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Dr Kerryn Bagley Lecturer - Social Work, Social Work LTRHS

Dr Kerryn Bagley is a lecturer in social work and rural health in the La Trobe Rural Health School, Bendigo. Her research investigates how mainstream services and systems can be made more inclusive of disabled people, especially in rural and regional areas. She is committed to research practice that promotes social justice and inclusion, and she utilises methodologies including co-design and consumer participation.

Dr Bagley has a specific interest in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) – an under-acknowledged yet significant condition that is increasingly being recognised in Australian health and community service contexts. Her FASD research considers the lived experience of FASD and how professionals understand and respond to FASD. Her research draws on a foundation of practice experience in FASD diagnosis, intervention, and support for families. Dr Bagley has actively worked to build the capacity of services and systems to respond to FASD in Australia and New Zealand. She was the inaugural co-chair of the Australian and New Zealand FASD Clinical Network, and now chairs the Victorian FASD Special Interest Group. She is also an ambassador for NOFASD Australia.


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