Researcher biography

Professor Karen Healy's research focuses on promoting a healthy start to life for vulnerable children, young people and families. In 2016, she was appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her contribution to social work particularly in child protection, higher education and research. In September 2018, she was awarded the position of Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Her research expertise includes:

a) international and national approaches to social policy and social work practice with vulnerable children, young people and families across the life course;

b) the participation of vulnerable children, young people and families in decision-making especially within child welfare, family support and out of home care services;

c) and professional education and organisation support systems for promoting job satisfaction, workforce retention and best practice among health and welfare professionals.