Felicity Croker

Dr Felicity Croker
Informed by over 30 years of clinical practice, teaching and research in regional, remote and disadvantaged communities within Australia and the Asia Pacific, Felicity is strongly committed to educating a socially accountable health workforce who can contribute effectively to low resource communities within the tropics. Her two JCU excellence awards reflect this commitment.

Felicity has applied a broad interprofessional focus to teaching and research roles across disciplinary boundaries and campuses while working with social sciences, Indigenous health, education, health sciences, public health, medicine and dentistry.

She completed Education Honours (1st class; 1994), which focused on nursing curricula, followed by a multidisciplinary PhD project that explored rural and remote maternity services (2007). Career highlights include representing JCU in Beijing (1995), coordinating the Swedish rural exchange program (1996-1997), developing a successful dentistry capstone year (2013-2017) and recently enabling young dental researchers to succeed. Current projects focus on rural oral health, dental graduate intentions and destinations, and developing dental students’ capacity to respond to domestic violence and medical emergencies.

While Associate Dean Teaching and Learning (2010 – 2013) she contributed to Faculty performance during a period of significant policy changes and higher education reforms.

As a founding academic in Dentistry, she has contributed to curriculum development, implementation and evaluation of the program leading to full accreditation (2013). She has successfully initiated and managed established 16 domestic and 8 international dentistry placements.

Previously, Felicity successfully managed completion of the NHMRC Longitudinal Indigenous Health project (2008). She contributed to Queensland’s rural and remote training and chronic disease initiatives as a regional project leader (2007-2010). Subsequent consultancies have prepared Aboriginal health services for accreditation and reviewed health workforce planning in the Northern Territory (2009-2010). Currently, with Latrobe and JCU colleagues, she is collaboratively implementing the NHMRC partnership project focussed on Engaging Rural Communities in Oral Health project (2013-2017).

Felicity is a former member of the Cairns and Hinterland Health and Hospital Board (2013-2016). She has twice been appointed to the Regional Development Australia (FNQ & Torres) Board and served on the Cairns Hospital Ethics Committee for 13 years.