Dr Kate Young

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Areas of interest: Psychosocial aspects of non-communicable diseases, medical uncertainty, gender, women's health, pediatrics

Dr Kate Young is a Research Fellow of the School of Nursing at the Queensland University of Technology. She is also an Adjunct Research Fellow of the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.

Kate’s primary research interest is investigating how medical professionals can provide comprehensive healthcare in the face of medical uncertainty. She researches this within maternity, gynaecology, palliative, and paediatric cancer settings. In all her research, Kate takes a gender-informed, social constructionist approach to consider people’s experiences and healthcare needs within their social context. She is skilled at both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, specialising in in-depth interviews (thematic and discourse analyses), and population-based surveys (regression analysis).

Kate is most well known for her recent doctoral research on women’s experiences of endometriosis, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHRMC) and Australian Rotary Health. This research cumulated in six peer-reviewed publications, including in the esteemed international journal, Human Reproduction, and as a top 20 most downloaded publication for both 2017 and 2018 in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. It has also informed various translational pieces such as Safe Work Australia’s, ‘Supporting workers with endometriosis in the workplace.’

Kate is currently leading the qualitative component of the ‘Survivorship and Palliative Care in Child and Adolescent Brain Cancer’ project, funded by the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Working with families, she will use novel research methods to scope their psychosocial healthcare needs. This will inform the co-development of an intervention to improve family experiences and outcomes.

Kate is also a skilled science communicator having been interviewed about her research across a range of media outlets including ABC Radio National and The Drum, and having been a freelance writer including for The Guardian and SBS Online. You can find her on Twitter at @Researcher_Kate.