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Professor Michele Foster


Michele Foster

Menzies Health Institute - Disability and Rehabilitation - Hopkins
L03 2.45, Logan Campus
Princess Alexandra Hospital, Division of Rehabilitation, Executive Office Building 17, Level 1, Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba, QLD, 4102, Australia

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Michele is Professor of Disability and Rehabilitation Research with Griffith University and the Division of Rehabilitation, Metro South Health, in Queensland Australia. She is an internationally recognised social work and health services research academic with a strong interdisciplinary track record in rehabilitation, disability services, and primary health care research. Her research focuses primarily on policy implementation and how policy reforms and service delivery innovations translate into local contexts through organisational and frontline practices. Following completion of her PhD in 2001 at the University of Queensland, she was awarded an National Health and Medical Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship with Griffith University before taking up the position of Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of York in the UK. She returned to The University of Queensland for nine years as a Teaching and Research academic before her current appointment. Michele has a thorough understanding of the interaction of research, policy and practice and importance of knowledge translation based on years of applied and practice-based research within health, rehabilitation and disability systems.


  • Member
    Disability & Rehabilitation1 Jan 2018
  • Professor of Disability and Rehabilitation Research
    Griffith University, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Gold Coast, Australia2015


  • Associate Professor of Teaching & Research
    University of Queensland, School of Social Work and Human Services, Brisbane, Australia2011 - 2015
  • Senior Lecturer
    University of Queensland, School of Social Work and Human Services, Brisbane, Australia2006 - 2011


  • Principal Policy Officer
    Queensland Health Mental Health Unit and Disability Services, Australia1 Jan 2005 - 1 Jan 2006
  • Manager of Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Research Project
    Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia1995 - 1997
  • Social Worker
    Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit, Brisbane, Australia1994 - 1995
  • Social Worker
    Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital FoundationNeurosurgical Unit, Brisbane, Australia1993 - 1994
  • Social Worker
    Queensland Mental Health, Brisbane, Australia1992 - 1992
  • Community Development Worker
    Womens’ Health Centre, Brisbane, Australia1991 - 1991


  • B Soc Wk (First Class Hons)
    University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • PhD Social Work and Social Policy
    University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia


  • Graduate Certification Education (Higher Ed)
    University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia2008