Dr Nafi Ghafournia

Dr Nafi Ghafournia

Casual Academic

School of Humanities and Social Science

Career Summary

Biography

Nafiseh Ghafournia completed her PhD in Social Policy and Gender Studies at The University of Sydney in 2017 (supported by the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship).  She has been working as a researcher and sessional academic at University of Newcastle.

Her research revolves around domestic violence, social policy, gender and immigration. She has published several papers on religion and domestic violence, Islamic feminism, domestic violence policy, immigration policy, culture, domestic violence and intersectionality. Her latest publications are Ghafournia, Nafiseh; Easteal, Patricia, 2018, “Are Immigrant Women visible in Australian Domestic Violence Reports that Potentially Influence Policy?”, Laws and “Spouse Sponsorship Policies: Focus on Serial Sponsors”, 2017, Laws. 

Her recent book "Faith in Freedom: Muslim Immigrant Women's Experiences of Domestic Violence" published by Melbourne University Publishing (2019) is one of the pioneering efforts to address domestic violence among Muslim immigrant women in the Australian context. Focusing on Muslim immigrant women distinctively adds to the sensitivity and complexity of the topic. More uniquely, and indeed innovatively, the book contributes to understandings of the intersections between factors such as gender, culture, religion and immigration, and the ways in which different social locations interact in Muslim immigrant women’s experiences of abuse. The book examines the implications of feminist intersectional perspectives for service provision, social work education and policy. 

Ghafournia has membership of some professional bodies such as International Sociological Association (ISA), The Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR), The Australian Sociological association (TASA), Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS).

She has also worked as a multicultural health liaison officer in NSW health. She has extensive experience working with immigrant and refugees and delivers regular lectures and trainings to health professionals on cultural aspects of health and cultural competency.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Social Work), University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Arts, Ferdowsi University of Meshed - Iran
  • Master of Arts, University of Tehran - Iran
  • Graduate Certificate in Policy Studies, University of Sydney

Keywords

  • CALD communities
  • Domestic violence policy
  • Gender
  • Gender and culture
  • Gender and religion
  • Islamic feminism
  • Public Health
  • domestic violence
  • feminism
  • immigration policy
  • social policy

Languages

  • Dari (Fluent)
  • Persian (excluding Dari) (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified 20
160512 Social Policy 10
200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality 70

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/09/2010 -  Multicultural Health Liaison Officer Hunter New England Health
Multicultural Health
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
4/08/2009 -  Sessional academic

School of Humanities and Social Science

University of Newcastle
Faculty of Education and Arts
Australia

Awards

Member

Year Award
2019 The Centre for Study of Violence, Newcastle University
The centre for study of Violence
2019 Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS)
Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS)
2019 The Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR)
2. The Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR)
2017 Multicultural NSW
Multicultural NSW
2017 International Sociological Association (ISA)
International Sociological Association (ISA)
2016 Newcastle Domestic Violence Committee
Newcastle Domestic Violence committee
2016 The Australian Sociological association (TASA)
The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)

Recipient

Year Award
2017 Hunter New England Health Excellence award in the category of Integrated Health
Hunter New England Health

Scholarship

Year Award
2011 Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) (PhD)
The University of Sydney

Invitations

Committee Member

Year Title / Rationale
2019 Hunter New England Human Research Committee

Keynote Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2019 Central coast Connexions Conference: 16th Annual Conference:Think about the Links: Violence, abuse and neglect

Panel Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2019 Violence against women: 16 days of activism

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2019 Violence against CALD women: 16 days of activism
2019 Book Launch
2019 Culturally competent obstetric care
2019 Caring for CALD patients: Implication for culturally competent care
2018 Culturally competent obstetric care
2018 Caring for CALD patients: Implication for culturally competent care
2017 Trends and Patterns: what the research tells about domestic violence in Muslim Communities
2017 Australian Health Care System: Presented at John Hunter Hospital for International Medical Graduates
2017 Global Phenomenon of Refugees, Case of Afghanistan
2016 Domestic violence and CALD women: Case studies at Emergency Department
2015 Child protection: A multicultural Perspective”, Tafe, Diploma of community services

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
SOCA1010 Society and Culture A Sociological Introduction
School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Sessional Tutor 1/03/2010 - 1/10/2010
SOCA1010 Society and Culture A Sociological Introduction
Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle, Australia
sessional tutor 1/03/2019 - 30/12/2019
NURS1101 Foundations of Professional Practise 1A
The Faculty of Health, The University of Newcastle
Sessional Tutor 1/03/2019 - 30/12/2019
SOCA1040 Construction of Childhood, the Family and Society
The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts | Australia
Sessional Tutor 1/03/2010 - 30/09/2010
NURS1102 Primary Health Care
School of Nursing and Midwifery University of Newcastle
Sessional Tutor 1/03/2015 - 30/09/2015
SOCA1040 Constructions of Childhood, the Family and Societ
School of Humanities and Social Science - Faculty of Education and Arts - The University of Newcastle
Sessional Tutor 1/08/2009 - 30/10/2009
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Ghafournia N, Faith in Freedom Muslim Immigrant Women Experiences of Domestic Violence (2019)

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Ghafournia N, 'Pushing back against stereotypes: Muslim immigrant women s experiences of domestic violence', Working Across Difference Social Work, Social Policy and Social Justice, Red Globe Press, Macmillan International Higher Education (2019)

Journal article (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Ghafournia N, Easteal P, 'Help-Seeking Experiences of Immigrant Domestic Violence Survivors in Australia: A Snapshot of Muslim Survivors', JOURNAL OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE, (2019)
DOI 10.1177/0886260519863722
2017 Ghafournia N, 'Muslim women and domestic violence: Developing a framework for social work practice', Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 36 146-163 (2017)
DOI 10.1080/15426432.2017.1313150
2017 Ghafournia N, 'Towards a New Interpretation of Quran 4:34', Hawwa, 15 279-292 (2017)
DOI 10.1163/15692086-12341309
2014 Ghafournia N, 'Culture, Domestic Violence and Intersectionality: Beyond the Dilemma of Cultural Relativism and Universalism', The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, 11 23-32 (2014)
DOI 10.18848/2327-0055/cgp/v11i02/43668
2011 Ghafournia N, 'Battered at home, played down in policy: Migrant women and domestic violence in Australia', Aggression and Violent Behavior, 16 207-213 (2011)
DOI 10.1016/j.avb.2011.02.009
Ghafournia N, Easteal P, 'Spouse Sponsorship Policies: Focus on Serial Sponsors', Laws, 6 24-24
DOI 10.3390/laws6040024
Ghafournia N, Easteal P, 'Are Immigrant Women Visible in Australian Domestic Violence Reports that Potentially Influence Policy?', Laws, 7 32-32
DOI 10.3390/laws7040032
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $10,000

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20181 grants / $5,000

The Hunter New England Health Research and Translation Centre grant in Statistical and Health Economist Support $5,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team

Multicultural Health

Scheme Hunter Medical Research Institute
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON N

20141 grants / $5,000

Multicultural Advantage Grants Program (Community Inclusion)$5,000

The aim of the project was to build the capacity of refugee and immigrant women to be empowered to live free from violence and have the best possible physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing. The grant was granted to Hunter Women Centre in Newcastle to conduct a literature review on domestic violence in CALD communities in Australia. This has been done through organising a community consultation for CALD women from different ethnic backgrounds and a training session for service providers in the Hunter region (in which I was fully involved). Part of the funding was allocated to do a literature review on domestic violence among CALD communities.  The project was in partnership with Multicultural Health Service, Hunter New England Health.

Funding body: Multicultural NSW

Funding body Multicultural NSW
Project Team

Hunter women centre

Scheme NSW Government
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding C1600 - Aust Competitive - StateTerritory Govt
Category 1600
UON N
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Dr Nafi Ghafournia

Position

Casual Academic
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email nafi.ghafournia@newcastle.edu.au
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