Personal details

Name
Dr Debbie Duthie
Position(s)
Senior 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 *
Cultural Studies, Social Work
Phone
+61 7 3138 5993
Fax
+61 7 3138 3982
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

Reinvigorating the Domestic Violence Sector (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services) (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) Chief Investigator Australian New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER) Member

Keywords

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, Recruitment and retention, Domestic Violence sector, Workplace bullying and harassment, Social Work practice

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

Biography

Deb is a Wakka Wakka Warumungu woman with family ties to Cherbourg Queensland and Tennant Creek Northern Territory. She is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Social Work (Faculty of Health) and previously was the Senior Lecturer and Academic Advisor at QUT’s Oodgeroo Unit (Indigenous Student Support). Deb co-developed, coordinates and lectures in QUT’s first Indigenous Knowledges Minor. The Indigenous Knowledges Minor consists of four units and covers topics such as Indigenous politics; Cultural safety; Representations of Indigenous peoples; and Indigenous research ethics and protocols. Deb has also lectured in the QUT School of Social Work and Human Services since 2002 in a range of social work and human services practice units and developed and coordinated two specific social work and human services units directly addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait practice: The Socio-Cultural Context of Professional Practice unit (Masters of Social Work) and the Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities unit (Undergraduate). For the past 6 years, Deb has successfully coordinated the Cherbourg-QUT Project whereby transdisciplinary student teams collaborate with Industry partners on Aboriginal Community-initiated projects using a participatory action research framework. In a practice context, Deb has 10 years’ experience working in the domestic and family violence sector and with families experiencing homelessness. Deb completed her PhD – Reinvigorating the domestic violence sector: Systemically addressing power, conflict and practitioner turnover in the domestic violence sector – in 2012.

Deb has been awarded the QUT Vice Chancellors Excellence Award for the Cherbourg-QUT Project (2014), the Australian Award for University Teaching (2016), the David Gardener Teacher of the Year Award (2018) and the Australian Technology Network Learning and Teaching Excellence Award (2018) for her work in teaching Indigenous Knowledges and Studies.

Research interests include Cultural Safety in social work and human services practice, embedding Indigenous Knowledges in tertiary curriculum, social issues impacting on Aboriginal self-determination, and domestic and family violence.

This information has been contributed by Dr Debbie Duthie.

Teaching

Indigenous Knowledges Minor

  • Smash the Act: Contemporary Indigenous Politics
  • Yadtjuligin: Cultural Safety in the Indigenous Australian Context
  • Am I Black Enough? Indigenous Australian Representation
  • Indigenous Knowledges: Research Ethics and Protocols

Social Work and Human Services

  • Socio-cultural Contexts of Professional Practice (Master of Social Work)
  • Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities
  • Casework and Case Management
  • Practice Theories
  • Team Practice and Group Processes
  • Child and Family

The Cherbourg-QUT Project

This project engages students from across all disciplines at QUT to support community-initiated projects within the Cherbourg Aboriginal Community. Projects have included the development of a Youth Council specific to Cherbourg Young People; writing of policy and procedures; resourcing the Indigenous Knowledge Centre; Landscape design; Informing Business start-ups; and recording of Elders stories.

This information has been contributed by Dr Debbie Duthie.

Publications

For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence: The Cherbourg-QUT Project Team Faculty of Health, Faculty of Law, Science and Engineering Faculty, Chancellery, Faculty of Law Dr Debbie Duthie, Dr Philip Crane, Catherine Campbell, Anne Spencer, Dr Paul Donehue, Dr Jodi Death Innovative and creative practice, Learning and teaching, Partnerships and engagement
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2015
Details
Australian Awards for Academic Teaching: For inspiring and transformative teaching of Indigenous Studies to social work and human services students to prepare them for culturally safe practice This award acknowledges Deb Duthie's inspiring and transformative teaching of Indigenous Studies to social work and human services students to prepare them for culturally safe practice. For social work and human services students to undertake effective culturally safe practice with Indigenous peoples, the design and delivery of Indigenous Studies must be conducted within an environment that engenders 'open' discussion to overcome unconscious and unexamined perceptions. Debs blended teaching approaches foster such open discussion in 'safe' learning environments, in the classroom, online and through field experiences in Aboriginal communities. The recognition of teaching excellence in this area influences social work and human services higher education programs in designing learning and teaching