Associate Professor Roz Walker

Associate Professor Roz Walker

PhD
Senior Researcher, Centre for Research Excellence in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
Email: Roz.Walker@telethonkids.org.au

Associate Professor Roz Walker has been involved in research, evaluation and education with Aboriginal communities building local capacity within both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations for thirty years. Roz is a senior researcher with both the University of Western Australia and the Telethon Kids Institute.

She is a Chief Investigator in several national ARC grants as well as in the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence Grant Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing at the Institute. Roz also serves on a number of high level steering committees and national Indigenous networks. Her key areas of interest include developing transformative and decolonising strategies at individual, organisational and community levels as well as promoting system level change.

She has worked in Aboriginal education in teaching, curriculum development, academic coordination, research and evaluation. She has extensive experience in translating research into policy and practice and community-based participatory action research methods and ethics to achieve health related outcomes.

Roz has taught extensively at undergraduate and graduate levels in Aboriginal community management and development and early years education in remote areas. Roz was co-editor of the first edition of the Working Together book and led the highly effective communication and dissemination strategy for the book. Roz has published widely in Aboriginal maternal and child health and mental health and wellbeing.

PUBLICATIONS

Books (peer reviewed)

Walker R, Scrine C & Shepherd CCJ. 2014, Conducting research with Aboriginal organisations and communities. New South Wales: Uniting Care Children, Young People and Families.

Book Chapters (peer reviewed)

  •   Zubrick SR, Holland C, Kelly K, Calma T & Walker R. 2014, The Evolving Policy Context in Mental Health and Wellbeing. Chapter 5 in Dudgeon P, Milroy H & Walker R. 2014, Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia, 2nd edition., pp 69-90.
  • Zubrick SR, Shepherd CCJ, Dudgeon P, Gee G, Paradies Y, Scrine C & Walker R. 2014, Social Determinants of Social and Emotional Wellbeing. Chapter 6 in Dudgeon P, Milroy H & Walker R. 2014, Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice. Canberra: Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 2nd edition., pp 93-112.
  • Walker R. 2014, Introduction to National Standards for the Mental Health Workforce. Chapter 11 in Dudgeon P, Milroy H & Walker R. 2014, Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice. Canberra: Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 2nd edition., pp 181-194.
  • Walker R, Schultz C & Sonn C. 2014, Cultural Competence - Transforming Policy, Services, Programs and Practice.  Chapter 12 in Dudgeon P, Milroy H & Walker R. 2014, Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice. Canberra: Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 2nd edition., pp 195-220.
  • Walker R, Schultz C, Bessarab D, McMillan F, MacLeod J & Marriott R. 2014, Interdisciplinary Care to Enhance Mental Health and Social and Emotional Wellbeing. Chapter 13 in Dudgeon P, Milroy H & Walker R. 2014, Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice. Canberra: Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 2nd edition., pp 221-242.
  • Adams Y, Drew N & Walker R. 2014, Principles of Practice in Mental Health Assessment with Aboriginal Australians. Chapter 16 in Dudgeon P, Milroy H & Walker R. 2014, Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice.  Canberra: Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 2nd edition., pp 271-288.
  • Walker R, Robinson M, Adermann J & Campbell MA. 2014, Working with Behavioural and Emotional Problems in Young People. Chapter 22 in Dudgeon P, Milroy H & Walker R. 2014, Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice. Canberra: Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 2nd edition., pp 383-398.
  • Milroy H, Dudgeon P & Walker R. 2014, Community Life and Development Programs - Pathways to Healing. Chapter 24 in Dudgeon P, Milroy H & Walker R. 2014, Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice. Canberra: Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 2nd edition., pp 419-436.
  • Dudgeon P, Walker R, Scrine C, Cox K, D'Anna D, Dunkley C, Kelly K & Hams K. 2014, Enhancing Wellbeing, Empowerment, Healing and Leadership. Chapter 25 in Dudgeon P, Milroy H & Walker R. 2014, Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice. Canberra: Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, 2nd edition., pp 437-448.

  Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)

  •   Dudgeon, P. & Walker, R. 2014, Suicide trends in WA: an urgent call to action [online].  Medicus, vol.54, No. 8, Sep 2014: 28,31.  Availability: http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=587917325744592;res=IELHEA   ISSN: 1035-6037. [cited 25 Sep 14].
  • Walker, R. & Stanley, F. 'Grow up with your country': Complex realities for young people in the West, Essay  47, Griffith Review : A Quarterly of New Writing and Ideas, South Bank Campus, Griffith University.
  • Hendrickx, D., Stephen, A., Lehmann, D., Silva, D., Boelaert, M., Carapetis, J. & Walker R. 2014, A systematic review of the evidence that swimming pools improve health and wellbeing in remote Aboriginal communities. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health. (under review)
  • Dudgeon, P & Walker, R. 2014, Decolonising Indigenous Australian Psychology, Special section Decolonizing Psychological Science.  Journal of Social and Political Psychology.  (under review)
  • Farrant, B.M., Shepherd, C.C.J., Walker, R.D. & Pearson, G.C. 2014, Early Vocabulary Development of Australian Indigenous Children: Identifying Strengths, Child Development Research, vol. 2014, Article ID 942817, Hindawi Publishing Corporation. doi:10.1155/2014/942817
  • Cox, A., Dudgeon, P., Holland, C., Kelly, K., Scrine, C. & Walker, R. 2014, Using Participatory Action Research to Prevent Suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, Australian Journal of Primary Health. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/PY14043
  • Shepherd, S. M., Adams, Y., McEntyre, E., & Walker, R. 2014, Violence Risk Assessment in Australian Aboriginal Offender Populations: A Review of the Literature. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/law0000017 (I citation)

  Research Reports (peer reviewed)

  •   Walker, R., Dudgeon, P., Scrine, C., Shepherd, C.C.J., Calma, T. & Ring, I. 2014, Effective strategies to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing. Closing the Gap Clearinghouse Series. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare & Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.
  • Dudgeon, P., Scrine, C., Cox, A., Butorac, A. & Walker, R. 2014, National Empowerment Project: Promoting social and emotional wellbeing, reducing distress and suicide levels in Aboriginal communities, Final Report. Australian Government.
  • Van Dyke, N., Maddern, C.M., Walker, R. & Reibel, T. 2014, Young People's Experiences with Health Services - Final Report. Commissioner for Children and Young People, Perth, WA. http://www.ccyp.wa.gov.au/files/Youth%20health/Young_People%20s_Experiences_with_Health_Services.pdf.
  • Walker, R. & Reibel, T. 2013, Young People's Experiences with Health Services - A literature Review. Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, University of Western Australia and Commissioner of Children and Young People, Perth, WA. /media/673940/youth-health-research-young-people-s-experiences.pdf
  • Dudgeon, P., Cox, K., D'Anna, D., Dunkley, C., Hams, K., Kelly, K., Scrine, C. & Walker, R. 2012, Hear Our Voices: Community Consultations for the Development of an Empowerment, Healing and Leadership Program for Aboriginal people living in the Kimberley, Western Australia - Final Research Report. Commonwealth of Australia: Canberra.
  • Walker, R. 2011, Improved Communication and informed decision making by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families: Prenatal diagnosis, neonatal care, and end of life decisions, Final Research Report.  Collaboration for Applied Research and Evaluation, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.
  • Walker, R. 2011, Communicating with Aboriginal Families about critical care issues: A Resource for Clinicians. Collaboration for Applied Research and Evaluation, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.
  • Walker, R., Ballard, J., Taylor, C. & Hillier, J. 2007, The effects of New Living on Indigenous wellbeing: a case study on urban regeneration, Final Report, 99 Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, Victoria. www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/p80125/
  • Greive, S., Ballard, J., Peter, V., Walker, R., Taylor, C. & Hillier, J. 2005, Falling Through the Net? A Risk Management Model for Home Ownership Support Schemes, Final Report, 78, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne. www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/download/80087_fr
  • Walker, R., Ballard, J. & Taylor, C. 2003, Indigenous Evaluation Frameworks, Indigenous AHURI Policy Bulletin, Australian Housing Urban Research Institute (AHURI), Melbourne.
  • Walker, R., Ballard, J. & Taylor, C. 2003, Developing paradigms and discourses to establish more appropriate frameworks and indicators for housing programs, Final Report No 29, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne. (10 citations) http://www.AHURI.edu.au/pubs/final.html.
  • Walker, R., Ballard, J., Taylor, C. & Hillier, J. 2002, The Effects of New Living on Indigenous Wellbeing: a case study in Urban Regeneration, Positioning Paper No 61. Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne.   http://www.ahuri.edu.au/attachments/80125_pp_effectsnewliving.pdf
  • Greive, S., Ballard, J., Peter, V., Walker, R. Taylor, C. & Hillier, J. 2002, Falling Through the Net? A Risk Management Model for Home Ownership Support Schemes, Positioning Paper No 46.Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne.   http://www.ahuri.edu.au/attachments/ppfallingthrunet.pdf
  • Walker, R., Ballard, J. & Taylor, C. 2001, Investigating appropriate evaluation methods and indicators for Indigenous housing programs: A Positioning Paper, Positioning Paper No 24. Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne. (8 citations) http://www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/p80037/  

  Other Publications

  •    Dudgeon, P. & Walker, R. 2011, Racism as a social determinant of Indigenous health and mental health, Invited Guest Column, WA Medical Forum
  • Walker, R. & Stanley, F. 2010, Using Community Engagement and Community Participatory Action Research Methods for making Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service effective: the alternative to welfare dependency and service provision failure: A summary overview. Presentation to the Australian Social Inclusion Board 14 October, 2010.
  • Walker, R. 2010, Working with Indigenous Australians to Close the Gap, (Invited) In Focus Article, ARACY Update, July 10, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, http://www.aracy.org.au/cmsdocuments/ARACY%20Update%20NAIDOC%20Week.pdf.
  • Walker, R. & Shepherd, C. 2008, 'Strengthening Aboriginal Family Functioning - What works and why' Policy Brief 7, Australian Family Relationship Centre, Australian Institute of Family Studies, (18 citations) http://www.aifs.gov.au/afrc/index.html

  Published Abstracts (peer reviewed)

  •   Munns, A., Hegney, D. Walker, R. 2014, Effectiveness and experiences of families participating in peer led parenting support programs delivered as home visiting programs and the meaning they attribute to these support programs: a systematic review protocol.  W.A. Centre for Evidence Informed Healthcare Practice, Joanna Briggs Library of Systematic Reviews http://www.joannabriggslibrary.org/index.php/jbil
  • Munns, A., Hegney, D. Walker, R. 2014, 'Keeping Children Well: The Role of the Aboriginal Peer Support Worker', Abstract accepted for the ACCYPN  Conference, Cairns Qld.20- 21 October 2014
  • Walker, R. 2014, 'Embedding Cultural competence as part of the CQI process in maternity services' Lowitja - 2nd National Conference in Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care. Melbourne VIC, March 2014Munns, A. & Walker, R. 2011, Navigating new directions in Aboriginal family and child health through collaborative practice, Australian College of Children & Young People's Nurses (ACCYPN). Inaugural Conference - Navigating New Directions in children and young people's health care, Sydney, October 2011
  • Walker, R. 2011, Royal Australian and New Zealand Council of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)  Indigenous Women's Health Meeting , Cairns, 3- 5 June 2011
  • Walker, R. 2011, 'Starting on Track'AIATSIS conference - 'Young and Old: Connecting Generations' Canberra, 19-22 Sept 2011
  • Walker, R. & Dudgeon, P.2011,AIATSIS conference - 'Young and Old: Connecting Generations', Canberra, 19-22 Sept 2011
  • Walker, R. & Reibel, T. 2009, Audit of Antenatal Services for Aboriginal Women in Western Australia Abstract, Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) 2009, A Top End Experience: Better Birthing, Better Babies.. Darwin, Northern Territory, 19-22 April 2009
  • Oxenham, D., Roberts, J. & Walker, R. 1999, Interrogating Positions; Creating Spaces; Future Possibilities, Presented at the Umulliko Indigenous Research Forum: Critique and Reflection.  Available on the Forum website Newcastle, NSW.
  • Walker, R. & Roberts, J. 1997, 'Indigenous issues in education and the Internationalisation agenda', in Higher Education Research & Development Association HERDSA, Conference Proceedings, Adelaide.
  • Cordell, D., Walker, R., Dickinson, J. & Underwood, P. 1996, Research Abstract, General Practice Research & Evaluation Conference Proceedings. Sydney.

  Conference Papers published in conference proceedings (peer reviewed)

  •   McPhee, R, & Walker, R. 2001, Citizens for a new world: education for negotiating and transforming social realities, Conference Paper Presented at The Eighth International Literacy & Education Research Network Conference on Learning, Spetses, Greece, 4-8 July 2001. Common Ground Publishing. Melbourne, Victoria. International Journal of Learning. Volume 8. http://ijl.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.30/prod.8.56
  • Walker, R., Ballard, J. & Taylor, C. 2001, Developing principles and indicators for evaluating housing in Indigenous housing contexts. Our Homes Our Communities Our Future: NationalHousing Conference, Brisbane, Queensland October 2001. http://www.nationalhousingconference.org.au/downloads/2001/DayThree/07_roz_walker.pdf
  • Walker, R. & Ballard, J. 2001, Indigenous Research Principles Framework Discussion, Indigenous Researcher Forum, Melbourne, September 2001
  • Dudgeon, P., Abdullah, J., Humphries, R. & Walker, R. 1999, Social Capital and Increasing Aboriginal Participation in Mainstream Courses-Weaving the threads of the social fabric or spinning another yarn? Keynote Address to the Adelaide Conference Social Capital and Increasing Aboriginal Participation in Higher Education, June 1998 (1 citation)
  • Collard, K., Walker, R. & Dudgeon, P. 1998, Presenting and (Re)presenting a Voice, Vision and History at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin. In I. McLaren, L. T. Smith, K. Morris Matthews and J. Simon (Eds.) Voice, Vision and Identity: Proceedings of the Australia and New Zealand History of Education Society Conference, the University of Auckland, Te Whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau, New Zealand, 9-12 July 1998
  • Walker, R. & Roberts, J. 1997, Indigenous Issues In Education and The International Agenda [Roundtable] Curtin University of Technology, Advancing International Perspectives Research and Development in Higher Education, Conference Proceedings pp 742-750 http://www.herdsa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/conference/1997/walker01.pdf
  • Walker, R. & Grogan, G. 1995, Standards and Indigenous Cultures - Issues of equity and cultural integrity in higher education and the workplace. Global Competencies - National Training Board Conference Proceedings, Sydney, NSW. Global competencies workplace outcomes: a conference about getting results from competency standards, 28 February - 3 March 1995, Sydney, Australia

  Policy Briefs and Guidelines (peer reviewed)

  •   Walker, R., & Shepherd, C. (2008) Policy Brief, 'Aboriginal Family Functioning - What works and why' , Australian Family Relationship Centre, Australian Institute of Family Studies. 
  • Walker, R.,Ballard, J. & Taylor, C. (2003) Indigenous Evaluation Frameworks,Indigenous AHURI Policy Bulletin, Australian Housing Urban Research Institute (AHURI), Melbourne. 
  • Walker, R. (2010) Ethical Principles and Guidelines for Indigenous Research, AHURI (10th edition) 

  Thesis 

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