Professor Karen Healy

Professor

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Overview

Professor Karen Healy's research focuses on promoting a healthy start to life for vulnerable children, young people and families. In 2016, she was appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her contribution to social work particularly in child protection, higher education and research.

Her research expertise includes:

a) international and national approaches to social policy and social work practice with vulnerable children, young people and families.

b) the participation of vulnerable children, young people and families in decision-making especially within child welfare services,

c) and professional education and organisation support systems for promoting job satisfaction, workforce retention and best practice among health and welfare professionals.

Research Impacts

Karen Healy holds senior advisory positions in industry and in her professional community. Professor Karen Healy is currnently National President of the Australian Association of Social Workers (the national accrediting body for professional social work in Australia), a position she has held since 2011, and is also National Director for The Benevolent Society, Australia's oldest not-for-profit community service organisations. Professor Healy is also Past National President for the Australian Association of Social Work and Welfare Education (a position she was held for the maximum two terms allowable). Professor Healy has strong links with the health and community services organisations, including having conducted several studies in collaboration with Micah Projects into best practice in family support work She has appeared as an expert witness at a variety of commissions of inquiry into child welfare service systems and workforce conditions in the community services sector and she was recently involved in an evaluation of the child protection operating model in Victoria - an innovative model of workforce support for frontline child protection workers.

Professor Healy has published 4 books on aspects of social work theory and practice. These works have been translated into several languages including Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Danish and Japanese. In addition, Professor Healy has published numerous international journal articles on social policy and social work practice especially in relaiton to vulnerable children, young people and families, and on education and organisational support systems to promote best practice among health and welfare professionals.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Social Work 1st Class Honors, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • (2017) Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Healy, Karen, Julkunen, Ilse and Karvinen-Niinikoski, Synnove (2014). International comparative research regarding vulnerable young people: reflections on methodological challenges and solutions. In Sven Hessle (Ed.), Human rights and social equality: challenges for social work: social work-social development (pp. 114-117) Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing.

  • Healy, Karen (2014). Social sustainability and social work: problems and prospects. In Sven Hessle (Ed.), Global Social Transformation and Social Action: The Role of Social Workers (pp. 161-164) Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing.

  • Healy, Karen (2012). Critical perspectives. In Mel Gray, James Midgley and Stephen A. Webb (Ed.), The Sage handbook of social work (pp. 191-206) London , U.K.: Sage. doi:10.4135/9781446247648.n13

  • Meagher, Gabrielle, Cortis, Natasha and Healy, Karen (2009). Strategic challenges in child welfare services: A comparative study of Australia, England and Sweden. In Kirstein Rummery, Ian Greener and Chris Holden (Ed.), Social policy review 21: Analysis and debate in social policy, 2009 (pp. 215-239) Bristol, United Kingdom: The Policy Press.

  • Connolly, Marie and Healy, Karen E. (2008). Social Work Practice Theories Frameworks. In Marie Connolly and Louise Harms (Ed.), Social work: Contexts and practice 2nd ed ed. (pp. 37-52) South Melbourne, Vic., Australia: Oxford University Press.

  • Healy, K E (2006). Asset based community development. In A. O'Hara and Z. Weber (Ed.), Working with Individuals, Communities, and Organisations (pp. 247-258) Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

  • Healy, K E (2006). Community education. In A. O'Hara and Z. Weber (Ed.), Working with Individuals, Communities, and Organisations (pp. 259-266) Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

  • Ife, J., Healy, K. E., Spratt, T. and Solomon, B. (2005). Under Reconstruction: Renewing Critical Social Work Practices. In S. Hick, J. Fook and R. Pozzuto (Ed.), Social Work: A Critical Turn (pp. 219-230) Toronto, Canada: Thompson Educational Publishing.

  • Healy, K. E., O'Regan, M. and Tansky, M. (2005). Working with young people. In M. Alston and J. Mckinnon (Ed.), Social Work: Fields of Practice 2 ed. (pp. 95-104) Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Healy, K. E. and Meagher, G. (2004). The Reprofessionalization of Social Work: Collaborative Approaches for Achieving Professional Recognition. In Linda Davies and Peter Leonard (Ed.), Social Work in a Corporate Era First ed. (pp. 91-107) UK: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.

  • Rosenman, L., O'Connor, I. and Healy, K. (1998). Social Work. In Challenges for Social Sciences in Australia (pp. 215-221) Canberra, A.C.T.: Australian Govt. Pub. Services.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Healy, K. (2004). Creating community capacity in urban and rural communities. In: ACOSS Papers. Proceedings of: ACOSS 2003 Congress: Piecing It Together: Equity, Empowerment and Change. Selected papers from the ACOSS Congress 13-14 November 2003 Canberra. ACOSS 2003 Congress. Piecing It Together: Equity, Empowerment and Change, Canberra, Australia, (34-39). 13-14 November 2003.

  • O'Connor, I., Healy, K. and Rosenman, L. S. (1999). Social work research in Australia. In: Decha Sungkawan, Enhancing social integration: structure, process and intervention for social development. 1997 Asia and Pacific Regional Conference of APASWE and IFSWc, Bangkok, Thailand, (226-235). 1997.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Joint Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision