Christina David

Dr Christina David

Social Work lecturer and Program Manager undergraduate social work

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DSCSchool of Global, Urban Social Studies


Social Global Studies Centre (SGSC)


Emailchristina.david@rmit.edu.au


Phone: +61 39925 3137


Campus: Melbourne City 


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Christina David is outside. She is wearing a striped shirt and smiling

Contact details

DSCSchool of Global, Urban Social Studies


Social Global Studies Centre (SGSC)


Emailchristina.david@rmit.edu.au


Phone: +61 39925 3137


Campus: Melbourne City 


Programs

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Dr Christina David is a critical social work academic with extensive teaching and research experience. Dr David is Program Manager of undergraduate social work at RMIT, is engaged in funded research projects, and supervises HDR students.

Overview

Dr Christina David is Program Manager for the two undergraduate social work programs at RMIT, the Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) and the Bachelor of Social Work (Hons)/Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology). Dr David is also actively engaged in funded research projects mainly relating to the experiences of people living with disability engaging with different policy and service settings. Dr David's doctoral research explored individualised funding approaches for people with disability and her work continues to explore the role and impacts of choice and self- determination in policy reforms such as the NDIS and Consumer Directed Care. Dr David’s research interests and activities also include projects related to supportive housing models, ageing, and elder abuse service and support responses.

Dr David is primarily engaged in qualitative research and participatory methodologies, including co-design, which focus on working collaboratively with people with lived experience. Dr David also supervises HDR students undertaking research in related areas.

As an educator, Dr David is also interested in the development of critical social work education and engages in scholarship of learning and teaching (SoLT) research. As part of this work, Dr David seeks to collaborate with students to better understand their learning experience and how the curriculum and teaching approaches can be continually enhanced to support the development of engaged and critical social work graduates.

Dr David maintains strong relationships with industry partners in the community and government sectors. She also actively engages in cross disciplinary collaborations with colleagues within RMIT and from other universities. She has strong professional networks and is the secretary of ANZSWWER (Australia and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research).

Qualifications: PhD, Grad. Dip. (Bus.), BSW, BEd.

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Industry experience

Dr David’s is an experienced educator and social worker. Her social work practice experience was in tertiary rehabilitation, working with people with disability toward employment and independent living goals. In this sector she held various roles including case-management, research and evaluation, quality, policy, and management. Prior to social work Dr David worked as a secondary teacher and journalist. 

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Research

Dr David is a critical social work academic with extensive research experience in projects related to the lived experience of people with disability and with particular emphasis on qualitative research and participatory methodologies. Her research seeks to apply a critical intersectional lens to lived experience to better understand implications for policy and practice reform. In addition to disability, Dr David is also engaged in research and evaluation projects related to supported housing models, ageing, elder abuse, and social work education. 

Research keywords

Disability, Applied Human Rights, Individualised Funding, NDIS, Social Work, Social Work Education, Ageing, Elder Abuse, Psychosocial Disability, Permanent Supportive Housing

Research output summary

9

Publications

8

Projects

3

Industry Reports

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Supervisor interest areas

Dr David is interested in supervising research projects relating to the experiences of people with disability and workforce in diverse policy and service settings. Dr David is also interested in hearing from students researching areas related to social work education as well as projects relating to elder abuse.

Supervisor projects

  • Assistive Technology Transfer in Brazil: A multi sector policy analysis. (PhD)
  • Exploring the potential for community academic partnerships in social work field education. (Masters by Research)

Feature publications

An Off-Site Supervision Model of Field Education Practice: Innovating While Remaining Rigorous in a Shifting Field Education Context

Australian Social Work

Egan, R., David, C. & Williams, J. (2021)

You are here! Negotiating liminality in place in the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Qualitative Social Work, 19(3), 359–379

Ramcharan, P., David, C., & Marx, K. (2020)

Discursive constructions of consumer choice, performance measurement and the marketisation of disability services and aged care in Australia

Australian Journal of Social Issues. 2020; 00: 1– 18

O'Keeffe, P, & David, C. (2020)

Key publications by year

  • Ramcharan, P., David, C. & Marx, K. (2020) You Are Here! Negotiating the Liminal in Place! Qualitative Social Work 19(3), 359–379
  • O'Keeffe, P, & David, C. (2020) Discursive constructions of consumer choice, performance measurement and the marketisation of disability services and aged care in Australia. Australian Journal of Social Issues. 2020; 00: 1– 18.
  • David, C., Maylea, C., Nipperess, S., & Hirsch, A. (2019) Beyond the silos: Towards transformative social work practice with people from refugee backgrounds living with a disability, in S. Nipperess & C. Williams (eds) Critical Multicultural Social Work Practice. Allen and Unwin
  • Hirsch, A., David, C. Nipperess, S. & Maylea, C. (2019) Intersectionality at the intersections: the changing face of disability and refugee policy and services in Australia. Social Work and Policy Studies: Social Justice, Practice and Theory. vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 1-20.
  • David, C., Laragy, C, & Hudson, E. (2019) Individual Funding for People with Mental Health Issues: Opportunities, Tensions and Outcomes, in J. Martin (ed) Mental Health Policy, Practice, and Service Accessibility in Contemporary Society, IGI Global Hershey PA, USA, pp. 93-106.

Industry Reports

  • Ramcharan, P., David, C., and Johnson, B, (2019) On the Same Page –Promoting family carer support for decision making and choice in the NDIS.Yooralla

Conference Presentations

  • David, C., Ramcharan, P, and Marx, K. (2019) Co-designing citizenship in the NDIS: a place and asset based approach. Activism and social change: Australia and New Zealand Social Work & Welfare Education & Research (ANZSWWER) Symposium, Perth, Australia.
  • Nipperess, S. and David, C. (2019) Partnering with industry for social change: the intersectional needs of people from refugee backgrounds living with a disability. Activism and social change: Australia and New Zealand Social Work & Welfare Education & Research (ANZSWWER) Symposium, Perth, Australia.

Conference Presentations

  • David, C. and Nipperess, S. (2018) Social work education and intersectionality. Australia and New Zealand Social Work & Welfare Education & Research (ANZSWWER) Symposium, Adelaide, Australia.
  • David, C. and Marx, K. (2018) Making Space and Digging for Gold: co-designing community development in the NDIS. ASID Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • David, C. Nipperess, S. and Maylea, C. (2017), 'Submission to the Joint Standing Committee Inquiry into Transitional Arrangements for the National Disability Insurance Scheme', Refugee Council of Australia, Canberra, Australia
  • David, C. & West, R. (2017) NDIS Self-Management Approaches: Opportunities for choice and control or an Uber-style wild west? Australian Journal of Social Issues,52. 331-346

Industry Reports

  • David, C., Ramcharan, P., & West, R. (2017) Community Capacity Building – A Knowledge Review. Baptcare
  • Laragy, C., David, C., Moran, N (2016) A framework for providing information inindividualised funding programs. Qualitative Social Work, 2(15), pp 190-208

Industry Reports

  • David, C. & Ramcharan, P. (2016) Local Area Co-ordination Evaluation in the NDIS Trial Phase. Baptcare
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Feature projects

National Elder Abuse Trials evaluation

Funding - Eastern Legal Community Centre, $55,00

Maylea, C & David

2019 - 2022

Enhancing support services for people with disability and complex needs in permanent supportive housing

Funding - Lord Mayor Charitable Foundation Trust Innovation Grant (Seed) $48,000

David, C. &Nipperess, S. Johnston, G

2020 - 2021

Building Community Capacity in the NDIS

Funding - RMIT ECP Opportunity Fund project $330,000

Ramcharan, P & David, C.

2017 - 2019

Key projects by year

  • Services needs and experiences of people from refugee backgrounds living with disability: a knowledge review, 2018 funded by the Dean’s Strategic Fund grant $3000
  • On the Same Page – Promoting family carer support for decision making and choice in the NDIS $30,000, Commissioned by Yooralla, 2018-2019, (Ramcharan, P.,David, C. & Johnson, B.)
  • Community Capacity Building – A Knowledge Review., 2017, $14,000 Commissioned by Baptcare, (David, C., Ramcharan, P. & West, R)
  • Local Area Co-ordination Evaluation in the NDIS Trial Phase. 2016, $35,000 Commissioned by Baptcare (David, C. & Ramcharan, P.)
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Awards

Early Career Researcher Excellence Award 2019

Award date: 2019

School of Global, Urban and Social Studies

Recipients: Christina David

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.