- Dr Ros Darracott
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
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- Identifiers and profiles
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
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
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).
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
Workshops and training provided:
|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|
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
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
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
Outback Service Delivery Network Delegation to Charleville Community Cabinet Meeting 2005
Charleville Neighbourhood Centre Delegation to Charleville Community Cabinet Meeting 2005
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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)