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

Code Description Percentage
110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy) 40
111714 Mental Health 40
130103 Higher Education 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University 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For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Scanlan 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)

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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.

DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12194
2014 Haracz 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]
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12179
2013 Haracz K, Ryan S, Hazelton M, James C, 'Occupational therapy and obesity: An integrative literature review', AUSTRALIAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY JOURNAL, 60 356-365 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12063
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Michael Hazelton, Susan Ryan, Carole James
2013 Cordier 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]
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12065
Citations Scopus - 1
2012 Mahony 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]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Lauren Williams
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Conference (13 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Lupton 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-authors Carole James, Samantha Ashby
2014 Williams 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-authors Carole James, Samantha Ashby
2013 Pepin 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)
2013 James 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]
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12060
Co-authors Carole James, Susan Ryan, Michael Hazelton
2013 James 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]
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12060
Co-authors Susan Ryan, Carole James, Michael Hazelton
2013 McKay 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]
2011 Mahony 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2012.01028.x
Co-authors Lauren Williams
2011 Mahony 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
2010 Haracz 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-authors Susan Ryan, Michael Hazelton
2010 McKay 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]
2009 Findlay NA, Haracz K, Johnston CL, MacDonald-Wicks LK, 'Interprofessional teaching of reflection in undergraduate health science programs', ANZAME09 Handbook, Launceston, NSW (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Cath Johnston
2009 Haracz 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
2008 Haracz 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 grants 6
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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Ms Kirsti Haracz
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300757
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20122 grants / $34,822

Teaching Relief - Haracz$24,822

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Ms Kirsti Haracz, Professor Darren Rivett
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1100911
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Discovery Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Ms Kirsti Haracz
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190393
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Understanding and Enhancing Male OT Student Experience$4,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Equity Initiative Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $725

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Ms Kirsti Haracz
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189296
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Art 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
2014 An 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

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

Office

Room HB02
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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