Dr Ros Darracott
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BiographyRos 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. The Practice Domain Framework, an empirically-based tool for deconstructing the practice environment of social care refined through her PhD, has application in critical reflection, professional supervision, interdisciplinary practice, teaching, research, and recruitment and retention processes. She is co-author of the book Social Care Practice in Rural Communities(Cheers, Darracott and Lonne, 2007).
Public Health and Health Services
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- 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)
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) Social work 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) Health, well-being and the human condition (Master of Social Work (Q)) Contemporary Human rights (Bachelor of social work and human services courses) Practice theories (Bachelor of social work and human services courses) Supervision of Honours dissertations
Completed Borderline personality disorder: A critical discourse analysis. An analysis of how professional discourse contributes to the stigmatisation of BPD. In progress The construction of 'resilience' by practitioners who work with young people The contribution of peer support to maintaining a social work gaze whilst on placement
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 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. Early indicators of out of home care placement breakdown in rural and remote areas - with Anglicare SW Can family based treatment for anorexia nervosa be effectively delivered through video conferencing? with Dr Tania Withington (CYMHS), Dr Judith Burton, Dr Esben Strodl & Dr Danielle Davidson Prior research projects The Practice Domain Framework implementation project - a partnership with the Princess Alexandra Hospital 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. Engagement Teaching and research support to the Cherbourg-QUT 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 knowledges 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 Professional memberships 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 - Rural Family 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 R, Lonne B, (2017) Rural and remote practice, Social work and human services best practice (2nd edition), pp. 185-207.
- King J, Edwards N, Correa-Velez I, Darracott R, 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, 10 (4), pp. 222-232.
- Cheers B, Darracott R, Lonne B, (2007) Social care practice in rural communities, Federation Press.
- Lonne B, Darracott R, (2006) Rural and remote communities. In J Wilson & W Hong Chui, Social work and human services best practice, Federation Press, pp. 1-241.
- Cheers B, Darracott R, Lonne B, (2005) Domains of rural social work practice, Rural Society, 15 (3), pp. 234-251.
- 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