A/Prof. Louella McCarthyAssociate Professor Louella McCarthy, Academic Leader: Community Engagement


  • BA Honours in History, University of NSW
  • MA (Gender Studies) UNSW
  • PhD in History, UNSW


Having a primary background in History of Medicine, Louella McCarthy taught History at UNSW and University of Technology, before moving into the academic field of Social Medicine and Community Engagement, firstly with UWS before moving to the University of Wollongong in 2014.

Areas of Supervision

  1. Gender and Health
  2. Gender and Medicine
  3. Social Determinants of Health
  4. Social Justice, Health and Society

Research Interests

Louella’s scholarly work spans community engagement theory and practice, health and society, the history of medicine, history and heritage, and women’s history. She has published in each of these fields in international and peer reviewed publications. Current research projects include an international comparative study of women in medical education in Australia and Russia, the History of the Australian Federation of Medical Women (in partnership with the AFMW), a study of Rural Medicine in NSW and a comparative study of community based medical education with Durham University (UK). Louella is co-editor for Palgrave Macmillan Gender & History series, Metascience for history and philosophy of medicine, and for medical museums and exhibitions for Health & History. She is Immediate Past President and a Councillor of the Australian & New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine.

Key Publications

  • ‘Disability and mammography screening: intangible barriers to participation’, (with Llewellyn, G. Balandin S. & Poulos, A.) Disability and Rehabilitation, 2011, 33 (19-20), pp1755-1767.
  • ‘Women with physical disability and the mammogram: An observational study to identify barriers and facilitators” (with Poulos, A. Balandin, S. Llewellyn, G. Leigha Dark), Radiography, 17 (1), February 2011, pp14-19.
  • Engaging for Health: Medicine in Context as a Case Study in Engaged Teaching and Learning for Students in Medicine (with Jones, A, Yeomans, N, et al) AUCEA Journal, 5 (2), 2010, pp67-87.
  • ‘Filtered Images: Visions of ‘Pioneering’ Women Doctors in Twentieth-Century Australia’, Health & History, 8 (2), 2006, pp91-110. (Special issue on Health, Medicine and the Media, ed. C. Hooker & H. Pols).
  • ‘All This Fuss About a Trivial Incident? Women, Hospitals and Medical Work in New South Wales, 1900–1920’, Women’s History Review, 14 (2), 2005, pp.267–85 (Special issue on ‘Work, Professionalism and Middle-Class Identity’, ed. L. Jackson & K. Cowman).
  • ‘Idealists or Pragmatists? Progressives and Separatists among Australian Medical Women, 1900–1940’, Social History of Medicine, 16 (2), 2003, pp263–82.

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Last reviewed: 4 April, 2014