Teaching and Research Staff

Dr Belinda Cash

Senior Lecturer in Social Work
Albury / Wodonga
Building 763

Profile

Dr Belinda Cash is a social worker with clinical and academic expertise in mental health and social gerontology. Her work primarily focuses on understanding and addressing psychosocial and systemic issues impacting the health and wellbeing of older adults and their caregivers in rural Australia.

Belinda is Chair of the Charles Sturt Ageing Well Research Group and co-lead of the Ageing Well in Rural and Regional Australia research program. She is a researcher with the Manna Institute for rural mental health and oversees research governance for Equally Well. These roles all support her primary objective of working with likeminded people who are passionate about improving access and opportunities for better health and wellbeing for rural Australians.

Belinda is a Distinguished Member of the Australian Association of Gerontology, awarded for her extensive contributions to supporting student and early career researchers. She is an active supervisor of research students across multiple programs, has led several international programs exploring social welfare and wellbeing in the international context and continues to support students completing field-based learning in social work.

She loves cooking, reading, theatre and travel. Since the pandemic quashed her many holiday dreams, she took up novel writing and is currently putting the finishing touches on her first rural crime novel.

Teaching

Belinda teaches into the social work and gerontology programs at Charles Sturt.  Her teaching interests focus on social gerontology, mental health, and social research methods, though she has taught into a broad range of subjects within social work, allied health, and gerontology both at Charles Sturt and previously at La Trobe University.

Belinda supervises Honours, Masters and Doctoral research students and provides academic liaison for students completing field education placements.

She is also an academic lead for student mobility programs, which provide opportunities for Charles Sturt students to explore social work in international contexts.

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Research

Belinda's research primarily focuses on understanding and addressing psychosocial and systemic issues impacting the health and wellbeing of older adults and their caregivers in rural Australia.

She supervises research students at all levels, including current PhD candidates pursuing topics related to rural ageing and caregiving, protective factors for mental health and wellbeing, the implementation of trauma-informed mental health practice and assisted dying.

Belinda is active in several key research leadership roles, including:

  • Chair of the Charles Sturt Ageing Well Research Group (2019 – current).
    • Belinda leads a cross-faculty research that group brings together around 40 academics from across the university who are involved in ageing-related research.
  • Co-lead of the Ageing Well in Rural and Regional Australia research program.
    • During 2021, Belinda was the Faculty of Arts and Education lead for a multidisciplinary team awarded $635,000 to develop a research program focused on Ageing Well in Rural and Regional Australia. This program has recruited two PhD candidates and a research fellow, while concurrently capacity building a team of ten ageing-focused researchers from across the university.
  • Researcher, Manna Institute
    • In 2022, Belinda was selected to join the newly formed Regional Australia Mental Health Research Institute. This is a $3.6 million funded collaboration of 7 regional universities working together to expand mental health research and resources across rural and regional Australia.
  • Director of Research Governance, Equally Well.
    • Belinda oversees research conducted by and with Equally Well, which focuses on improving the physical health of people who experience mental illness.

These roles all support her primary objective of working with likeminded people who are passionate about improving access and opportunities for better health and wellbeing for rural Australians.

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Professional activities

  • Distinguished Member of the Australian Association of Gerontology (2011 – current)
  • Member of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association (2017 – current)
  • International Mental Health Leadership Initiative, Older Persons Mental Health Member (2022 – current).
  • Indigo Shire Community Grants and Awards Advisory Committee (2022 – current).
  • Australian Association of Gerontology Research Trust Grants Committee Member (2021 – current).
  • Australian Association of Gerontology Mental Health and Wellbeing Expert Reference Group (2019 – current).
  • National President of the Australian Association of Gerontology Student and Early Career Group (2013 – 2017; 2019); Deputy President (2012-2013).
  • Coordinator: Albury-Wodonga Social Work Interest Group (2009–current).

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