- Dr Ros Darracott
Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work
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Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Public Health and Social Work - HDHS
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- Public Health and Health Services
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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)
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Ros 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 has a particular interest in rural and remote issues, including the intersection of social, economic and environmental policy and how this impacts on individual, family, and community well-being; and the contribution of formal services to social care.
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. 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).
Teaching is underpinned by social constructionism and critical theory, aiming to develop practitioners who are culturally safe, skilled, compassionate, curious, theory- and research-driven, and critical in their analysis. Exploring ways to embed Indigenous perspectives into curriculum and de-centring Western constructions of knowledge are key areas of teaching interest.
Units coordinated at QUT include:
Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities (Bachelor of social work and human services courses) Current
Understanding families and relationships (Bachelor of social work and human services courses) Current
Professional practice processes and assessment (Bachelor of social work and human services courses)
Advanced social work project (research) (Bachelor of social work and human services courses)
Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities (MSW(Q)) Current
Child, youth and family practice (MSW(Q)) Current
Social work assessment and intervention (MSW(Q))
Socio-cultural context of professional practice (MSW(Q))
Guest teaching and/or tutoring into:
Mental health and social work (Bachelor of social work and human services courses)
Health well-being and social work (Bachelor of social work and human services courses)
Contemporary Human rights (Bachelor of social work and human services courses)
Practice theories (Bachelor of social work and human services courses)
Summary of research and teaching interests
- Teaching cross-culturally and embedding Indigenous perspectives in curriculum
- Developing culturally safe and contextually responsive practice that recognises the diversity and intersectionality of human experience
- Social and emotional well-being in rural and remote contexts
- Processes of disadvantage and oppression
- Responding to complexity in practice
- Community disaster mitigation, response, and recovery in rural and remote contexts
- Approaches to social care practice in rural and remote contexts
Current research projects
The Practice Domain Framework implementation project – a partnership with the Princess Alexandra Hospital
Recent graduates’ experiences of innovative practice responses to complexity within the human services sector – with Dr Danielle Davidson
Student success and retention initiatives: Analysing student experience and program effectiveness – SWAHPS – with student partners, Dr Kathy Ellem (UQ), and Stacey Lowe.
Prior research projects
PhD: The development and refinement of the Practice Domain Framework as a conceptual tool for understanding and guiding practice
Master of Social Work: The impacts of imposed change on pastoralists in South West Qld.
Teaching and research support to the QUT/Cherbourg community engagement projects – current focus on first aid preparedness of various groups in the community including children, and community-embedded responses to social and emotional vulnerability
Member of the Faculty of Health working group on embedding cultural safety and Indigenous perspectives in curriculum
School of Public Health and Social Work mentoring coordinator
SWAHPS (student peer mentoring program) co-ordinator
Committe member, First Nations Vitality Group, Australian Association of Social Workers Qld Branch (AASW) practice group
Committee member, Toowoomba Social Work Practice Group, Australian Association of Social Workers Qld Branch (AASW) practice group
Member – Eco-social work interest group, Toowoomba
Accredited member of the AASW
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, AASW
Clinical member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy
Prior work experience
QUT, sessional academic 2011-2015
Private Practice Toowoomba 2011- 2015
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/practitioner, Rural Support Team – 2000-2005
Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Qld – Counsellor – 1995-2000
Qld Health, Sexual Assault Service (on call) – Social Worker – 1995-1997
Wagga Wagga Community Health – Social Worker , Adult Health Team & on-call Sexual Assault Service -1992-93
- Darracott RM, Lonne B, (2017) Rural and remote practice, Social work and human services best practice (2nd edition) p185-207
- King JA, Edwards NS, Correa-Velez I, Darracott RM, Fordyce M, (2016) Restrictive practices on refugees in Australia with intellectual disability and challenging behaviours: a family's story, Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities p222-232
- Cheers B, Darracott R, Lonne B, (2007) Social care practice in rural communities p1-203
- Lonne B, Darracott R, (2006) Rural and remote communities, Social work and human services best practice p1-241
- Cheers B, Darracott R, Lonne B, (2005) Domains of rural social work practice, Rural Society: the journal of research into rural and regional social issues in Australia p234-251
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.
- What is the potential for community development undertaken by social work students on placement to assist community organisations impacted by neoliberalism?
PhD, Principal Supervisor
Other supervisors: Dr Fotina Hardy
- Co-design and pilot of an intervention for young people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and their families
PhD, Associate Supervisor
Other supervisors: Dr Judith Burton
- What does it take to live in the same geographical location following repeated natural disasters?
Masters by Research, Associate Supervisor
Other supervisors: Dr Sam Toloo Sheikhzadeh Yazd