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Dr Patricia Mackey

BAppSc OT, MSocSc (Welf &Soc Pol), BSW Hons, G. Dip Prof Writ, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Social Work
Port Macquarie
Building 802

Trish is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at CSU. In addition to being an accredited social worker, Trish is an occupational therapist. She has broad practitioner and clinical experience in various fields which include human rights, public advocacy, child protection, youth justice, mental health, disability services, private clinical practice, and in community services leadership. She has presented at international and national conferences on various topics related to human rights and social work practice.

For her PhD she undertook an interdisciplinary qualitative study on the barriers, enablers, and ethical decision-making in research with children on their experiences of domestic violence. This research involved 49 participants from 5 cohorts: domestic and family violence researchers, clinicians, domestic violence service providers, members of human research ethics committees and mothers with experiences of domestic violence. Research findings led to the development of an enabling model for conducting attuned trauma-safe research with children and young people.

Trish teaches in the social work program at CSU. She is involved in teaching courses which include those related to Social Work Theory and Practice and in Ethics and Social Work Practice.

Trish is interested in conducting sensitive social research and interdisciplinary research in areas which include domestic/family violence, mental health, and in child protection. Undertaking participatory action research and engaging participants in a co-led research process is a particular focus, especially research with children/young people and people with disability. She would like to pursue research which explores new and creative fields for social work practice.

Australian Association of Social Work (AASW)

International Federation of Social Workers

Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA)

Mackey, Patricia Anne.(2021) Barriers and enablers to conducting domestic violence research with children [PhD Thesis]. Australian Catholic University School of Allied Health https://doi.org/10.26199/acu.8w440

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