Ms Kirsti Haracz

Lecturer

School of Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy)

Career Summary

Biography

Research Expertise
My major areas of research interest include: Occupational therapy in mental health Occupational therapy and obesity Occupational therapy education Schizophrenia

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 well being 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.






Qualifications

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

Keywords

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

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
110321Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)40
111714Mental Health40
130103Higher Education20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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)

Background: The effective preparation of occupational therapy students for mental health practice is critical to facilitate positive consumer outcomes, underpin optimal practice and support new graduates' professional identity. This project was established to determine a set of 'educational priorities' for occupational therapy students to prepare them for current (and future) entry-level practice in mental health, from the perspective of mental health occupational therapists in Australia and New Zealand. Methods: The study included two phases. In Phase One, participants identified what they considered to be important educational priorities for occupational therapy students to prepare them for practice in mental health. For Phase Two, an 'expert panel' was assembled to review and rank these using a Policy Delphi approach. Results: Eighty-five participants provided educational priorities in Phase One. These were grouped into a total of 149 educational themes. In Phase Two, the expert panel (consisting of 37 occupational therapists from diverse locations and practice settings) prioritised these themes across three Delphi rounds. A final priority list was generated dividing educational themes into three prioritised categories: 29 'Essential', 25 'Important' and 44 'Optional' priorities. Highest-ranked priorities were: clinical reasoning, client-centred practice, therapeutic use of self, functional implications of mental illness, therapeutic use of occupation and mental health fieldwork experience. Conclusion: The priority list developed as part of this project provides additional information to support the review of occupational therapy curricula across Australia and New Zealand to ensure that new graduates are optimally prepared for mental health practice.

DOI10.1111/1440-1630.12194
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]
DOI10.1111/1440-1630.12179
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]
DOI10.1111/1440-1630.12063Author URL
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsMichael Hazelton, Susan Ryan, Carole James
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]
DOI10.1111/1440-1630.12065
CitationsScopus - 1
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]
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsLauren Williams
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Conference (13 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Lupton B, James CL, 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) [E3]
Co-authorsCarole James, Samantha Ashby
2014Williams N, Haracz K, Robson E, Roach I, Edwards E, James CL, Ashby S, '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) [E3]
Co-authorsCarole James, Samantha Ashby
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)
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]
DOI10.1111/1440-1630.12060
Co-authorsMichael Hazelton, Carole James, Susan Ryan
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]
DOI10.1111/1440-1630.12060
Co-authorsSusan Ryan, Carole James, Michael Hazelton
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]
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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]
DOI10.1111/j.1440-1630.2012.01028.x
Co-authorsLauren Williams
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-authorsLauren Williams
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]
Co-authorsSusan Ryan, Michael Hazelton
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]
2009Findlay NA, Haracz K, Johnston CL, MacDonald-Wicks LK, 'Interprofessional teaching of reflection in undergraduate health science programs', ANZAME09 Handbook, Launceston, NSW (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsCath Johnston, Lesley Wicks
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-authorsSusan Ryan
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

Summary

Number of grants6
Total funding$51,447

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20131 grants / $1,500

Occupational Therapy Australia 25 National Conference & Exhibition, Adelaide 24-26 July 13$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamMs Kirsti Haracz
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300757
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20122 grants / $34,822

Teaching Relief - Haracz$24,822

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Kirsti Haracz, Professor Darren Rivett
SchemeEquity Research Fellowship
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1100911
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project Team
SchemeDiscovery Project
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20092 grants / $14,400

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Kirsti Haracz
SchemeEarly Career Researcher Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0190393
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Understanding and Enhancing Male OT Student Experience$4,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project Team
SchemeEquity Initiative Project Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20081 grants / $725

OT Australia 23rd National Conference, Sofietel Melbourne, 12/9/2008 - 13/9/2008$725

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Kirsti Haracz
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189296
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015Art and Sensory Environments: An Exploration of Tourette Syndrome and the Art of Abstract Play to Enhance Mental Health and Inclusive Quality of Life
Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
2014An Investigation into Mental Health Consumers' Experience of Participation in a Community Soccer Program
Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
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Ms Kirsti Haracz

Position

Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Occupational Therapy

Contact Details

Emailkirsti.haracz@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 6338
Fax(02) 4921 7053

Office

RoomHB02
BuildingHunter Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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