professor Harry Minas) while completing her Masters. Kate then moved to the Department of General Practice where she managed the establishment of the Victorian Primary Care Practice Based Research Network (VicREN), led by Professor Jane Gunn, before taking up her first Research Assistant role on an Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute-funded project exploring generalism in primary care. Following these experiences, Kate was motivated to undertake a PhD in Sociology, which she completed in 2017 at Monash University.
Kate has retained strong industry links throughout her academic career, reflecting her commitment to research that not only advances scholarly debates but is also relevant and of practical value to end users. During her doctoral studies she worked as a researcher on three Healthtalk Australia projects (two ARC Linkage Projects and one funded by Healthdirect Australia) in addition to her role as Healthtalk Australia Coordinator.
Kate has considerable experience working with clinicians and allied health professionals (particularly in mental health, women's health, and maternal and infant health), health information services, and non-government organisations working in health research and advocacy. Organisations she has worked with (as project industry partners or Advisory Group members) include Healthdirect Australia, beyondblue, PANDA, Centre of Perinatal Excellence, the Royal Women's Hospital, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Breast Cancer Network Australia, Women's Health Victoria, Think Pink, the Australasian Menopause Society, and the Endocrine Society of Australia. Kate has also gained valuable experience in areas related to her research interests through volunteering roles with Lifeline and the Children's Protection Society.
- The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
- The Australian Association of Pacific Studies (AAPS)
- The Australian Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (AMIRCI)
Grants and awards
- Australian Postgraduate Award (2010-2016)