Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Fredrik Velander

Dr Fredrik Velander

Profile

Fredrik has a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Mid Sweden University and a PhD from Curtin University of Technology. After graduation he worked for 8 years as a research assistant for the National Institute for Working Life in Sweden where he conducted work in the fields of health promotion, organisational development, professional development and alcohol and other drug policies. In 2005 he joined the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University, WA as project coordinator for a community development project in rural Western Australia, in the city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Within the scope of that project he worked with community assessment, social marketing for normative change, focus groups, and a range of community interventions to address excessive alcohol use. In 2010 he took up a position as lecturer at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.

Currently he is a member of the following committees:

  • Faculty of Arts and Education Ethics Committee
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Committee
  • The School Assessment Committee

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Teaching

Fredrik is currently teaching in the following subjects:

  • HCS310 Mental Health Practice
  • HCS510 Social Work Practice in Mental Health
  • HCS200 Social Work Theory and Practice 1

In addition to his classroom teaching he is also supervising higher degree by research students at Honours, Masters, Doctors and PhD levels.

He is also involved in field placement supervision and as a field placement liaison.

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Research

In 2009 he received his PhD from Curtin University. His thesis investigated facilitators and obstacles of best practice when preventing alcohol-related harm in the workplace. Research interests include:

  • The connection between our ecological environment and mental wellbeing.
  • Domestic violence and mental health
  • Prevention from a holistic perspective and the human/environment interaction and how that affects individual health and lifestyle patterns.
  • Organisational and professional development, particularly in relation to healthy organisations
  • Best practice research and intervention development

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Selected publications

Journal articles

  • Schineanu, A., Velander, F., Nielsen, S., and Earnest, J. (2014) Experiences of and Risk Factors for Psychological, Physical and Sexual Intimate Partner Violence in Women from an Urban Slum in India, Violence Against Women, submitted
  • Cercarelli, R., Allsop, S., Evans, M., and Velander, F., (2012) Reducing alcohol-related harm. An evidence review – summary report. Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. Carlton, Victoria, Australia. ISBN: 978-1-921822-32-2.
  • Cercarelli, R., Allsop, S., Evans, M., and Velander, F., (2011) Reducing alcohol-related harm. An evidence review – full report. Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. Carlton, Victoria, Australia. ISBN: 978-1-921822-25-4.
  • Velander, F, Schineanu, A., Liang W. and Midford, R. (2010) Digging for gold and coming up blue: a health survey in the mining industry, Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 26(5):pp
  • Velander, F., Schineanu, A. and Midford, R. (2010) Attitudes and knowledge of alcohol related harm minimisation initiatives in a rural Australian city: a baseline survey; Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 17(4): 354-369
  • Schineanu, A., Velander, F., and Saggers, S. (2010) "Don't wake up angry no more" - The evaluation of the Norseman Voluntary Liquor Agreement, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia.
  • Velander, F., Schineanu, A. and Saggers, S. (2010) Kalgoorlie Alcohol Action Project: 2006-2009 Evaluation; National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia.

Book chapters

  • Velander, F. & Schineanu, A., (2014) Culturally Secure Community Development. In Goel, K., Pulla, V. & Francis, A. (Eds.), Community work: Theories, experiences and challenges. Niruta Publications, Bangalore, India. ISBN 978-81-923326-7-3
  • Midford R., Velander, F. & Allsop, S., (2005) Alcohol and Other Drugs in the Workplace in Preventing Harmful Substance Use: The Evidence Base for Policy and Practice. John Wiley & Sons.

Conference presentations

  • Crowther, A. & Velander, F. (2014). Body piercing as reclamation of self following abuse. The 3rd Biennial Australian Capital Region Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre Conference. 16 & 17 October 2014, Hyatt Hotel Canberra.
  • Velander F. & Anscombe, B. (2012). A profession in crisis? Gender and motivation in social work. 2012 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: Action and Impact. 9 July 2012, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Velander, F. (2009) Digging deep and coming up blue – results from a comprehensive health screening in a mining company.
    Rural & Remote Mental Health Conference, 11-13 November 2009, Kalgoorlie, WA.
  • Velander, F. (2008) The Use of Social Marketing to Change Attitudes to Alcohol. The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference (APSAD) November 2008, Sydney Convention Centre, Sydney
  • Velander, F. (2008) Prevention of alcohol related harm in the workplace - an exploratory study investigating the obstacles to and facilitators of best practice. Centre for International Health Doctoral Forum 2008, 3rd July 2008, Perth, WA.
  • Velander, F. (2008) Working Together for Success. Drug and Alcohol Office Annual Workshop, 12 March 2008, Perth.
  • Velander, F. (2007) Kalgoorlie Alcohol Action Project - preventing alcohol related harm in an outback community of Western Australia. 18th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm. 13-17 May 2007, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Velander, F. (2007) Current Alcohol Trends in the Region - results of a baseline study. Local Drug Action Groups Inc., Goldfields Regional Forum. 22-23 June 2007, Kalgoorlie.
  • Velander, F. (2007) Investigating a Community's Readiness for Changing the Way it Deals with Alcohol. Free public seminar at the National Drug Research Institute, Thursday 19 th June, 2007.
  • Velander, F. (2006) Investigating a Community's Readiness for Change the Way it Deals with Alcohol: Findings from the West Australian Community of Kalgoorlie. The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference (APSAD) 2006. Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns Queensland, Sunday 5 - Wednesday 8 November 2006.

Abstract review commitment

  • 19th National Australian Health Promotion Association Conference , The Sebel, Albert Park, Melbourne, 2010.
  • Rural and Remote Mental Health Conference, Western Australian School of Mines, 11-13 November 2009, Kalgoorlie, WA.

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