Academically Rohena is subject coordinator for Developing Cross Cultural Competencies in the undergraduate programme, and Social Policy Reading in the Masters of Advanced Practice. Rohena is a member of the international Social Work and Health Inequality Network (SWHIN) with whom she is associate editing a special edition of the British Journal of Social Work for publication in 2019. The special issue is focussed on indigenous health research and writing on indigenous health internationally.
Her own research interests in health inequality are related to service access and delivery and service entry systems in health, especially in relation to vulnerable populations.
Rohena previously combined her academic work with practice as a Social Worker with NSW Health and is a Mental Health accredited practitioner. She is actively involved in a place based service for people living homeless that pivots off a weekly breakfast. The services delivered via this venue include legal advice, a community nurse, aboriginal health workers, needle exchange, mental health, access to showers and dental appointments, annual flu vaccinations and housing workers. This Homeless and Community Breakfast subscribes to an inclusive philosophy where service users are included as volunteers and the impact of trauma on people living homeless is taken into account in managing emotional and behavioural issues.
Rohena and her colleagues at the Homeless Breakfast received the ANSWWER 2018 Community Service Award for this work.