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Associate Professor Julie Hoffman

Associate Professor Julie Hoffman Associate Professor Julie Hoffman

  • B.A. (Soc.Sce) (Hons)
  • PhD of Philosophy
  • Member of the Australian Anthropological Society
  • Position Dean, Teaching & Learning
    Faculty Centre for Aboriginal Studies
    Campus Bentley Campus
    Location 211.207
    Phone 08 9266 5148

    Brief Summary

    Associate Professor Julie Hoffman is currently the Dean of Teaching and Learning at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies working with Indigenous staff and students in creating and maintaining a centre for excellence in Indigenous education, health, and career opportunities for Indigenous people, their families and communities. Dr Julie Hoffman continues to lecture and tutor on a diverse range of areas within Behavioural and Social Sciences including Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and Human Geography. As an Anthropologist in Health there is a strong committment and passionate interest in presenting diverse social and cultural perspectives on health and well-being, offering a holistic approach to complement the biomedical health model. Working and living within Aboriginal countries Dr Hoffman has worked in consultation with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal individuals, academics and Aboriginal communities and organisations (both government and non-government) in developing education programs about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and health for non-Indigenous health professionals.These programs have been developed with the view of equipping non-Indigenous health professionals with knowledge and skills to improve and enhance health service delivery to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities, providing culturally appropriate, considerate and respectful health care. With a strong interest in equity and justice Dr Hoffman has been involved in providing mentoring to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students to achieve their greatest potential through the opportunities they choose to pursue. In addition Dr Julie Hoffman has a strong interest in understanding personal and societal responses to change and resistance in urban development, environmental change and in intercultural interactions.


    PhD Kalamunda:Change and Resistance is based on societal and personal responses to change and resistance in the conceptualisation, development and maintenance of urbanisation and the notion of community within an Australia environmental, social and cultural society.

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    Memberships, Awards and Training


    2014    Joint Recipient with Professor Marion Kickett and Ms Louise Austin Australian Awards for University Teaching (OLT - Office of Learning and Teaching) for Indigenous Cultures and Health as an Award for Programs that Enhance Learning

    2013     Joint Recipient with Dr Marion Kickett, Ms Christine Kira of Curtin University VC Award in Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Educational Partnerships and Collaborations with Other Organisations.

    2012     Joint Recipient and Runner-Up of Curtin University VC Award in Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Indigenous Cultures and Health 130 unit as Partnerships in Education

    2011     Team Recipient and Runner-Up of Curtin University VC Award in Excellence in  Teaching and Learning for First Year Core Curriculum Interprofessional Education as Partnerships in Education

    2010     Joint Recipient of the Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Education in the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Awards (now known as OLT - Office of Learning and Teaching)

    2010     Nomination for Australian of the Year for contribution to community education

    2008     Awarded the Faculty of Health Science Excellence in Teaching Award (with co-recipient and colleague                  Mr. Clive Walley)

    2008     Nomination by students for the Curtin Student Guild Teaching Award

    2008     Excellence in Teaching Award in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University,


    Australian Anthropological Society

    Higher Education and Research Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)

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    Lecturer and tutor in Sociology and Anthropology of Health, Social & Cultural perspectives on Health,Indigenous Australian Health & Culture, Social Class, Social Determinants on Health, Gender Studies, Medical Dominance, LifeSpan Development, Behavioural Perspectives on Family and Community Studies.

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    Research Interests

    Body image and eating disorders; injury prevention; physical activity & nutrition

    Indigenous Health and Community Development

    Community Development and Resistance to Change

    Developing and Implementing Indigenous education programs for non-Indigenous students.

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    Journal Articles (Research)


    Journal Articles (Research)

    Conference Articles (Research)

    Additional publication categories


    Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)


    Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

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