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Dr Gemma McKibbin

Gemma McKibbin is a Research Fellow in the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne, working with Prof Cathy Humphreys and Prof Kelsey Hegarty under the Melbourne research Alliance to End Violence against women and their children (MAEVe). Gemma has a background in gender studies and worked previously at WIRE, Women’s Information delivering information, referral and support to women within a feminist framework. She has recently completed a PhD in the Department of Social Work at the University of Melbourne about the prevention of Harmful Sexual Behaviour carried out by children & young people.

Gemma is a scholar with the Safer Families Centre for Research Excellence, working under Strand B with Dr Laura Tarzia on a qualitative meta-synthesis of health professionals’ readiness to respond to intimate partner violence. Gemma is also the lead researcher on a large action research project in partnership with MacKillop Family Services which aims to prevent Harmful Sexual Behaviour and Child Sexual Exploitation for children & young people living in out-of-home care