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Emilie is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Health Resilience and Implementation Science (CHRIS), Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI). She received her PhD in Sociology from UNSW Australia in 2018. Drawing on multiple qualitative methods and social theory, her research examined how intimate examinations are taught to Australian medical students and using this as a case study, how students are taught to navigate their relations and interactions with patients. Emilie is currently working on a multi-methods project in the social experience of refractory (drug-resistant) epilepsy treatment and service delivery. She is also investigating how space affects the work of staff members in terms of productivity, wellbeing and safety within a gastroenterology surgical unit. Finally, Emilie is investigating the perspectives of potential cochlear implant users, their support network members, and referring agents on how a randomised control trial should be designed and conducted to ensure stakeholders’ perspectives are represented, and their information needs are met.

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology (PhD), The University of New South Wales

BA-BSc (Hons), University of Sydney

External positions

Conjoint Associate Lecturer, UNSW

1 Oct 20181 Oct 2021

Research Assistant, The University of New South Wales


Postgraduate Teaching Fellow, The University of New South Wales


Research Assistant, University of Western Sydney


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Research Outputs

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    Cochlear implants in the 21st century: qualitative research as a vehicle for change

    Hughes, S., Bierbaum, M., McMahon, C., Boisvert, I., Francis-Auton, E., Phizacklea, D. & Rapport, F., 2020.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    Enhancing quality of life among epilepsy surgery patients: interlinking multiple social and relational determinants

    Shih, P., Francis-Auton, E., Nikpour, A., Herkes, G., Bleasel, A. & Rapport, F., 1 Jan 2020, In : Epilepsy and Behavior. 102, p. 1-8 8 p., 106721.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Exploring plans for the conduct and dissemination of an audiology trial (COACH): a pre-trial qualitative study (q-COACH)

    Francis-Auton, E., Warren, C., Bierbaum, M., Hughes, S. E. & Rapport, F., 2020, p. 34. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

    Open Access