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Dr Ros Darracott

Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work

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Name
Dr Ros Darracott
Position(s)
Lecturer
Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Public Health and Social Work - HDHS
Discipline *
Public Health and Health Services
Phone
+61 7 3138 4537
Fax
+61 7 3138 0296
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Masters of Social Work (Hons) (James Cook Uni. of North Qld), Bachelor of Social Work (James Cook Uni. of North Qld)

Professional memberships
and associations

Accredited member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, AASW

Clinical member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Rosalyn Darracott is a lecturer in the School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health at Queensland University of Technology.

She is interested in research that contributes to practices that are contextually responsive to the complex lived experiences of structurally disadvantaged people.

Dr Darracott brings twenty-five years of practice experience and networks to her academic work. She maintains an understanding of contemporary practice issues through participation in practice networks, such as the Mental Health Professionals Network, and the provision of professional supervision to practising social work and human service workers.

With practice experience that is predominantly rural and remote, Dr Darracott has specialised in non-acute mental health, statutory and non-statutory child protection, generalist-generic counselling, and community work. In 2017, her reputation and expertise in providing mental health and related services in rural and remote contexts was confirmed by her invitation to give the keynote address at the prestigious Northern Territory AASW Branch Conference ‘Dust, Diversity, and Dedication’.

Dr Darracott’s practice knowledge and experience allow her to ensure her teaching is relevant to industry. Her Practice Domain Framework,  an empirically-based tool for deconstructing the practice environment of social care has application in critical reflection, professional supervision, interdisciplinary practice, teaching, research, and recruitment and retention processes and has been adopted by academia and industry alike.

She is co-author of the book Social Care Practice in Rural Communities(Cheers, Darracott and Lonne, 2007).

Previous Appointments

Private Practice Charleville – 2005-2010

Department of Child Safety – Acting Senior Practitioner  - Roma/Charleville Service Centre – 2006-2009

Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Qld – Manager, Rural Support Team – 2000-2005

Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Qld – Cousellor – 1995-2000

Qld Health, Sexual Assault Service  - Social Worker – 1995-2000

Wagga Wagga Community Health – Social Worker, Adult Health Team -1992-93

This information has been contributed by Dr Ros Darracott.

Teaching

Workshops and training provided:

 

Topic Length Audience
Ethical practice processes 2 hrs Partners in Recovery Support Facilitators DD&SW area
The Practice Domain Framework: Unpacking the influences in the practice environment 3.5 hrs Social work staff of the Princess Alexander Hospital and Logan Hospital
safeTALK – standardised suicide alertness copyrighted program 3-4 hrs Professionals and general community
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training – standardised copyrighted program 2 days Professionals and general community
Assertiveness and self-care for human service workers 1 day Community services workers
Managing boundaries in rural practice 1 day Community services workers
Working with families with child protection issues 1 day Community services workers
Conflict Resolution 1 day Community services workers
First Point of Contact 1 day Community services workers
The Department of Child Safety:  processes and indicators 2 hour Child Care Centres
Department of Child Safety Practice Skills Development Workshops (standardised) covering a range of topics including topics such as practice frameworks and complex trauma, mental health 3 hrs Child safety staff
Food obsession 8 x 2 hr sessions General community
Stress management – various formats 1 hr – to 8 x 2 hr sessions General community, workplaces, job seekers
Women and fatigue Up to 12 x 2 hr sessions General community
Health relationships – various formats 1-2 hrs General community and women with disabilities
Supervision 4 hrs Rural financial counsellors
Frameworks for practice 4 hrs Rural financial counsellors
Conducting farm family meetings 4 hrs Rural family support workers
Values and principles of practice 4 hrs Rural family support workers
Helping skills – various formats 1 – 2 days Community services workers
Dealing with difficult people 3 hrs Home help staff, rural financial counsellors
Grief and loss – various formats 2-4 hrs Blue care, Rural family support workers, general community
Protective behaviours – various formats 1-2 hrs General community and women with disabilities
Suicide: attitudes and interventions 3 hrs Telephone counsellors/trainees
Dealing with rural callers 2 hrs Telephone counsellors
Dealing with change 2 hrs General community
Domestic violence: general awareness, various formats 2 hrs Students, community groups and general community
Domestic violence: impact on children 1-2 hrs Teachers
Working with families 2 days Rural family support workers
Parenting tweens 1 day General community
This information has been contributed by Dr Ros Darracott.

Experience

Service

Professional

Sept 2016-current   Committee member, First Nations Vitality Practice Group, AASW Qld Branch

July 2013- current   Committee member, Toowoomba Practice Group, AASW Qld Branch

Jan 2001  Representative of the Australian Association of Social Workers, Queensland Branch, at the Federal Suicide Prevention Stakeholders forum

May 1999  Guest speaker, Social Work Day, ‘The changing face of social work’, Queensland University

Community (selected)

2008-2010  Secretary Charleville Kindergarten Association Inc

2007-2009  Secretary Charleville Playgroup

2005-2010  Vice President of the Charleville Branch of the Qld Country Women’s Association

2000-2006   President of the Charleville and District Community Support Association

2004-2005  South West Regional Managers Coordination Network – recruitment and retention working party

2003-2004  Committee member, South West Strategy

2003-2005  Outback Service Delivery Network, recruitment and retention working party

2000-2005  Committee member, Outback Service Delivery Network

2000-2001  Community Support Sector Representative in the inaugural term of the Queensland Rural Ministerial Advisory Committee

1999-2000   Secretary of the Charleville and District Community Support Association

Therapeutic/Educational Groups

Mother’s matters – a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based program promoting good mental health for mothers – 9 -12 session course for mothers of young children

Creative solutions – therapeutic groups for selected individual counselling clients

Ongoing weekly group for vulnerable women covering topics such as protective behaviours, cooking, budgeting, healthy relationships, gambling, domestic violence, drugs and alcohol, women’s health, child health and parenting from August 2000 – May 2005

Delegations

Outback Service Delivery Network Delegation to Charleville Community Cabinet Meeting 2005

Charleville Neighbourhood Centre Delegation to Charleville Community Cabinet Meeting 2005

Keynotes

AASW Northern Territory Branch’s “Dust, Diversity & Dedication Conference” to be held between the 20th and 22nd March 2017 in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

“Suicide in rural areas” – Regional Youth Conference, Mackay 1998.

Conference Papers

“The Practice Domain Framework: Unpacking the influences on practice” – AASW Queensland Branches State Conference 2016, 25-26 November, Brisbane.

“Practitioners’ perspectives of what influences their practice: Australian research findings”. Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2014, July 9th – 12th, Melbourne.

“Exploring multiple truths in the practice environment: The practice domain framework as a tool for teaching, training and supervision in couple work”. The 34th Australian Family Therapy Conference 2013, October 31st – November 1st, Brisbane.

“Navigating the paths of practice”, International Rural Network Forum, Whyalla, 2012.

“But that’s what fits here: Geography and the shape of practice”, 3rd Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium, Ballarat, 2011.

“Family therapy when you’re part of the system – up to your eyeballs” – National Family Therapy Conference, Brisbane 2004.

“Applying a grief model to working with pastoralists” – 7th National Rural Health Conference, Hobart 2003.

Poster Presentations

“The applicability and refinement of the ‘Practice Domain Framework’, as a conceptual tool for understanding and guiding social care practice”, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation Postgraduate Student’s Conference, Brisbane 2011.

Conference Workshops

“Active listening skills” – Queensland Community Controlled Child Protection Conference 2016, 12-16th September, Gold Coast.

“Work/life balance and time management” – Queensland Community Controlled Child Protection Conference 2016, 12-16th September, Gold Coast.

Achievements

2011-2014 Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship (PhD)

2011-2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Initiative Scholarship (PhD)

2003  Nominated by workplace for Rural and Remote Manager of the Year, Queensland Management Excellence Awards (regional finalist)

2000-2001 Community Support Representative, Qld Rural Ministerial Advisory Council, Inaugural term

1997  Nominated by workplace for Young Australian of the Year (Outstanding achievement in the Career Achievement category)

This information has been contributed by Dr Ros Darracott.