A/Pr Ros Darracott

A/Pr Ros Darracott
NameA/Pr Ros Darracott
Email Addressros.darracott@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleAssociate Professor (Social Work and Human Services)
QualificationsBSocWk JCU, GCertAcadPrac QUT, MSocWk JCU, PhD QUT
DepartmentSchool of Psychology and Wellbeing
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Ros has thirty years of experience as a social worker, primarily in regional, rural, and remote practice. Ros has worked across government, not-for profit and private practice settings in the fields of health, non-acute mental health, child protection, and family wellbeing. She brings a generalist and generic lens to practice given the rural and remote contexts of much of her direct work. She is a passionate advocate for contextually responsive community-embedded social work practice. Promoting cultural safety and decolonising social work practice are priorities in Ros' teaching; and linked to the decolonisation agenda is a strong interest in eco-social justice and promoting this lens in practice and policy through research.

As a founding member of the Toowoomba Eco-Social Work Group, Ros has facilitated and/or supervised a series of field education placement exploring eco-social work in action. Ros is currently leading the development of a cross-institutional collaboration to further field education and research in this area. As part of the Toowoomba Eco-Social Work Group and now in her role with UniSQ, Ros has a number of research projects in development related to eco-social work including the trial of a heat matrix to support safe discharge planning from hospitals in periods of extreme heat, and an explorative study of the lived experience of older adults during periods of extreme heat in the Toowoomba region. While Ros maintains a research interest in the contextual factors that influence day-to-day practice, much of her research intersects with health service delivery, particularly in regional, rural and remote contexts; and in the context of climate change.

Ros has been a member of the AASW throughout her career, has been an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker since 2005, is a Clinical Member of the Australian Association for Family Therapy, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Social Work

Social Care

Eco-social justice

Eco-social work

Regional, rural, and remote


Landscape of Social Work and Human Services

Deconstructing Health as Social Idea

The Politics of Place: Regional, Rural, and Remote Practice

Practice Ready: Complexity and climate change in the global context

Fields of Research

  • 380108. Health economics
  • 410103. Human impacts of climate change and human adaptation
  • 420199. Allied health and rehabilitation science not elsewhere classified
  • 420305. Health and community services
  • 420311. Health systems
  • 420321. Rural and remote health services
  • 440902. Counselling, wellbeing and community services
  • 440999. Social work not elsewhere classified

Professional Membership

Professional MembershipYear
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Australian Association of Social Workers
Clinical member, Australian Association of Family Therapy
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Australian New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research

Current Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCommenced
How can alternative theoretical frameworks be drawn upon to assist social workers to act against structural violence?Principal SupervisorMasters2024
The role of personal hope for social workers practicing in Queensland Health adult mental health servicesAssociate SupervisorMasters2023

Completed Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCompleted
Down and Out in the Bush: Women's Experiences of Depression in Rural New South WalesAssociateDoctoral2018

Learning by Stealth: Newly Qualified Social Workers’ Experiences of Navigating Health and Hospital Social Work

Davidson, Danielle and Darracott, Rosalyn. 2024. "Learning by Stealth: Newly Qualified Social Workers’ Experiences of Navigating Health and Hospital Social Work." The British Journal of Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcae007

The Influences on Practice in Social Care: An Australian Study

Darracott, R., Lonne, Bob, Cheers, Brian and Wagner, Ingrid. 2019. "The Influences on Practice in Social Care: An Australian Study." Human Services Organizations Management, Leadership and Governance. 43 (1), pp. 16-40. https://doi.org/10.1080/23303131.2018.1564713