Dr Meaghan Katrak

Conjoint Fellow

School of Humanities and Social Science (Social Work)

Career Summary

Biography

Meaghan joins the school of Humanities and Social Sciences with an extensive social work background of practice spanning counselling, group work, program development, capacity building, community development and academia. Meaghan has particular interest in and commitment to social work with Indigenous communities, and has spent over 25 years working alongside her local (Victorian) Aboriginal community.

Research Expertise
Meaghan's research interests span community development and capacity building, particularly the lived experiences of Indignenous communities in relation to social work practice.

Teaching Expertise
Ethics Social work interpersonal skills Group work

Administrative Expertise


Collaborations
Meaghan has particular interest in communities, particularly the lived experiences of strength and resilience within Aboriginal communities in contemporary society.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Social Work, La Trobe University
  • Master of Social Work, Monash University

Keywords

  • Community Capacity Building
  • Ethical Decision Making in Social Work
  • Indigenous communities and social work
  • Indigenous research methodologies
  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work Interpersonal Skills

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified 100
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Howard A, Katrak M, Blakemore T, Pallas P, Rural, Regional and Remote Social Work : Practice Research from Australia, Routledge, Milton Park, Abingdon, 129 (2016) [A1]
Co-authors Amanda Howard, Tamara Blakemore

Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Day J, Thorington Taylor AC, Hunter S, Summons P, van der Riet P, Harris M, et al., 'Experiences of older people following the introduction of consumer-directed care to home care packages: A qualitative descriptive study', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 37 275-282 (2018) [C1]

© 2018 AJA Inc. Objective: To explore the experiences of older people receiving home care package (HCP) support following the introduction of consumer-directed care (CDC) by the A... [more]

© 2018 AJA Inc. Objective: To explore the experiences of older people receiving home care package (HCP) support following the introduction of consumer-directed care (CDC) by the Australian government on 1 July 2015. Methods: Thirty-one older people with existing HCP support from two service providers in regional New South Wales, Australia, participated in a face-to-face interview and/or a qualitative survey. Results: Analysis revealed the theme of Choices: Preferences, constraints, balancing and choosing. Participants described choosing to live at home with HCP support; however, they were constrained by poor communication and information about service changes and options, personal budgets and access to future care. HCP services remained largely unchanged during transition to CDC. Conclusion: Many aspects of the initial implementation of CDC were challenging for older people. Clear, relevant and timely communication and information about CDC and its consequences for consumers appear to be needed to enhance CDC.

DOI 10.1111/ajag.12553
Co-authors Sarah Jeong, Ann Taylor, Jenny Day, Isabel Higgins, Pamela Vanderriet, Margaret Harris, Sharyn Hunter, Peter Summons, Gunilla Haydon

Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Wubishet BL, Harris M, Abbas SS, Lang D, Acharya S, Byles J, 'COSTS OF MAJOR COMPLICATIONS OF TYPE 2 DIABETES: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW', VALUE IN HEALTH (2017)
Co-authors Melissa Harris, Danielle Lang, Julie Byles
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $9,091

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20141 grants / $9,091

Evaluation of Financial Sustainability Project: Hunter Early Childhood Intervention Services$9,091

Funding body: Department of Family and Community Services

Funding body Department of Family and Community Services
Project Team Doctor Amanda Howard, Doctor Tamara Blakemore, Doctor Meaghan Katrak, Mrs Miriam Bevis
Scheme NSW Organisation Transition Fund
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1401007
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y
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Dr Meaghan Katrak

Position

Conjoint Fellow
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Social Work

Contact Details

Email meaghan.katrak@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5765

Office

Room W228
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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