Dr Jean Burke - Nat School of Allied Health (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)


Jean (BSW, DipEd, MSW, PhD) is a senior lecturer in Social Work in the School of Allied Health, at Strathfield campus. She has worked in research for 20 years, mainly in the areas of HIV, gender and health, stigma, social work in Africa and community development, refugees and African Australians. Her research has informed and evaluated HIV-related programs. Her current research is primarily focused on human rights and albinism and witchcraft beliefs as well as interpreting and translation of Swahili. Jean has published articles and book chapters and presented her research at national and international conferences.


Phone :4114 (Strathfield)
Email :Jean.Burke@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

HIV ; Australian Africans ; Refugees ; infant feeding ; CALD communities ; Social Work ; international social work ; Community and International Development ; interpreting and translating ; networks ; albinism ;

Methods Expertise

Qualitative Methodologies ; Grounded Theory ; Focus Groups ; Interviews ;

Research Projects

Completed Projects

  • Attitudes, beliefs, values and understandings of couples entering into marriage and engaging in pre-marriage education (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)

Current Projects

  • Framing Domestic Violence in the Australian Media: Implications and Opportunities for Social Work Engagement (Undergraduate) (Principal Supervisor)
  • The experiences of Pasifika Migrants in Australia (Undergraduate) (Co-Supervisor)
  • Human rights as constructed and understood by African families from refugee backgrounds (PhD) (Co-Supervisor)

Selected Publications


Linguistic diversity amongst Swahili-speakers: a challenge for translation in Australia., in Translating for the Community


Media analysis of albino killings in Tanzania: A social work and human rights perspective, in Ethics and Social Welfare


Media framing of violence against Tanzanians with albinism in the Great Lakes region: A matter of culture, crime, poverty and human rights. The Australasian Review of African Studies, in The Australasian Review of African Studies


Language as a resource for improving health: using Swahili-based concepts in responding to infant HIV, in The Australian Review of African Studies.


East African mothers with HIV: Testing, talking and transmission to children, in International Perspectives on Women and HIV


East African mothers with HIV: Testing, talking and transmission to children, in Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment


Infant HIV infection: Acceptability of Preventative Strategies in Central Tanzania, in AIDS Education and Prevention

A Social Work Vision for Tanzania, in International Social Work