Dr Kirsti Haracz

Dr Kirsti Haracz

Lecturer

School of Health Sciences (Occupational Therapy)

Career Summary

Biography

Kirsti Haracz is a lecturer in occupational therapy at the University of Newcastle. Before entering academia Kirsti worked as an occupational therapist in both Australia and the United Kingdom for 13 years. Since coming to the University of Newcastle in 2006 Kirsti has been involved in designing and delivering courses about group processes, mental health, and leisure and lifestyle in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons) Program. Kirsti has also been involved in the delivery of a cross-disciplinary research methods course. Kirsti is currently co-supervising four PhD students and five honours students and has supervised 17 honours students in previous years. She is a member of the Critically Appraised Papers Advisory Board for the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal and a reviewer for a number of journals.

Kirsti’s area of specialty both in her clinical career and in her research and teaching, is the field of mental health. In particular Kirsti is interested in the nexus between physical and mental health and the role of lifestyle in promoting and maintaining health. Kirsti’s PhD research explored the experience of women with schizophrenia spectrum disorders of managing their weight.  Kirsti has also been involved in other studies exploring related issues such as the role of occupational therapists in addressing issues of diet in people with mental illness, and the role of occupational therapy in addressing obesity.

Kirsti is also passionate about helping to effectively prepare future occupational therapists for mental health practice. She collaborated with academics from the school of performing arts to design a model for providing simulation in a mental health occupational therapy course. She is also a member of a group of mental health occupational therapy academics from across Australia and New Zealand researching curriculum design to prepare occupational therapists for mental health practice

Research Expertise
My major areas of research interest include: physical health of people with mental health disorders, occupational therapy in mental health, occupational therapy and obesity, and occupational therapy education.

Teaching Expertise
I have responsibility for curriculum development, teaching and course co-ordination of courses relating to mental health and psychosocial well being, group processes and groups as therapy and lifestyle and leisure in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons) Program. I have also been involved in the delivery of a cross disciplinary research methods course.






Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • 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.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Haracz K, McKay E, Mahon D, Donellan G, Sheldon S, Ryan S, 'Participation and inclusion. Mental health service users' live experience - an international study.', Participation in health and welfare services. Professional concepts and lived experience., Routledge, Oxford 209-225 (2017) [B1]
Citations Scopus - 1

Journal article (18 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Haracz K, Ashby S, 'Social skills training shows comparable effectiveness with other interventions, including medications, for reducing negative symptoms in people with psychotic disorders', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 66 121-122 (2019)
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12545
Co-authors Samantha Ashby
2019 Conn A, Bourke N, James C, Haracz K, 'Occupational therapy intervention addressing weight gain and obesity in people with severe mental illness: A scoping review', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 66 446-457 (2019) [C1]

© 2019 Occupational Therapy Australia Background: Individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness have higher rates of obesity than the general population due to a range of facto... [more]

© 2019 Occupational Therapy Australia Background: Individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness have higher rates of obesity than the general population due to a range of factors, including: medication side effects, poor nutrition and reduced physical activity. Obesity is associated with increased mortality and reduced quality of life. Evidence suggests that lifestyle interventions can be effective in addressing this issue. While such interventions would appear to fit within the scope of practice of occupational therapy, there is no publication synthesising the existing literature regarding occupational therapy interventions addressing lifestyle factors associated with obesity. Aim: To determine what is known from the existing literature about occupational therapy interventions addressing weight gain and obesity in adults diagnosed with severe mental illness. Methods: A scoping review was conducted. Searches were performed in online databases, occupational therapy journals and grey literature databases. Thematic analysis occurred across all articles included in the review. Results: A total of 14 articles were included in the review. Analysis revealed a central theme of supporting occupational performance and participation in health promoting occupations. This central theme consisted of four categories; facilitating client-centred practice, addressing personal performance issues, addressing environmental barriers and providing the ¿just right¿ challenge. Conclusion/Significance: These findings suggest occupational therapists are providing occupation focused interventions that are aligned with current clinical guidelines. However, more research is required to strengthen evidence-based occupational therapy practice in this important area.

DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12575
Co-authors Carole James
2018 Cavanagh B, Haracz K, Lawry M, James C, 'It s like another world: the perceived beneficial effects of an artistically designed multisensory environment', Medical humanities, 45 52-59 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1136/medhum-2018-011492
Co-authors Miranda Lawry, Carole James
2018 Haracz K, Hazelton M, James C, 'The "Double Whammy": Women's Experiences of Weight Gain After Diagnosis and Treatment for Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders.', The Journal of nervous and mental disease, 206 303-309 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1097/nmd.0000000000000803
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Carole James, Michael Hazelton
2018 Arrighi G, Irvine C, Joyce B, Haracz K, 'Reimagining role and character : An approach to acting training for role-play simulation in the tertiary education setting', Applied Theatre Research, 6 89-106 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1386/atr.6.2.89_1
Co-authors Clare Irvine, Gillian Arrighi
2017 Scanlan JN, Meredith PJ, Haracz K, Ennals P, Pépin G, Webster JS, et al., 'Mental health education in occupational therapy professional preparation programs: Alignment between clinician priorities and coverage in university curricula', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 64 436-447 (2017) [C1]

© 2017 Occupational Therapy Australia Background/aim: Occupational therapy programs must prepare graduates for work in mental health. However, this area of practice is complex and... [more]

© 2017 Occupational Therapy Australia Background/aim: Occupational therapy programs must prepare graduates for work in mental health. However, this area of practice is complex and rapidly changing. This study explored the alignment between educational priorities identified by occupational therapists practising in mental health and level of coverage of these topics in occupational therapy programs in Australia and New Zealand. Methods: Surveys were distributed to heads of all occupational therapy programs across Australia and New Zealand. The survey included educational priorities identified by occupational therapists in mental health from a previous study. Respondents were requested to identify the level of coverage given to each of these priorities within their curriculum. These data were analysed to determine a ranking of educational topics in terms of level of coverage in university programs. Results: Responses were received for 19 programs from 16 universities. Thirty-four topics were given ¿High-level coverage¿ in university programs, and these were compared against the 29 topics classified as ¿Essential priorities¿ by clinicians. Twenty topics were included in both the ¿Essential priorities¿ and ¿High-level coverage¿ categories. Topics considered to be ¿Essential priorities¿ by clinicians which were not given ¿High-level coverage¿ in university programs included the following: mental health fieldwork experiences; risk assessment and management; professional self-care resilience and sensory approaches. Conclusion: While there appears to be overall good alignment between mental health curricula and priorities¿identified by practising occupational therapists, there¿are some discrepancies. These discrepancies are described and establish a strong foundation for further discussion between clinicians, academics and university administration to support curriculum review and revision.

DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12397
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2017 Haracz K, Robson E, 'A bidirectional relationship between eating disorder symptoms and quality of life supports a recovery focussed approach to treatment', AUSTRALIAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY JOURNAL, 64 345-347 (2017)
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12413
2016 Coombes K, Haracz K, Robson E, James C, 'Pushing through: Mental health consumers' experiences of an individual placement and support employment programme', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79 651-659 (2016) [C1]

© The Author(s) 2016. Introduction Individual placement and support is recognized as current best practice vocational rehabilitation for people living with a severe mental illness... [more]

© The Author(s) 2016. Introduction Individual placement and support is recognized as current best practice vocational rehabilitation for people living with a severe mental illness. This study aimed to provide insight into the consumer perspective of factors that impact the success of an individual placement and support programme in Australia. Method A qualitative study was conducted using semi-structured interviews with five participants. Participants were diagnosed with a severe mental illness and were engaged with an individual placement supported employment programme in one area health service in New South Wales, Australia. Data analysis was conducted using grounded theory methods. Results Analysis revealed the core category of pushing through, a three-step process that involved experiencing discomfort, learning to adapt, and getting into a groove. Pushing through described the participants' direct experience of individual placement and support, as well as their management of their health and ability to cope with everyday practicalities and relationships while engaged in the programme. Conclusions The participants in this study described their experiences of being involved in an individual placement and support programme as being characterized by a process of pushing through. The participants' actions and experiences at each stage of this process provide cues for more tailored support within individual placement and support to meet changing needs.

DOI 10.1177/0308022616658297
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Carole James
2016 Haracz K, Roberts E, 'Workplace resilience interventions show some evidence of positive effects, particularly on mental health and wellbeing', AUSTRALIAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY JOURNAL, 63 57-58 (2016)
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12277
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Elysa Roberts
2016 Williams L, Magin P, Sultana J, Haracz K, 'The role of occupational therapists in the provision of dietary interventions for people with severe mental illness: Results from a national survey', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79 442-449 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 The Author(s). Introduction: People living with severe mental illness are at least twice as likely to be obese as the general population, partly due to lifestyle risk facto... [more]

© 2016 The Author(s). Introduction: People living with severe mental illness are at least twice as likely to be obese as the general population, partly due to lifestyle risk factors including poor diet quality. This study aims to quantify how Australian mental health occupational therapists address the dietary issues of people with severe mental illness. Method: A 23-item cross-sectional online survey was distributed via email to all members of Occupational Therapy Australia, with those working in mental health (an estimated 305 members) invited to participate. Response frequencies were analysed in SPSS. Open-ended comments were subjected to thematic analysis. Results: Eight-six eligible participants (28.2% of the target population) completed the full survey. Most (81%) felt confident in providing healthy eating advice, with 76% reporting being self-educated about nutrition. Dietitian support for complex advice was seen as beneficial by 88%, but only 30% reported reasonable access to dietitians. Qualitative themes included: Accessing dietitians, information and education, and putting advice into practice. Conclusion: There is potential to enhance the credentialling and continuing education of occupational therapists and improve inter-professional collaboration with dietitians to assist the occupational therapist in achieving better health and reducing the burden of chronic disease for people experiencing severe mental illness.

DOI 10.1177/0308022615620680
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Lauren Williams
2015 Scanlan JN, Pépin G, Haracz K, Ennals P, Webster JS, Meredith PJ, 'Re: Modernising occupational therapy teaching, research and practice in mental health', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 62 364-364 (2015) [C3]
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12245
2015 Haracz K, Ennals P, 'Occupational therapy intervention in mental health should be individualised, occupation focussed, promote inclusion and occur in the context of an authentic relationship', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 62 365-366 (2015) [C3]
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12230
2015 Scanlan JN, Pepin 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, 62 286-298 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12194
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10
2015 Haracz K, Arrighi G, Joyce B, 'Simulated patients in a mental health occupational therapy course: A pilot study', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78 757-766 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0308022614562792
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Gillian Arrighi
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 - 13Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Carole James, Michael Hazelton
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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2012.01028.x
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Lauren Williams
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Conference (24 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Sammut M, English C, Haracz K, Fini N, Carlos A, Nilsson M, Janssen H, 'Evidence-based interventions to increase time spent engaging in moderate to vigorous physical activity following transient ischaemic attack or non-disabling stroke', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE (2019)
Co-authors Coralie English, Michael Nilsson
2019 Ashby S, James C, Haracz K, Lupton B, 'Lupton, B., James, C.., Ashby, S., & Haracz, K. (2019). Mental health consumers participation in social leisure activities: The tension between wanting to connect and needing to retreat. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 66(S1), 111. doi:10.1111/1440-1630.12586', Sydney, Australia (2019)
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12586
Co-authors Carole James, Samantha Ashby
2017 James C, Lupton B, Haracz K, Ashby S, 'Barriers and Facilitators of mental health consumers participation in a community street soccer program', Perth WA, Australia (2017)
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12405
Co-authors Carole James
2017 James C, Bourke N, Haracz K, 'Occupational Therapy involvement in lifestyle interventions to address overweight and obesity in people with mental illness: A national survey', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, Perth WA, Australia (2017)
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12405
Co-authors Carole James
2017 James C, Coombes K, Haracz K, 'Individual Placement and Support employment program: Mental health consumers experiences', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal (2017)
Co-authors Carole James
2017 James C, Lupton B, Haracz K, Ashby S, 'Barriers and Facilitators of mental health consumers participation in a community street soccer program. Oral presentation', Perth WA, Australia (2017)
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12405
2015 Lupton B, James C, Ashby SE, Haracz K, 'An investigation into mental health consumers' experience of a community street soccer program: Preliminary findings from a grounded theory study', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, Melbourne, Vic (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Carole James, Samantha Ashby
2015 Arblaster K, Batten R, Bonassi M, Bowman S, Ennals P, Haracz K, et al., 'How do mental health curricula align with education priorities identified by occupational therapists currently practicing in mental health?', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, Melbourne, Vic (2015) [E3]
2015 Haracz K, Chang NK, Arrighi G, Joyce B, 'Developing a simulation experience to support preparation of occupational therapy students for mental health practice', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, Melbourne, Vic (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Gillian Arrighi
2015 Scanlon J, Pepin G, Haracz K, Ennals P, Webster J, Meredith P, et al., 'Educational priorities for students to support optimal mental health practice: What do occupational therapists think?', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, Melbourne, Vic (2015) [E3]
2015 Haracz K, James C, Hazelton M, 'Meeting the challenge of weight gain and obesity for people with severe mental illness: A contemporary practice issue', Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, Melbourne, Vic (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Michael Hazelton, Carole James
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' (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Michael Hazelton, Carole James
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' (2013) [E3]
Co-authors 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 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, Lesley Wicks
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]
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 10
Total funding $132,697

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20174 grants / $81,250

Gladys M. Brawn Career Development Fellowship (Teaching Assist)$75,000

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

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Scheme Glady M.Brawn Career Development Grant ( Teaching Assist)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON N

A pilot study to test the feasibility and acceptability of E-health components of an intervention to address lifestyle issues associated with weight gain and obesity among people with severe mental illness $4,000

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

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Kirsti Haracz, Professor Amanda Baker, Dr Agatha Conrad, Associate Professor Carole James, Associate Professor Mitch Duncan, Associate Professor Tracey Burrows

Scheme Faculty Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON N

Informing sensory based occupational therapy interventions in mental health practice$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - School of Health Sciences

Funding body University of Newcastle - School of Health Sciences
Project Team

Dr Kirsti Haracz, Associate Professor Alison Lane, Dr Elysa Roberts

Scheme SHS Strategic Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON N

Occupational Therapy Australia 2017 National Conference, Perth, 19-21 July$750

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

Funding body Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Scheme Faculty of Health and Medicine Conference Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON N

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 Doctor 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 Doctor 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

Gillian Arrighi

Scheme Discovery Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

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 Doctor 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

Kirsti Haracz

Scheme Equity Initiative Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

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 Doctor 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

Number of supervisions

Completed14
Current7

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 Honours Strategies to promote need satisfaction in lifestyle interventions for adults with chronic conditions: A scoping review Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2019 Masters Feasibility and Acceptability of Sensory based Interventions for Adults with Eating Disorders in Community Treatment Settings M Philosophy (Occupat Therapy), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2019 Honours Occupational therapy led groups in mental health settings: A scoping review. Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2018 PhD Service Change and Supporting Lifestyle and Activity Modification after Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) [S+SLAM-TIA] PhD (Physiotherapy), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD Occupational Performance Patterns in Children with PANS PhD (Occupational Therapy), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD A Multisensory Experience of Art: Transforming Everyday Spaces into ‘Otherworldly’ Places to Support Health and Wellbeing PhD (Environ & Occupat Hlth), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD An Investigation into Mental Health Consumers' Experience of Participation in a Community Soccer Program PhD (Occupational Therapy), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 Honours Dietary patterns, perceived competence and motivation for lifestyle change in young people with early psychosis Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2018 Honours Access, use and attitudes towards internet and mobile technologies for health information and support by people with mental illness Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 Honours Physical activity, perceived competence and motivations for lifestyle change in young people with early psychosis Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2018 Honours Occupational performance and participation issues reported in adults with Anorexia Nervosa: A scoping review Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2018 Honours The use of sensory based interventions in child and adolescent mental health services : A scoping review Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2017 Honours Experiences of feeding post oesophagectomy: A qualitative study Nutrition & Dietetics, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 Honours Addressing beach inaccessibility: A qualitative study into the impact of a beach accessibility project Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 Honours How are occupational therapists working in mental health settings in Australia addressing issues of cognition: A national survey Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 Honours Occupational therapy intervention addressing weight gain and obesity in people with a severe mental illness: A scoping review Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 Honours Lifestyle interventions to address overweight and obesity in people with severe mental illnesses: A national survey Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2016 Honours The impact of beach access equipment: A qualitative case study Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 Honours A national survey of the use of sensory-based interventions by occupational therapists working in adult mental health settings in Australia Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2015 Honours The use of sensory-based interventions by occupational therapists in adult mental health: A scoping review Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 Honours International health professional students' experience on professional placements Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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News

Food addiction: why your mind matters

April 18, 2018

A world-first, personality-based online intervention for food addiction is being developed by a team* of dietitians, psychologists, neuroscientists, occupational therapists and health researchers.

Dr 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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