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Antoinette Pavithra is a PhD candidate and Research Assistant at the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation. Her current research explores the theoretical and practical factors that influence the efficacy of culture change interventions within healthcare systems. 

She has previously conducted and assisted with research using mixed methods to understand and map far-right extremism within Australia, clinical and surgical communication between healthcare professionals and patients, mental health wearable device deployment and use, and the construction of Aboriginal identity through commercial state-driven and community-run tourism initiatives in Australia. 

She has also worked with students internationally and in Australia, tutoring, mentoring, coaching and lecturing across units in English Literature and Medical Anthropology. Her research interests span healthcare systems practices, patient safety, digital healthcare, human-technology assemblages, mental health, justice and society, and open knowledge production practices. 

Education/Academic qualification

(Anthropology - Global Health, Medical Anthropology), Master's by Research


(English - Literature, Linguistics, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies), Master of Arts


(Psychology, Communication Studies, English Literature), Bachelor of Arts


External positions

Research Officer, All Together Now

1 Jan 201930 Jun 2019

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Research Outputs

  • 1 h-Index
  • 1 Conference abstract
  • 1 Abstract
  • 1 Comment/opinion
  • 1 Article

Wear your heart on your sleeve

Noel, A. P., 20 Jul 2018, Anthropology News.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticle

Open Access
  • Worn out: how mental health wearables devices are changing the landscape of mental health

    Pavithra Joseph, A., 29 Aug 2018. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • Back to the future: engaging with the Australian Aboriginal past, present and future through tourism

    Pavithra Joseph, A., 1 Nov 2017, Deakin University: 50 years of naming institutional racism : Realising racial equity or intensifying injustices?. Deakin University

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference abstract

    Open Access
  • Recognizing the nocebo benefits patient care, but demands greater cultural competency in the clinic

    Joseph, A. P., Mason, P. H., Warren, N. & Atley, I., 3 Jun 2017, In : American Journal of Bioethics. 17, 6, p. 54-56 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/opinion

    2 Citations (Scopus)