Staff Profile


Career Summary


  • Master of Science (Occupational Therapy), Coventry University - England
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), University of Sydney, 29/10/1993


Research keywords

  • Grounded Theory
  • Lifestyle
  • Mental Health
  • Obesity
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Education
  • Qualitative Research

Research expertise

My major areas of research interest include:

Occupational therapy in mental health

Occupational therapy and obesity

Occupational therapy education


Fields of Research

111714Mental Health40
110321Rehabilitation And Therapy (Excl. Physiotherapy)40
130103Higher Education20


Teaching keywords

  • Groupwork
  • Mental Health
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Qualitative Research

Teaching expertise

Drawing on her experience as an occupational therapist in mental health Kirsti has responsibility for curriculum development, teaching and course co-ordination of courses relating to mental health and psychosocial wellbeing and group work in occupational therapy. Kirsti also teaches qualitative research methods.Kirsti is also involved in projects associated with her teaching role which include, facilitating a program supporting male students who are a minority in occupational therapy, coordinating the Occupational Therapy Seminar Series and developing innovative options for professional placement in mental health.



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Journal article (5 outputs)

2015Scanlan JN, Pépin G, Haracz K, Ennals P, Webster JS, Meredith PJ, et al., 'Identifying educational priorities for occupational therapy students to prepare for mental health practice in Australia and New Zealand: Opinions of practising occupational therapists', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, (2015)
2014Haracz K, Barnett F, 'Significant improvements in weight, body mass index and waist circumference for participants at the end of a 10-week health promotion intervention for people with mental disorders were not maintained at the six-month follow-up', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 61 464-465 (2014) [C3]
2013Haracz K, Ryan S, Hazelton M, James C, 'Occupational therapy and obesity: An integrative literature review', AUSTRALIAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY JOURNAL, 60 356-365 (2013) [C1]
2013Cordier R, Haracz K, 'A behavioural weight-loss programme for overweight and obese adults with serious mental health illness significantly reduced weight over an 18-month period', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 60 304-305 (2013) [C3]
2012Mahony G, Haracz K, Williams LT, 'How mental health occupational therapists address issues of diet with their clients: A qualitative study', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 59 294-301 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Lauren williams

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Conference (13 outputs)

2014James CL, Williams N, Haracz K, Robson E, Roach I, Edwards E, 'Mental health service-users¿ perspectives of support in an IPS supported employment program. A qualitative study', NSW & ACT Conference - Occupational Therapy: A life practice, Sydney, Australia (2014)

Co-authors: CAROLE JAMES

2014James CL, Lupton B, Ashby S, Haracz K, 'An investigation into mental health participants¿ experience of a community street soccer program: a grounded theory study', NSW & ACT Conference - Occupational Therapy: A life practice, Sydney, Australia (2014)
2013James C, Haracz K, Hazelton M, Ryan S, 'Addressing a global epidemic: a review of the evidence for occupational therapy practice in managing the causes and consequences of obesity', Special Issue: Occupational Therapy Australia, Adelaide (2013) [E3]
2013McKay E, Haracz K, Donnellan G, Mahon D, Sheldon S, 'Mental health users' experiences of participation and inclusion: a international study', BRITISH JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (2013) [E3]
2013James C, Haracz K, Hazelton M, Ryan S, '¿Doing as much as I can¿: Experiences of Living with the ¿Double Whammy¿ of Schizophrenia and obesity: Implications for Occupational Therapy Practice', Special Issue: Occupational Therapy Australia, Adelaide (2013) [E3]
2013Pepin G, Ennals P, Haracz K, Scanlan J, Meredith P, Webster J, et al., 'Preparing occupational therapy graduates for mental health practice: A unified approach to advancing education, practice and research in mental health occupational therapy', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal: Special Issue: Occupational Therapy Australia, 25th National Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide, SA (2013)
2011Mahony G, Williams LT, Haracz K, 'Providing diet-related interventions to clients with a severe mental illness: Where does the OT role stop, and the dietitian role start?', Nutrition and Dietetics: Dietitians Association of Australia 29th National Conference Oral Program, Adelaide (2011) [E3]

Co-authors: Lauren williams

2011Mahony G, Haracz K, Williams LT, 'How do mental health Occupational Therapists address issues of diet with their clients? A qualitative study', Proceedings of the 24th Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference, Gold Coast, QLD (2011) [E3]
2010Haracz K, Hazelton MJ, Ryan SE, 'Women with schizophrenia: Enabling engagement in occupations to manage their weight', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Brighton, UK (2010) [E3]
2010McKay E, Doran S, Henderick A, Sumsion T, Haracz K, 'Using the ICF as a framework to explore mental health service users experiences of activities, participation and environment: An international study', 15th World Federation of Occupational Therapists Conference, Santiago, Chile (2010) [E3]
2009Haracz K, Ryan SE, Judge JD, 'A woman's world: The experience of male occupational therapy students', National Men's Health Gathering 2009: Program and Abstracts, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E3]

Co-authors: SUSAN RYAN

2009Findlay NA, Haracz K, Johnston CL, MacDonald-Wicks LK, 'Interprofessional teaching of reflection in undergraduate health science programs', ANZAME09 Handbook, Launceston, NSW (2009) [E3]
2008Haracz K, 'Constructivist Grounded Theory Method: A research methodology to help create a future of client centred evidence based practice in occupational therapy', OT Australia 23rd National Conference and Exhibition 2008, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E3]
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants6
Total funding$51,447

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2013 (1 grants)

Occupational Therapy Australia 25 National Conference & Exhibition, Adelaide 24-26 July 13$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Ms Kirsti Haracz
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

2012 (2 grants)

Teaching Relief - Haracz$24,822
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Ms Kirsti Haracz, Professor Darren Rivett
Equity Research FellowshipInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Simulated Professional Communication: Creative Strategies for Accelerating Reflective Professional Leadership Skills and Decision-making through Role-play$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Discovery ProjectInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

2009 (2 grants)

How do women living with schizophrenia perceive and perform activities to manage their weight and promote their own health$9,900
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Ms Kirsti Haracz
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Understanding and Enhancing Male OT Student Experience$4,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Equity Initiative Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

2008 (1 grants)

OT Australia 23rd National Conference, Sofietel Melbourne, 12/9/2008 - 13/9/2008$725
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Ms Kirsti Haracz
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.4

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20152019PhD (Environ & Occupat Hlth)Co-SupervisorArt and Sensory Environments: An Exploration of Tourette Syndrome and the Art of Abstract Play to Enhance Mental Health and Inclusive Quality of Life
20142020PhD (Occupational Therapy)Co-SupervisorAn Investigation into Mental Health Consumers' Experience of Participation in a Community Soccer Program

Ms Kirsti Haracz

Work Phone(02) 4921 6338
Fax(02) 4921 7053
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaOccupational Therapy
Hunter Building,
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308