Dr Kathleen Felton
This person does not currently hold a position at QUT.
Dr Kathleen Felton completed her doctoral research in the area of client outcomes measurement for social work practice in hospital contexts. The key proposal of this thesis was that the concept of meaning-based quality of life offered strong synergies with the ethics and values underpinning social work and offered a useful way forward in conceptualising and measuring social work sensitive client outcomes. Over the last 16 years Kathleen has worked extensively in the statutory child protection field in Qld, Australia. Within this context, she has developed expertise in the area of service delivery improvement and evaluation, including, quality assurance, serious case and child death reviews; staff recruitment, selection and development in human services. Kathleen is currently engaged in research collaborations in the areas of child protection practice, inclusive education and innovative teaching pedagogies in higher education.
Quality of Life (QoL) measurement
Child protection practice
Scholarship of teaching and learning
Research Impacts Kathleen's PhD thesis is widely accessed and has had an important impact on the field of service delivery to the most vulnerable people in Qld, including key concepts being employed by the Department of Communities (Child Safety and Disability Services) for service delivery to persons with a disability. As part of this research, Kathleen developed a draft standardised instrument for outcome measurement in the health field, known as the Qol-SW. The development of this instrument potentially has a significant impact for the social work profession in being able to better conceptualise and measure its unique contribution to client-focused health care, along with an enhanced ability for the profession to deliver evidence-based services in this setting.
Doctor Of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), The University of Queensland
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Queensland
social work, human services, scholarship of teaching and learning, quality of life, e-Portfolio, work integrated learning, International students, anthropology, professional identity
Social Work, Anthropology
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- Doctor of Philosophy (University of Queensland)