Dr Belinda Chaplin

Dr Belinda Chaplin, RN, BN(Hons), PhD, AFHEA

Lecturer in Nursing

Belinda, a woman of trans experience, joined the research and teaching team at CDU in January 2017 after working as a sessional academic and research assistant at Queensland University of Technology in the School of Nursing, the Oodgeroo Unit and the School of Clinical Sciences for a period of 7 years.  She completed her PhD in 2016.  The focus of that research was concerned with the healthcare experiences of trans people as they surgically transition to their preferred gender.  This followed on from her Honours project that examined the life experiences of Australian trans people who had undergone sex reassignment surgery (SRS) and explored what influences the surgery had on their daily lives and social functioning. 

As you might gather, Belinda is passionate about this area of research as trans people continue to be discriminated against at all levels of Australian society and their needs, levels of care and support are inconsistently applied in the medical arena; while legally, complex legal frameworks increase the psychosocial burden of their daily lives.  Her current research is focused in two distinct areas of the trans experience.  The first is about trans people who live with HIV; a qualitative study gaining knowledge of their experiences living with a chronic condition, with its level of stigma and burden, while being a trans person that also has stigma and discrimination as a possible outcome. The second study is concerned with the attitudes and knowledge of undergraduate nursing students towards trans people (a survey which is currently available through Nursing Central to all nursing students).

Currently, her teaching focus at the undergraduate level is to do with evidence based practice and its theoretical application to clinical practice. At post graduate level, Belinda supervises masters’ students who normally work in the field as nurses in a variety of fields and locations.  Her philosophy about teaching is that it is a social enterprise, where through social interaction, we all are inspired to be curious and learn from each other.  Belinda’s journey towards success and her approach to life, research, learning and teaching can be summed up in a nice quote by Albert Einstein where he said “I have no special talent.  I am only passionately curious”. 

Her other role in the College of Nursing and Midwifery is supporting Higher degree Research students as they navigate their Masters’ and PhD journeys.

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Academic Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy Queensland University of Technology (GPA 7) 2012 - 2016

Thesis Title: “Why are you crying?” You got what you wanted!” Psychosocial experiences of sex reassignment surgery.

Bachelor of Nursing Queensland University of Technology (Hons1) (GPA 6.833) 2010 - 2011

Thesis Title: “Sex reassignment surgery: Panacea, placebo or Pandora’s Box? A narrative inquiry.”

Bachelor of Nursing with Distinction Queensland University of Technology (GPA 6.389) 2007 – 2009

Professional Qualifications

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2016
  • Teaching Advantage, Preparing Future Academics, 2016
  • Joanna Briggs Institute comprehensive Systematic Review Training, 2015
  • Sessional Career Advancement Program, 2014

Previous Employment

2010 -2016:   Sessional academic and research assistant at Queensland University of Technology; School of Nursing, Oodgeroo Unit, and the School of Clinical Sciences

2002-2006: Coordinator at DHHS Launceston General Hospital

1994-1998: Owner/operator of a landscape gardening business on the Mornington Peninsula

1986-1994: Postal manager for Australia Post

Research Supervision

Belinda began supervising students in 2017

Masters

Completions:

Lijy Mathew: Thesis title “The Effect of Obstetric Complications on Post-Partum Depression and its Impact on the Client’s Quality of Life”

Michelle Krake: Thesis title: “A systematic review of systematic reviews: Exploring the prevalence and risk factors of burnout in nursing”

Sanjita Neupane: Thesis title “Diabetes Mellitus Type 2: Exploring Quality of Life and its Association to Mental Health”

Publications

Chaplin, B., & Harbour, P. (2018).  Australian trans and gender diverse (TGD) people and HIV/AIDS: A discussion paper. Madridge Journal of AIDS, 1(1), 35-37.

Chaplin, B., Cox, L., & Campbell, C.  (2018).  Researching marginalized populations: Methodological challenges in transgender research.  SAGE Research Methods Cases,1-18. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526447449

Chaplin, B, Cox, L., & Campbell, C.  (2016).  Pictorial experiences of SRS in an Australian cohort.  Presented at the WPATH Symposium: Growing:

Empowerment, Expertise, Evidence in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 17-21, 2016.  (Poster)

Chaplin, B, Cox, L., & Campbell, C.  (2016).  The experiences of an Australian cohort navigating medical services in pursuit of SRS.  Presented at the

WPATH Symposium: Growing: Empowerment, Expertise, Evidence in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 17-21, 2016.  (Oral)

Chaplin, B., Cox, L., & Campbell, C.  (2014).   An overview of Australian intrans*igence – A systemic Pandora’s Box.   Presented at the WPATH Symposium: Transgender Health from Global Perspectives in Bangkok, Thailand, February 14-18, 2014.  (Oral)

Chaplin, B., Cox, L., & Campbell, C.  (2014).   “Blokes don’t cry, so man up” – A trans*gressive life in Queensland jails.   Presented at the WPATH Symposium: Transgender Health from Global Perspectives in Bangkok, Thailand, February 14-18, 2014.  (Oral)

Chaplin, B. (2012). Sex reassignment surgery: Panacea, placebo or Pandora’s Box? – A narrative inquiry.  Presented at the Queensland Transgender, Sistergirl and Gender Diverse Conference in Cairns, Australia, August 24-25, 2012.  (Oral)

Contacts

T: 08 8946 6528
E: belinda.chaplin@cdu.edu.au

College of Nursing & Midwifery
Blue 5.1.108
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909
Australia