DAWN SPINKS' CURRICULUM VITAE
Director, Spinks and Associates Pty Ltd
BH (HONS) EDUCATION AND PSYCHOLOGY (LONDON), M.PUBLIC HEALTH (CURTIN), CGC (LONDON INSTITUTE GROUP ANALYSIS) MACA (CLINICAL)
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERTISE
- MAFPF (member Australian federation of professional facilitators)
- Master Public Health (Curtin University Technology, WA)
- Diploma Group Counselling (London Institute of Group Analysis)
- Bachelor Humanities (Hons) Education And Psychology (London University)
- Currently enrolled in PhD at UQ. Research topic - Impact of child drowning and the use of/availability of support services.
- Teaching Practice
- Psychology of Education
- Child Development
- Communication and the Media
- Youth and Society
- Biological Basis of Behaviour
- Foundations of Education
- Research and Experimental Methods
- Education Reports
- Problem and Methods of Research
- Clinical Counsellor
- Owner / Director communications and psychology business
- Tertiary lecturer
- University assessor
- Coordinator, facilitator and presenter of workshops
- Consultant – Mater Hospital
- Representative on a number of Ministerial committees and Australian Standards committees
- Highly developed media and interview skills
1999 - current
Director, Spinks and Associates Pty Ltd, Counselling, Psychology and Communication Services
- Counselling and Psychology practice
- Author of recent book – Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes - a practical guide to choosing the right counsellor
- Employ psychologist, social worker and NLP Master counsellor
- Developed and delivered a number of workshops
- Invited guest in a number of forums, for example the Women at Work national two day forum at the Hilton, speaking on “Maintaining Good Customer Relations”
- Gave welcoming speech at the opening ceremony of the 2006 National Counselling Conference in Brisbane.
2000 - 2008
- Director, Queensland Safe Communities Support Centre. A W.H.O. project that supports the development of safer and more secure communities on an evidence base, one community at a time. The main role was to identify corporate government and non government partners who have a similar focus on risk management and safety.
- Past Co-vice chair, Australian Safe Communities Foundation (The key role of the Foundation is to develop partners, sponsors, deliver W.H.O. affiliated accreditation and perform an advocacy role on behalf of the Australian communities)
- Manager, Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit (QISU), Mater Hospital, Brisbane. Oversee the general running of the Unit In particular, my specific role was to support the training of pediatricians to work effectively with the media, develop and report on our data capture from emergency departments throughout Queensland and promote the use of the data to a range of stakeholders. This in turn informed legislation, policy, standards and prevention programs at federal, state and community level. A significant amount of my time was spent facilitating national, state and community workshops.
Tasks involved include:
- Managed the Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit (QISU) budget (an annual grant of $420,000) for the past 7 years
- Provided quarterly reports to the Queensland Health QISU Management Committee as part of our service agreement and also to the Mater hospital accountants.
- Managed the budget for the Queensland Safe Communities Support Centre (QSCSC) since its inception 4 years ago. This budget came from a variety of sources including Queensland Health, private businesses and donations
- Sought sponsorship and donations and established a charitable trust
- Managed QISU for 7 years with 5 full time and 4 part time staff
- Managed the collection of injury surveillance data throughout Queensland
- Developed contracts and Memorandums of Understanding with regional hospital boards for the ethical collection of data.
- Established and directed the QSCSC and have brought it to the level of recognition with the WHO. Our application to become a WHO affiliate support centre was to be finalized end 2009. The centre is recognized as one of the best in the world and was stated as such at the recent 17th International Safe Communities Conference held in New Zealand for which I was a lead speaker and a member of the international scientific committee.
1998 – 1999
Consultant – National Heart Foundation / QUEENSLAND AMBULANCE SERVICE
- QAS project involved evaluation of the “One Step Ahead” program, an injury control program offered to parents and childcare workers
- Developed the full evaluation schedule which involved testing the participants’ views on the program presentation, a pre and post test evaluation of their knowledge and attitudes, plus any changes to their environment ascertained against a check list within four weeks of the program
- Coded and assessed the information within the strictest confidentiality guidelines (final report presented to QAS in January 1999)
- Coordinated and facilitated parenting programs to teenagers and young mothers through community programs
- Wrote successful grant applications for Qld University of Technology (QUT).
1998 – 1999
VALUING MOTHERS’ PROGRAM, PARENT AID UNIT, MATER HOSPITAL - Evaluator
- Action research project assessing process and impact evaluation
- Evaluated the success of the program and made recommendations for future directions.
1998 – 1999
FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND - Lecturer, Coordinator
- Contemporary Studies in Health Education and Health Promotion (Semester 1)
- Research and Evaluation in Public Health (Semester 2)
- Teval scores and general feedback suggest I presented a high quality of teaching methodology and a strong content knowledge. This is based on the fact that I have been a health promotion practitioner for 18 years and am able to draw on a wide range of examples to support the theory.
1998 (4 month contract)
HEALTH OUTCOMES UNIT, QUEENSLAND HEALTH - Senior Policy Officer
- Project “brief” was to develop a Queensland Child Health Policy. This involved significant research and workshops with key stakeholders to identify and coordinate the major issues.
1998 (3 month contract)
NH&MRC - Senior Researcher
- Research and write report to the NH&MRC on the Epidemiology of Suicide in Australians
1995 – 1997
PUBLIC TRANSPORT DIVISION, QLD TRANSPORT - Media and Marketing Manager
- Manage the media, marketing and promotions for the Public Transport Division amidst a major reform agenda
- Manage the development and implementation of strategies and programs which inform and educate industry, community, Government and departmental stakeholders on the progress of public transport reforms and any changed requirements under the new system
- Provide leadership and direction to the Media and Marketing Unit for ensure timely and quality delivery of services in support of the division’s media and marketing needs
- Provide specialist advice on all public transport communication matters
- Manage the provision of marketing and media services from external agencies and Corporate Communications Unit
- Manage the development of strategies that ensure the requirements of the Minister’s office and senior management on public transport issues are met
- Represent senior management team for the Division.
QUEENSLAND TRANSPORT - Senior Policy Officer
- New accreditation and authorization legislation implemented in Queensland Transport; two key service providers (Courtesy and Community Transport) had to comply with this new system
- Identified stakeholders, negotiated and developed a complimentary policy and training package, and facilitated the implementation of the policy
- Participated on a senior management team in developing public consultation policy
1995 (6 month contract)
QUEENSLAND TRANSPORT - Senior Consultation Officer
- Coordinated consultation process for a major project – the Integrated Regional Transport Plan
- Established a hotline designing brochures and questionnaires
- Organised and facilitating community and government workshops
- Supported the reference group
- Provided effective feedback to all stakeholders
- Coordinated the data input and evaluation
- Analysed both qualitative and quantitive data
- Awarded Community Consultation Ministerial Award
1993 – 1994
QUEENSLAND TRANSPORT - Senior Behavioural Scientist
- Developed policies and programs based on research findings to reflect demonstrated best practice
- Monitored and reported the effectiveness of selected road safety programs employed in the State
- Participated in the development of an annual research program based on the Road Safety Strategy to ensure a consistent and coordinated approach
- Evaluated existing behavioural countermeasures and programs as required to ensure effectiveness consistent to government and departmental priorities
- Prepared briefing papers, report and correspondence as required for and / or on behalf of the Minister, Director and other senior officers
- Provided technical direction and support to other Road Safety staff on an ongoing basis to contribute to the effectiveness of the Division
- Provided advice to the Parliamentary “Travelsafe” Committee and other Government, industry and community road safety groups as required to ensure that research results are considered by these bodies
- Liaised with senior officers in the Department of Transport and other State Government departments with an interest in behavioural research and policy (for example, Department of Health, Police, etc) on an ongoing basis to ensure consistency in Government policy.
1992 – 1993
SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, QUT - Lecturer – Contemporary Studies in Health Advancement (part time)
- Provided workshop and tutorial support in addition to recommendations on the course content.
1990 – 1993
QUEENSLAND HEALTH, HEALTH ADVANCEMENT BRANCH - Project Coordinator Injury and Injury Prevention
- Regional support and training
- Policy development
- Developed projects related to home injuries
- Presented seminars and workshops
- Developed and delivering training courses on injury control
- Developed a database injury directory
- Policy development – coordinating the development of a statewide injury control policy
- Legislation support and development
- Appropriate use of the media to raise injury issues (for example, regular radio program, television interviews, project launches, using the media to help raise agendas)
- Consulted and supported the Minister and other departments / agencies, writing policy documents and recommendations for grants, NGO projects, particularly projects in relation to child safety.
1981 – 1988
VARIETY OF POSITIONS HELD, INCLUDING:
- Educational Toys Advisor
- Health Education Officer (Health Department of WA)
- Lecturer (Curtin University of Technology, WA)
- Director (Concept Promotions)
- Tutor ESL
- Sales Representative (London Promotion Company)
- Assistant Play Therapist (St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London)
- Manager (East Victoria Park Child Care Centre, WA)
In addition to the above I have:
- been an invited speaker to numerous conferences and workshops, including the International Counselling conference 2006 at which I gave the welcoming speech on behalf of practicing counsellor
- been responsible for numerous QISU bulletins, Safe Communities newsletters and contributions to publications such as the RLSS annual report and 5 year water safety plan, the Child Safety report
- presented numerous papers on safety and risk management, particularly in relation to water safety and corporate partnerships in relation to the infrastructure required toward developing safer communities.
SAMPLE OF PREVIOUS COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS
- Executive Committee – Community based injury prevention Network
- “Healthy Cities” State Committee
- Child Accident Prevention Foundation State Executive
- Public Health Association (PHA) State Executive
- PHA 1995 National Conference Program Committee
- Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals (AAHPP) Executive
- Qld Injury Coalition
- Ministerial Advisory Committee on First Aid
- Australian Resuscitation Council
- Early Childhood Injury Prevention Program
- Electrical Safety Committee
- Queensland Injury Surveillance and Prevention Project (QISPP) Steering Committee
- 17th International Safe Communities Conference – scientific committee 2008
CURRENT COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS
- Electrical Safety Education committee
- Under 5’s water safety DVD reference group (hosted by Department Health and Ageing)
- Swimming Pool Safety Review Committee (established by Anna Bligh)
- Australian Standards committee – domestic pool fencing
Co-authored approximately 40 QISU bulletins spanning 12 years including
Barker,R, Heiring,C, Spinks,D, Pitt,R. Domestic Pool Immersion In Queensland Children Under 5 Years. December 2008
Scott,D. Hockey,R, Barker,R, Spinks,D, Pitt,R. Water Related Injury In Queensland. Dec 2004
Spinks D. Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes. A Practical Guide To Choosing the Right Counsellor. 2008. Available online and at Angus and Robertson book stores
Spinks,D. Pitt,R, 2004. . Program development and implementation. Advocacy. In
McClure, R, Stevenson, M, McEvoy, S. (Eds.) The Scientific Basis of Injury Prevention and Control. Ch 19. IP Communications; Melbourne.
Spinks, Murphy, Driver Tools For Change. The Do It Yourself (DIY) Home Safety Project: Issues in Marketing. Health Promotion Journal of Australia. 1993, 3 (3).
Spinks, D. Operation Waterwise – An Educational Approach to Reducing Pool Drownings Australian Journal of Early Childhood Vol 17 No. 3 September 1992.
Balanda, K., Spinks, D. The Brisbane Home Safety Survey and Its Role In The Queensland Pool Safety Campaign: Domestic Swimming Pool Characteristics, Compliance and Attitudes, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, December 1991.
Spinks, D. Use of data in developing Home Safety Series videos. NISU proceedings ISIS users and PHA (SIG) meetings Adelaide, September 1991.
Spinks, D., Fisher, J. ACHPER Directory of Australian Professional Programs Specialising in Health Education; The ACHPER National Journal, December 1987.
Spinks, D., Fisher, J. Professional Preparation Programs in Health Education Offered At Australian Tertiary Institutions. School of Community Health, Division of Health Sciences, Curtin University of Technology, December 1987.
SELECTION OF PAPERS PRESENTED
Spinks, D. 16 Years of Pool Fencing debate: where to now? RLSSA. Sydney. May 2008
Spinks, D. 17th International Conference on Safe Communities. New Zealand. Lead speaker. From Little things, big things grow. The developing role of the QSCSC. October 2008
Spinks, D. 17th International Conference on Safe Communities. New Zealand. Workshop: A purposeful dialogue; exploring the potential role of the QSCSC in developing Pacific Nations.
Spinks, D. Are you Remotely Interested? Presentation of Safe Communities papers and panel chair. 2007 and 2008, Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health.
Spinks, D. Townsville Thuringowa Safe Communities Designation and Queensland Safe Communities National Conference, Townsville 2006. Building Blocks - Welcome to Safe Communities.
Spinks, D. The value of statistics in drowning prevention. Local Government Rangers Association Conference. March 2006.
Spinks, D. Real community safety - partnerships with shared visions. AIPN 8th Australian Injury Prevention Conference, Sydney, September 2006.
Spinks, D. Facilitator and session leader. Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit (QISU), Queensland Safe Communities Support Centre (QSCSC) and the Department of Local Government, Planning, Sport and Recreation. Pool fencing workshop. Brisbane February 2005
Spinks, D. Welcome to Safe Communities. An Integrated Way of Doing Business. Delfin/Lend Lease Head office, Sydney. 2005
Spinks, D. The fit between Safe communities and Crime Prevention – a Multi-tiered approach. 20th Biennial Conference on Preventing Crime: Trends in Crime Prevention. Freemantle 21-22 March 2005. Australian Crime Prevention Council.
Spinks, D. The Challenges of Sustainability for a Statewide Safe Communities Program. 7th Australian Injury Prevention Conference and 2nd Pacific Rim Safe Communities Conference. September 2004
Spinks, D. The Development and Function of a Support Structure to Sustain the Emerging Safe Communities in Queensland, Australia.Annual Local Government of Queensland Conference, Mackay. August 2004
Spinks. D. Toddler Swimming Pool Drowning in Qld. A learning journey integrating the Safe Communities Model in large urban centres. Calgary Safe Communities Conference. Canada April 2003
Spinks, D. The role of Safe Communities in Toowoomba. Briefing to Public Meeting. Toowoomba 2002
Spinks, D. West Moreton Safe Communities Seminar. Ipswich. Facilitator and session leader – ‘What is a safe Community?’ 11th November 2002,
Cantor, C., Spinks, D., et al. The Epidemiology of Suicide and Attempted Suicide Among Young Australians. Report to the NH&MRC 1999.
Spinks, D. The Role of the Marketing and Promotions Unit: Communications with the Department, Industry and Community. Second Public Transport Regional Workshop, Brisbane, August 1996.
Balanda, K., Spinks, D. Reducing Childhood Home Injuries: The Role of Local Home Safety Surveys. Childhood Injury Prevention and Education. Australian Journal of Early Childhood June 1995.
Spinks, D., Lobban, J. Integrated Regional Transport Plan Consultation Strategy and Evaluation. Queensland Transport document. May 1995.
Spinks, D Whole of Government Approach to a Complex Issue with Varying Agendas. How Do We Effect Any Change? Qld Health Injury Control Workshop, Brisbane, August 1995.
Spinks, D. The Interface Of Public Health And Road Safety. Identifying And Overcoming Barriers To A Road Safety Issue – A Consensual Approach. First National Conference on Injury Prevention and Control; Sydney. February 1995.
Chapman, P., Spinks, D. Recognition of Farm Hazards by Children Engaged in Farming Activities Journal of Occupational Health and Safety. August 1994 (Vol 10 (4).
Spinks, D. The Role Of The Child Health Nurse And Injury Control. Workshop written and delivered at the National Conference for Maternal and Child Health Workers, Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, September 1994.
Spinks, D School Transport Safety; A Case Study Of A Consensual Public Health Approach To A Road Safety Issue. 1994 Road Safety Research and Enforcement Conference, Melbourne.
Spinks, D. Is Injury Prevention an Issue? If It Is, How do we Tackle It and What is the role of health promotion models? August 1993 School of Human Movements, University of Queensland.
Spinks, D. The Role of Queensland Health in Child Education Projects. August 1993.
Spinks, D. Childhood Injuries. The role of the Health Department and the Early Childhood Injury Prevention Project. Child Health Seminar, Brisbane, August 1993.
Spinks, D. The Queensland Pool Fencing Experience Perth 1993.
Spinks, D. The DIY Home Safety Project – Did We Achieve Our Goals? Perth 1993, AAHPP Conference.
Spinks, D. Operation Waterwise – An Educational Approach to Reduce Toddler Drowning. The Second World Injury Conference on Injury Control, Atlanta, USA Abstracts. May 1993.
Spinks, Balanda. The Brisbane Home Safety Survey. The Second World Injury Conference on Injury Control, Atlanta, USA Abstracts. May 1993.
Spinks, D. Marketing DIY Safety to Home Renovators. The Second World Injury Conference on Injury Control, Atlanta, USA Abstracts. May 1993.
Spinks, D., Balanda, K., Ring, I. The Role Of The Brisbane Home Safety Survey In the Queensland Pool Safety Campaign. The Second World Conference on Injury Control, Abstracts. May 1993
Spinks, D. Issues in Conducting a Home Safety Survey on Injury Risk Factors: National Injury Surveillance Unit : ISIS Users and PHA (SIG) Meetings, Adelaide, 1992.
Spinks, D. Accidents Don’t Just Happen. September 1991 and May 1992 for Save the Children Fund (Qld Division) Strathpine and Mt Gravatt.
Spinks, D. Report on Current Queensland Prospects for the Elderly. National Better Health Program Project Evaluation Workshops – November 1991 Sydney.
Spinks, D. Operation Waterwise. Royal Life Saving Society AGM Seminar, QUT Gardens Campus; September 1991.
Spinks, D. Epidemiology of Childhood Injury. June 1991 – Mater Public Hospital, Brisbane.
Spinks, D. Falls in the Elderly – Resources and the Power of Advocacy. Australian Retired Persons Association – Queen Street, Brisbane October 1991.
Spinks, D. Falls in the Elderly – What Can We Do To Prevent Them? Brisbane 1991.
Spinks, D. Homes, Our Most Hazardous Environment – Analysis of a Brisbane Household Survey. PHA special injury seminar, QEII Medical Centre Perth, November 1991.
Spinks, D. Hazard Analyses of the Australian Home CAPFA National Conference. Child Injury Prevention: Australian Response to a Global Problem – University of Western Australia, April 1991.
Spinks, D. Operation Waterwise – Drowning. A National One Day Seminar – Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, November 1990.
Spinks, D. Towards an Integrated Health Promotion Services Branch Approach to Working with General Practitioners. August 1989 – Health Department Western Australia.
2005 – 2008
Regular contributions to
- Safe Community Weekly News
Papers also presented at:
- RLSSA - Water safety conferences 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007,2008
- Numerous water safety/pool fencing workshops around the state
- Presentations to local governments regarding the benefits of Safe Communities.
- Facilitated First National Toy Summit on behalf of Department of Justice and Attorney General. September 2008
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