Mrs Karina O'Leary

Conjoint, Interprofessional Educati

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Coordinator, Interprofessional

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Higher Degree by Research Scholar

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Karina O'Leary is the Interprofessional Conjoint Fellow at the Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS) Education and Research Alliance. A physiotherapist with extensive experience working within public and private musculoskeletal physiotherapy settings, Karina has also worked within academic settings in education and research roles.

Delivering high quality healthcare needs high functioning interprofessional teams. Karina's focus at STARS and her research is firstly, ensuring health professional students opportunities to develop interprofessional competencies, secondly, developing educators capability to deliver interprofessional work integrated learning opportunities and thirdly designing innovative ways to develop interprofessional practice within healthcare teams.

Karina 's PhD will use an experience based co-design framework to understand interprofessional practice within a local hospital setting, then designing interventions for students, educators and healthcare teams to engance interprofessional practice.


  • PhD candidate, The University of Queensland (commenced 2021)
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, The University of Queensland (2009)
  • Master of Physiotherapy, The University of Queensland (2005)
  • BSc (Honours) Physiotherapy, Leeds Metropolitan University (1997)

Awards and Fellowships

  • Heath and Behavioural Sciences Faculty Excellence in Clinical and Professional Skill Education Award (2022)

Research Interests

  • Interprofessional Education


  • Certificate of Higher Education, The University of Queensland
  • Masters (Coursework) of Physiotherapy Studies, The University of Queensland


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