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Stefany Brajanovski Graduate Researcher, Social Work & Social Policy

Stefany Brajanovski is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Social Work & Social Policy. Stefany’s PhD research focuses on the recovery experiences of Aboriginal women transitioning from drug and alcohol treatment settings back into community. Stefany has a strong interest in how trauma and social marginalisation shape drug taking practices, and the impact of structural violence and racism on the health and social wellbeing of minority groups. Her research is underpinned by an interest in decolonising, narrative and collaborative approaches to explore how social policy and health services can be designed to promote the resilience in people who actively use drugs, to prevent drug related harms and improve health outcomes.

Whilst, being a PhD researcher, Stefany has experience in community development, policy research and early childhood education. Stefany is currently a tutor at the Koorie Homework Club at St Albans Community Centre supporting Aboriginal children and families living in Melbourne’s West. Stefany’s earlier career experience includes an internship and volunteer role in the research policy department at the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO). Her engagement in community and policy spaces gives her a keen understanding on the importance of making research accessible and relevant to the social experiences of communities, policy makers and practitioners.


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