FocusOnResearch – Shepparton Scholars, from Luzrezia Borgia to Ecosystems, place does not limit us

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Tuesday 06 October 2020 12:00 pm until Thursday 08 October 2020 02:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Suzanne Muntz
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La Trobe Shepparton Campus researchers
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Tuesday 6th October 12 noon

Dr Phuc Nguyen

Title: What factors encourage job seekers to find a Job or move off benefits? Modelling street level bureaucracy.

Authors: Prof. Jenny Lewis, University of Melbourne Dr. Phuc Nguyen, La Trobe University Prof. Mark Considine, University of Melbourne

Abstract: The reform of welfare services in many OECD nations has had major impacts on what happens at the frontline or street-level, where services are delivered to jobseekers. Numerous policy, organizational, and operational factors affect the way staff orient themselves to this work and to achieving the desired outcomes of helping them find a job or moving them off benefits. Based on theory, many mid-range factors are expected to be positively related to outcomes, yet there has been limited attention paid to these. In this article we use a modelling approach to examine the impacts of seven sets of factors on outcomes. Using a large dataset (n=3390 complete responses) collected in Australia, the UK and the Netherlands, and partial least squares (PLS) models, we show that outcomes improve when frontline staff have more of a work-first approach, but a range of other factors are also related to frontline staff perceiving that they have helped jobseekers to either find a job or to move off benefits.

Dr Mishel McMahon

Research to Practice: Enabling First Nations practice perspectives for Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) allied health professionals

This project transitions research findings into industry practice. McMahon (2017) PhD positioned key principles for First Nations allied health practice. Through CPD sessions with VACCA, staff have been enabled to develop practice around intake, assessment and interventions informed by both Western and First Nations perspectives.

Corina Modderman

Title: Transnational Social Workers’ understanding of Australian First Nations perspectives in statutory child protection service delivery.

This talk will highlight understandings held by 13 social workers from the United Kingdom and Ireland of Australian First Nations peoples when they migrate to practice in frontline child protection. The social work profession is embedded in place; qualifications and applications of social work are located within a local and national context. Transnational social work entails being separated from the construction of social work as it was known which may cause tension when engaging with First Nations worldviews.

Tuesday 6th October 6:00pm

Jenny Bassett (Health Science)

Title: Simulation interactions; the memorable moments: A grounded theory study.

Glasser (2007) asserts “all is data”, to this end, photography will be used as a new method of data collection for a grounded theory study.

This study engages photo elicitation as one of its data collection methods, by asking undergraduate nurses to take a picture of their outstanding memory, of things they have learnt from their undergraduate degree. That they will
carried forward as part of their knowledge development, in readiness for clinical practice. Photography is the replication of a reality in time. Photographs over the decades have evoked strong feelings and meaning. They are often
taken as reminders of life’s events. Photo elicitation has many forms of verified approaches in research. Also known in the literature as photovoice and reflexive photography. It has the potential to unlock new knowing’s of longstanding topics.

Carol Reid (Graduate Research Student, Social Work)

Title: Is it enough to report that the measurement tool was developed from the literature? Exploring the use of Content Validity for newly developed tools.

How often have you seen journal articles report that the measurement tool for data collection was developed (or adapted) from an examination of the literature? This presentation will explore the use of content validity in the process of
developing a data collection tool. It will discuss content validity as objective measurement of the draft list of instrument items by a group of content experts. Items are rated for: 1) Relevancy, 2) Clarity and, 3) Essentiality. A fourth area of
inquiry will also be considered; Social desirability bias. Content validity supports the systematic production of a set of items as a draft instrument which can then be pilot tested with a sample group for face validity (flow of tool items and

Wednesday 7th October 6pm

Dr Darius von Güttner- FRHistS

Title: “Bona Sforza—economic patronage and innovation by early modern elite women”

Abstract: The niece of the notorious Lucrezia Borgia, Bona Sforza (1494–1557) was the heir to the throne of Milan and Queen of Poland by marriage. She was a key figure in the politics and economic life of early modern Europe, an economic innovator and reformer, art and architectural patron. My project explores the life of one of the most important women in Italian and Central European politics during the sixteenth century who left a legacy of innovation and economic reform in her adopted country, Poland. I will examine Bona’s contribution to will contribute to broadening of our understanding of the relationship between gender, economic innovation, authority and power. Bona’s legacy gives an opportunity to examine a rich and relatively unexplored source
of information on a number of crucial historical questions affecting gender relationships of the present: How did this period in particular create such active and powerful female innovators? What was the nature of partnership with their male relatives and/ or husbands? What are the relationships between gender, economic innovation, authority and power?

Dr Doug Robinson, Trust for Nature

Title: Addressing the ‘A’ in ‘CAR’ – improving adequacy of ecosystems and populations in a Comprehensive, Adequate and Representative reserve system on private land.

Systematic conservation planning has typically focussed on the representation of ecosystems in protected areas, aligning with agreed criteria for achieving ‘Comprehensive’ and ‘Representative’ reserve systems. Given the biodiversity crisis, it
is crucial that protection efforts focus on improving the resilience of ecosystems and species. We present a working, Victorian example.

Dr Margaret Hickey and Dr Lucinda Aberdeen

Title: Mining data - Investigating a qualitative inquiry into a Day Rehabilitation program.

In this presentation, Lucinda and Marg outline the approach taken in evaluating a Day Drug Rehabilitation program. The findings from the small cohort captured the histories and lived experiences of participants in the program, as well as the limitations of explaining these according to new recovery models. We discuss alternative ways of making sense of rich unanticipated data and other ways of theorising recovery.

Thursday 8th October 12 noon

Yangama Jokwiro (Health Science)

Title: Staff Questionnaire for Infectious disease outbreak (SQIDO): COVID-19 questionnaire

The outbreak of Covid-19 has highlighted a literature gap in tools that evaluate stress and emotional responses of staff members to the pandemic. The talk will present the development and validation of the Staff Questionnaire for Infectious disease outbreak (SQIDO): COVID-19

Dr Werner Vogels

Title: Evaluating an Integrated area-based Health System model for children and young people in Out-of-Home Care in rural Victoria

The evaluation of this 10 year project covers the initial two years, during which time a comprehensive and diverse evaluation approach will be applied to examine barriers and enablers to system change, most prominently focusing on a series of Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles to structure and inform future direction of the project and its deliverables. During this talk, I will highlight and reflect on early findings and the realities of independent evaluation.

Sire Camara (Research Assistant)

Title: Literature Review

What essential elements constitute a trauma-informed intensive case management model for young people (12-17) in (therapeutic) residential care in regional Victoria, centred around the provision of high-quality, with a focus on transformational outcomes for residential service delivery?



20th Oct 2020 2:57pm

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