Dr Kate Davies

Dr Kate Davies

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Kate Davies is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine. Her research seeks to better understand and address inequalities that shape people’s experiences of health. Her current research is evaluating and examining a range of program and policy approaches that seek to improve mental health outcomes for rural and remote communities. She is leading an evaluation of the Farm-Link rural suicide prevention program and contributing to evaluations and critiques of a range of integrated care models. Kate’s previous research has produced evidence-based models and strategies for enhancing the participation of people who experience mental health issues in policymaking and service delivery. She has evaluated organisational learning approaches to integrating peer workers into community-based mental health teams and examined ‘lived-experience’ as a valuable and crucial source of knowledge and expertise. Kate has previously worked throughout the Asia-Pacific region in public health and disaster risk reduction roles and brings substantial policymaking and program management expertise to her research work. 


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • disaster recovery
  • evaluation
  • international aid and development
  • mental health
  • service-user participation and lived experience
  • sociology of health

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111714 Mental Health 50
111708 Health and Community Services 25
111712 Health Promotion 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Post Doctoral Research Fellow University of Newcastle
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
31/03/2016 -  Research Associate Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/04/2012 - 20/12/2013 International Advisor Australian Red Cross
Tonga

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
GEOG1030 Global Poverty and Development
The University of Newcastle
Lecturer and tutor 1/03/2014 - 20/07/2016
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Gray M, Agllias Kylie, Davies Kate, 'Social justice feminism', The Routledge International Handbook of Social Justice, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon 173-187 (2014) [B1]
Co-authors Mel Gray, Kylie Agllias

Journal article (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Gray M, Davies K, Butcher L, 'Finding the right connections: Peer support within a community-based mental health service', International Journal of Social Welfare, (2016)

© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and the International Journal of Social Welfare.Gray M., Davies K., Butcher L. Finding the right connections: Peer support within a community-based m... [more]

© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd and the International Journal of Social Welfare.Gray M., Davies K., Butcher L. Finding the right connections: Peer support within a community-based mental health service This article reports on a qualitative study that examined the organisational enablers and barriers to implementing peer support work in an Australian, rural, community-based mental health service. Interviews with 19 peer and non-peer staff were conducted to identify attitudes towards peer support and whether there were organisational values, practices and strategies that might support the implementation of peer support. The findings revealed that peer support workers were valued for their ability to build trusting connections with clients and to accept client choice in a non-judgemental way. However, peer support workers tended to 'fill service gaps' within intensive, administrative case-management environments. These findings highlight the importance of an organisational-wide approach to integrating peer support, where the responsibilities for adopting new ways of working fall to all staff, not just the peer support workers themselves. Key Practitioner Message: ¿ Practitioners placed high value on the peer support workers on their teams due to their unique personalised engagement with clients; ¿ The roles of peer support workers were poorly understood by team members; ¿ Organisational integration of peer support principles could improve the way all staff engage with clients to reflect a recovery orientation.

DOI 10.1111/ijsw.12222
Co-authors Mel Gray
2015 Davies K, Gray M, 'Mental health service users' aspirations for recovery: Examining the gaps between what policy promises and practice delivers', British Journal of Social Work, 45 i45-i61 (2015) [C1]

© The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers.This paper draws on findings from an Australian study of mental hea... [more]

© The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers.This paper draws on findings from an Australian study of mental health service users' perspectives on service user participation to examine the challenges for translating recovery policy into practice. It considers the ways in which national mental health policies and developing welfare reforms reflect and/or contradict the highly personal mode of recovery important to service users; though they seemingly signal potential wins for service user empowerment, they are accompanied by losses for those who do not fit neatly into clinical categorisations. The service users (n = 11) and service providers (n = 6) interviewed for this exploratory qualitative study revealed that recovery was a lifelong process of fluctuating capacity and described a system poorly equipped and often unwilling to move beyond tokenistic modes of participation. The analysis of service user perspectives against the backdrop of policy reform reveals the ongoing tensions between personal and clinical definitions of recovery.

DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcv089
Co-authors Mel Gray
2014 Davies K, Gray M, Butcher L, 'Lean on me: the potential for peer support in a non-government Australian mental health service', Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 24 109-121 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/02185385.2014.885213
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Mel Gray
2014 Davies K, Gray M, Webb SA, 'Putting the parity into service-user participation: An integrated model of social justice', International Journal of Social Welfare, 23 119-127 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/ijsw.12049
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Mel Gray
Davies K, Gray M, 'The place of service-user expertise in evidence-based practice', Journal of Social Work,
DOI 10.1177/1468017316637222
Co-authors Mel Gray
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Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Rich JL, Booth A, Rowlands A, Reddy P, Crestani A, Davies K, 'The Step by Step bush fire support service: evaluation of a psycho-social recovery and resilience model' (2016)
Co-authors Angela Booth, Jane Rich
2014 Davies K, Gray M, Butcher L, 'Examining the potential for peer support work to enhance recovery-oriented practice', 6th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium (2014)
Co-authors Mel Gray

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Davies K, Service-user perspectives on evidence: Shaping participatory mental health and homelessness services, University of Newcastle (2012)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $90,000

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20141 grants / $90,000

Social Work$90,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Professor Mel Gray, Doctor Kylie Agllias, Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Doctor Leanne Schubert, Doctor Milena Heinsch, Doctor Kate Davies, Ms Tiani Hetherington
Scheme Research Programme 2014
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1400923
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.4

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 PhD Poverty Reduction in Uganda. The case of National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) Program
PhD (Social Work), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Research Projects

Evaluation of the Farm-Link rural suicide prevention program 2016

Dr Davies is leading an evaluation of the Farm-Link program; a suicide prevention program delivered in rural New South Wales by the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health.

The purpose of the research is to evaluate the impact of the Farm-Link program. The Farm-Link program is delivered by the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health with funding support from the Australian Government – Department of Health. The program aims to support the mental health and wellbeing of people who work on farms in the New England North West region of New South Wales. The evaluation will look at whether, and how, people who have participated in Farm-Link training activities are able to use the skills and knowledge from this training in their day-to-day lives. It will evaluate the impact of the program on people’s attitudes towards suicide, their knowledge regarding suicide and suicide prevention and their self-care. Community members and professionals who have participated in training activities will have an opportunity to give their feedback about the relevance and usefulness of their participation in the Farm-Link program and the findings from the research will inform improved program designs in the future.


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Research Opportunities

PhD scholarship available

Scholarship available to support a PhD student to undertaken research on peer support and rural mental health.

PHD

Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

2/08/2016 - 1/10/2017

Contact

Doctor Kate Davies
University of Newcastle
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
kate.davies@newcastle.edu.au

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News

PhD Scholarship - Peer support and rural mental health

August 8, 2016

A PhD scholarship is available to investigate peer support and rural mental health under the supervision of Dr Kate Davies and A / Prof Kerry Inder.

Dr Kate Davies

Positions

Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Casual Academic
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email kate.davies@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4042 1623

Office

Room HMRI, Level 4 West
Building Hunter Medical Research Institute
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