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Ms Kate Saxton Name: Ms Kate Saxton
Lecturer (Social Work)
+617 3861 6266
Organisational Area
Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Allied Health (QLD)
Building 203 (1100 Nudgee Road, Banyo QLD 4014)-Level 1-Room 203.1.07
Biographical Information
  • Kate Saxton is a social work lecturer at Australian Catholic University.  She has previously lived in Fiji and Tonga where she both taught and worked as a social work practitioner before returning to Australia to be complete her doctoral studies.  Kate has a strong interest in Indigenous research methodologies and culturally responsive approaches to research design and implementation.  She is committed to promoting decolonising approaches to social work in both practice, research and teaching.

Mafile, T., Mataira, P., & Saxton, K., 2019, Towards a Pacific-Indigenous research paradigm for Pacific social work, In Ravulo, J., Mafileo, T., & Yeates, D.B., 2019, Pacific Social Work: Navigating Practice, Policy and Research, Milton Park, Oxon: Routledge

Saxton, K., Allan, J.A., & Gill, N., 2018, "Mental Health as a Human Right: Challenges and Opportunities in Fiji", Fiji Journal of Public Health 7(1), pp. 38-40

Saxton, K., 2018, "Privileging participation in the Pacific: Researcher reflections", Tu Mau, 30(4), pp. 9-12

Saxton, K., 2013, Field Education in Fiji: Opportunities and Challenges,  In Noble, C., Hendrickson, M., & Han, I.Y. (Eds), Social Work Education: Voices from the Asia Pacific, Victoria: The Vulgar Press



Kate's Phd entitled "The white is right? The challenge with defining social work in Fiji" examined dominant discourse within International Social Work arenas and highlighted the privileging of Western [neo-liberal] ideology in constructions of social work practice and research.  Kate has a interest in decolonising social work research and practice and learning more about the potentials offered by indigenous methodologies.  Kate has extensive qualitative experience in cross-cultural contexts.  Kate has strong links to the Pacific Island region, and has also undertaken projects in South East Asia including the Thai-Burma border.  Kate has also contributed to social policy and organisational policy design, review and implementation.  She welcomes opportunities for cross-institutional and international research collaborations  


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