Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Rohena Duncombe

 Rohena Duncombe

Profile

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.

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Community Engagement

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.

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Selected publications

  • Duncombe, R. (2018) Students dinners: Engaging and retaining online social work students. 159-174 In Pawar M., Bowles, W., & Bell, K. (eds) Social work: Innovations and insights, North Melbourne, Vic: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Short, M., Trembath, S., Duncombe, R., Whitaker, L., & Wiman, G. (2018) Contemporising teaching case management: mapping the tensions Social Work Education, https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2018.1506428
  • Duncombe, R. 2016 ‘What system participants know about access and service entry and why managers should listen’ Australian Health Review http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AH16036
  • Duncombe, R (2014) An evidenced based anxiety management group in a strengths and empowerment frame, in Francis, A. et al. Strengths based social work practice in mental health: Theories and practice, Primrose Publishing.
  • Duncombe, R. (2011) Receptionists in intake in Community Health, Australian Health Review Vol35 No2 May p164.
  • Duncombe, R (2008) Rural Community Health Intake Study: Client intake for adult counselling in rural community health, NSW Institute of Rural Clinical Services and Teaching. Available at: http://www.heti.nsw.gov.au/Global/Rural/RRCBP/Pre%202012%20RRCBP%20Intake/rohena-duncombe-final-report.pdf

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