Dr Kristin Bindley

Dr Kristin Bindley


Doctor of Philosophy | University of Technology Sydney

Graduate Certificate in Loss, Grief and Trauma Counselling | Flinders University

Bachelor of Social Work (First Class Honours) | Sydney University

Bachelor of Arts | Sydney University

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Social Sciences

Kristin is a Lecturer in Social Work in the School of Social Sciences. Her research interests include caring, grief and bereavement, palliative and end-of-life care, social and structural determinants of health and well-being, equity-informed approaches to health and social care, and qualitative approaches, particularly with structurally vulnerable populations in mind. Kristin completed her PhD at IMPACCT (Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation) at the University of Technology Sydney, where she is an Industry/Professional Fellow. Her PhD thesis was recognised on the 2022 UTS Chancellor’s List and focused on carer experiences of social welfare policy during and following informal care provision for someone with a life-limiting illness, specifically in relation to income support and public housing.

Kristin has practised as a social worker for over 19 years in clinical, research and project management roles, with an emphasis on bereavement and palliative care. She is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers and the national Bereavement Consultant Lead for Palliative Care Social Work Australia. Having worked extensively with bereaved family members and carers in Western Sydney, Kristin has significant experience in the provision of bereavement counselling and therapeutic support, as well as experience of related service coordination and education delivery in both clinical and academic contexts. 

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  • Journal articles | 2023
    Bindley K; Lewis J; Travaglia J; DiGiacomo M, 2023, 'Bureaucracy and burden: An Intersectionality-Based Policy Analysis of social welfare policy with consequences for carers of people with life-limiting illness', Palliative Medicine, 37, pp. 543 - 557, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/02692163221122289
    Journal articles | 2022
    Bindley K; Lewis J; Travaglia J; DiGiacomo M, 2022, 'Caring and Grieving in the Context of Social and Structural Inequity: Experiences of Australian Carers With Social Welfare Needs', Qualitative Health Research, 32, pp. 64 - 79, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/10497323211046875
    Journal articles | 2022
    Mowll J; Bindley K; Lobb EA; Sanderson C; MacLeod RM, 2022, 'I dressed her up in her best dress: The experiences of the dead body for bereaved relatives in the context of palliative care', SSM - Qualitative Research in Health, 2, pp. 100058 - 100058, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmqr.2022.100058
    Journal articles | 2021
    Bindley K; Lewis J; Travaglia J; DiGiacomo M, 2021, 'Caring precariously: An interpretive description of palliative care and welfare worker perspectives on end of life carers navigating social welfare', Palliative Medicine, 35, pp. 169 - 178, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0269216320966492
    Journal articles | 2021
    Bindley K; Lewis J; Travaglia J; DiGiacomo M, 2021, 'Social welfare needs of bereaved Australian carers: Implications of insights from palliative care and welfare workers', Health and Social Care in the Community, 29, pp. 631 - 642, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13339
    Journal articles | 2019
    Bindley K; Lewis J; Travaglia J; DiGiacomo M, 2019, 'Disadvantaged and disenfranchised in bereavement: A scoping review of social and structural inequity following expected death', Social Science and Medicine, 242, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112599
    Journal articles | 2019
    Lobb EA; Bindley K; Sanderson C; MacLeod R; Mowll J, 2019, 'Navigating the Path to Care and Death at Home – it is not always straightforward: A qualitative examination of the experiences of bereaved family caregivers in palliative care', Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice, Volume 1, pp. e3 - e3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/OR9.0000000000000003
    Journal articles | 2018
    Bindley K; May A; Pavlek W; Coller S; Kalkandis P; Dalgleish T, 2018, 'Navigating the Liminal Space: Trauma, Transition, and Connection in Bereaved Carers’ Experiences of Specialist Palliative Care in Western Sydney', Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, 14, pp. 225 - 239, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15524256.2018.1495140

2023 | Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community through palliative care initiatives

2022 | University of Technology Chancellor's List in recognition of PhD thesis

2021 | Finalist in Emerging Researcher Category, National Palliative Care Awards 

2021 | Editor's Choice Award, Palliative Medicine


Current projects

2020 - ongoing | 'Understanding the end of life needs of Culturally & Linguistically Diverse and Aboriginal Communities in WSLHD’, a mixed methods study, Western Sydney Local Health District and Western Sydney University (Advisory committee)

2021 - current | Editorial Board, Journal of Social Work in End of Life and Palliative Care

2021 - current | Industry/Professional Fellow, Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT), Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney

2020 - current | National Consultant Lead (Bereavement), Palliative Care Social Work Australia