Dr Kim Stewart

Dr Kim Stewart
NameDr Kim Stewart
Email Addresskim.stewart@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleLecturer (Social Work and Human Services)
QualificationsBA Murdoch, BSc Griffith, MSocWk QUT, DCI QUT
DepartmentSchool of Psychology and Wellbeing
AffiliationsCentre for Health Research
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I began working in academia after completing a Doctorate in 2019. My research has been concentrated on the enablers of the voices of people with disability in society.

Prior to that I worked as a social worker on numerous grant-funded community development projects, as a sexual violence counsellor and with people with disability or other factors that affected their participation in society.

I have a long career in community broadcasting as a producer, trainer and advocate for others to be included and have a voice, founding the Audio Ability Project and working with the Community Media Training Organisation; and as an environmental justice campaigner where I began to understand the myriad impacts of social and environmental factors on people's lives.


Lecturer Human Services & CounselingAustralian Institute of Professional Counsellors20202023
Researcher - Audio Ability Accessible Training & MentorshipsCommunity Media Training Organisation20172023
ConsultantReading Radio Australia (RPHA)20182019
Coordinator (Volunteer)Ability Radio Project20152023
Disability Advocate4ZZZ Community radio20172022
Climate justice & anti-nuclear campaignerFriends of the Earth20002017


Accessibility, community development, community empowerment, community media, disability, diversity, empowerment, environmental justice, gender & violence, human rights, inequality, intersectionality, social inclusion, social justice, voice.


Course development for Bachelor Social Work.

Fields of Research

  • 440902. Counselling, wellbeing and community services

Professional Membership

Professional MembershipYear
Australian Association of Social Workers
Community & Alternative Media Research Association
Project titleDetailsYear
Audio Ability Accessible Training and Mentorships ProjectMy doctoral research was integral to the receipt of an Information Linkages & Capacity building grant with the Community Media Training Organisation. I am the project researcher. The success of the pilot Audio Ability Accessible Training & Mentorships Project group has led to an extension of the grant over three years.2022
DateNameAwarding organisationUnderpinning research
2015Tony Staley Excellence in Community Broadcasting AwardCommunity Broadcasting Association of Australia

Community Media Training Organisation Audio Ability Mentoring & Training Project Cohort 2 evaluation

Stewart, Kim, Topal, Ugur, Purves, Gemma, Newton, Heli, Behan, Belle, Velleley, Jason and Caputo, Giordana. 2024. Community Media Training Organisation Audio Ability Mentoring & Training Project Cohort 2 evaluation. Australia. Community Media Training Organisation.

Researching media participation by listening to people with disability

Stewart, Kim and Spurgeon, Christina. 2020. "Researching media participation by listening to people with disability." Media Culture and Society. 42 (6), pp. 969-986. https://doi.org/10.1177/0163443719890536

Community radio providing opportunities for voice in Brisbane and beyond

Stewart, Kim, O'Dea, Paul and Cherry, Michael. 2019. "Community radio providing opportunities for voice in Brisbane and beyond." Intellectual Disability Australasia. 40 (4), pp. 6-10.