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Personal profile

After graduating from Mid Sweden University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work I worked for 8 years at the National Institute for Working Life in Sweden conducting work in the fields of health promotion, organizational and professional development. During my time at the National Institute for Working Life, I also got my position as PhD candidate, enrolled at Curtin University. In 2005 I joined the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University as Project Coordinator for the Kalgoorlie Alcohol Action Project, a project aimed at changing attitudes and behaviour associated with excessive alcohol use. During my time in Kalgoorlie, I also had the benefit of being invited by the mining industry to conduct a comprehensive mapping of workplace health and provide a recommendation on evidence-based interventions. Our Kalgoorlie team was also invited by the Aboriginal community in Norseman to evaluate the effectiveness of the Norseman Voluntary Liquor Agreement. Since 2010 I have been working at Charles Sturt University as a lecturer, researcher and, course director.

Research Interests

My research interests include:

  • Climate Change, Human Rights and Mental Health
  • Mindfulness and Mental Health
  • E-Mental Health
  • Complex Mental Health Conditions and Service Provision
  • Healthy and Sustainable Working Life

Teaching

Throughout my time at CSU I have taught a range of subjects including Cross-Cultural Competencies, Social Work Theory and Practice 1. Most recently I have been teaching the following subjects at post-graduate level:

  • BMS420 - Mindfulness and Acceptance in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (School of Biomedical Science)
  • WEL425 - Addiction - Clinical Practice in Human Services
  • HCS409 - Social Welfare in Human Services
  • HCS531 - Leading Service Development in Human Service Organisations
  • HLT427 - Integrating Mental Health, Chronic Illness and Palliative Care
  • HLT428 - The Existential Experience of Suffering Across the Life Span

At undergraduate level I have been teaching the following subjects:

  • HCS200 Social Work Theory and Practice 1
  • HCS310 Mental Health Practice
  • WEL218 Developing Cross Cultural Competencies

I am highly passionate about subject writing and teaching, both in the online environment and face-to-face, and I enjoy the challenge of keeping subjects at the forefront of empirical knowledge. 

Publications

  • Velander, F. (2018). Wellbeing and social work - is it possible? In M. Pawar, W. Bowles & K. Bell (Eds.). Social Work - Innovations and insights. Chapter 14, pp. 200-216. Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing. 
  • Crowther, A, Kornhaber, R., Velander, F., Drummond, S. & Cleary, M. (2017). Exploring the motivation for body piercing: a pilot study. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38(8): 682-683.

  • Schineanu, A. & Velander, F. (2016). Vulnerabilities and Abuse. In Bernoth, M. & Winkler, D. (Eds.). Healthy Ageing & Aged Care. Oxford University Press. pp. 160-179. Textbook awarded the Best Tertiary Student Resource in Australia 2017. 

  • Velander, F. & Schineanu, A., (2014), Culturally Secure Community Development. In Goel, K., Pulla, V. & Francis, A. (Eds.), Community work: Theories, experiences and challenges. Niruta Publications, Bangalore, India. ISBN 978-81-923326-7-3.

  • Cercarelli, R., Allsop, S., Evans, M., and Velander, F., (2012), Reducing alcohol-related harm. An evidence review – summary report. Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. Carlton, Victoria, Australia. ISBN: 978-1-921822-32-2.

  • Cercarelli, R., Allsop, S., Evans, M., and Velander, F., (2011), Reducing alcohol-related harm. An evidence review – full report. Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. Carlton, Victoria, Australia. ISBN: 978-1-921822-25-4.

  • Velander, F., Schineanu, A., Liang W. and Midford, R. (2010) Digging for gold and coming up blue: a health survey in the mining industry, Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 26(5): pp389-401.

  • Velander, F., Schineanu, A. and Midford, R. (2010) Attitudes and knowledge of alcohol related harm minimisation initiatives in a rural Australian city: a baseline survey; Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 17(4):pp354-369

  • Schineanu, A., Velander, F., and Saggers, S. (2010) “Don’t wake up angry no more” – The evaluation of the Norseman Voluntary Liquor Agreement, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. ISBN: 978-0-9807054-1-6

  • Velander, F., Schineanu, A. and Saggers, S. (2010) Kalgoorlie Alcohol Action Project: 2006-2009 Evaluation; National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia.

  • Velander, F., (2008) Prevention of alcohol-related harm in the workplace – an exploratory study investigating the obstacles and facilitators of good practice. Thesis presented for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University of Technology. 

  • Schineanu, A., Velander F. and Midford, R. (2007) Kalgoorlie Alcohol Action Project Baseline Report; National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. 

  • Midford R., Velander, F. & Allsop, S., (2005) Alcohol and Other Drugs in the Workplace in Preventing Harmful Substance Use: The Evidence Base for Policy and Practice. John Wiley & Sons. 

  • Velander, F (1999) A trainee program – a tool for working life development, Experiences from the first phase of a trainee program at the National Institute for Working Life, Östersund, Sweden. Arbetslivsrapport 1999:6. 

  • Velander, F and Stavhag A, (1999) Collaborative project Falcon – an evaluation, National Institute for Working Life, Östersund, Sweden.      

Conference Papers  

  • Mitigating the effects of climate change: connection to land and mental health. Dr Fredrik Velander & Dr Merrily Crichton. 21st biennial international conference of international consortium for social development 2019. Department of Social Development and Welfare. Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. 

  • Human rights and the cultivation of user-driven mental health prevention and treatment services in rural and regional Australia. Dr Merrilyn Crichton & Dr Fredrik Velander. 21st Biannual internaitonal conference of international consortium for social development 2019. Department of Social Development and Welfare. Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Univeritas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. 
  • Human Services at a Water Shed. Dr Fredrik Velander & Dr Cate Thomas. ANZSWWER Symposium 2017 – Challenging Dominant Discourses. 7-8 September 2017. The University of Auckland, Epsom Campus, New Zealand.

  • The eco-social approach to social work curricula – a live example. Dr Cate Thomas & Dr Fredrik Velander. ANZSWWER Symposium 2017 – Challenging Dominant Discourses. 7-8 September 2017. The University of Auckland, Epsom Campus, New Zealand. 

  • Mental wellbeing and (social) work – is it possible? Social Work Education and Practice: Insights and Innovations. 25 Years of Social Work Education at CSU Colloquium. 2 – 3 November 2016. Charles Sturt University Convention Centre. 

  • Body piercing as reclamation of self following abuse. The 3rd Biennial Australian Capital Region Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre Conference. 16 & 17 October 2014, Hyatt Hotel Canberra. 

  • A profession in crisis? Gender and motivation in social work. 2012 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: Action and Impact. 9 July 2012, Stockholm, Sweden.

  • Digging deep and coming up blue – results from a comprehensive health screening in a mining company. Rural & Remote Mental Health Conference, 11-13 November 2009, Kalgoorlie, WA. 

  • The Use of Social Marketing to Change Attitudes to Alcohol. The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference (APSAD) November 2008, Sydney Convention Centre, Sydney. 

  • Prevention of alcohol-related harm in the workplace – an exploratory study investigating the obstacles to and facilitators of best practice. Centre for International Health Doctoral Forum 2008, 3rd July 2008, Perth, WA.

  • Working Together for Success. 2008 Drug and Alcohol Office Annual Workshop, 12 March 2008, Perth. 

  • Kalgoorlie Alcohol Action Project – preventing alcohol-related harm in an outback community of Western Australia. 18th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm. 13-17 May 2007, Warsaw, Poland. 

  • Current Alcohol Trends in the Region – results of a baseline study. Local Drug Action Groups Inc., Goldfields Regional Forum. 22-23 June 2007, Kalgoorlie. 

  • Investigating a Community’s Readiness for Changing the Way it Deals with Alcohol. Free public seminar at the National Drug Research Institute, Thursday 19th June, 2007. 

  • Investigating a Community’s Readiness for Change the Way it Deals with Alcohol: Findings from the West Australian Community of Kalgoorlie. The Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference (APSAD) 2006. Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns Queensland, Sunday 5 – Wednesday 8 November 2006. 

     

Education/Academic qualification

Leadership, Graduate Certificate in University Leadership and Management, Charles Sturt University

20162018

International Health, PhD, Curtin University

Social Work, BSciSw, Mid Sweden University

External positions

CEO, Applied Prevention Services

01 Apr 2010 → …

Regional Alcohol & Tobacco Brief Intervention Coordinator / Smoke Free Coordinator for the Goldfields Region, WA Country Health Service, Dept of Health

01 Aug 200930 Apr 2010

Project Manager, AOD Co-morbidity capacity building, Centrecare Goldfields, Western Australia

01 Feb 200930 Aug 2009

Project Coordinator, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

01 Nov 200528 Feb 2009

PhD Candidate, Department for Research on Development Processes, National Institute for Working Life

01 Jan 200130 Jan 2006

Research Assistant, Department for Research on Development Processes, National Institute for Working Life

01 May 199901 Jan 2001

International Fieldwork Coordinator, Mid Sweden University

01 Feb 199730 Jul 1998

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Research Output 2005 2019

human rights
mental health
mental illness
planning
health

Well-being and social work: Is it possible?

Velander, F., Aug 2018, Social Work: Innovations and insights. Pawar, M., Bowles, W. & Bell, K. (eds.). North Melbourne, Vic: Australian Scholarly Publishing, p. 200-216 17 p.

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

Exploring the motivations for body piercing: A pilot study

Crowther, A., Kornhaber, R., Velander, F., Drummond, S. & Cleary, M., Aug 2017, In : Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 38, 8, p. 682-683 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Human Services at a Watershed

Velander, F. & Thomas, C., 2017.

Research output: Other contribution to conferenceAbstract

File
social work
climate change
government agency
overseas
documentation

The eco-social approach to social work curricula – a live example

Thomas, C. & Velander, F., 2017.

Research output: Other contribution to conferenceAbstract

File
social work
curriculum
sustainability
education
resilience

Activities 2014 2018

  • 2 Peer review responsibility, including review panel or committee
  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar/presentation
  • 1 Public outreach
  • 1 Hosting a visitor

HCS300/509 Social Work Theory and Practice 3 - Residential School

Fredrik Velander (Speaker)
18 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationAcademic

Cambridge University Press (Publisher)

Fredrik Velander (Reviewer)
01 Apr 201822 Apr 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review responsibility, including review panel or committee

Well-being and (Social) Work - is it possible

Fredrik Velander (Speaker)
12 Feb 2018

Activity: Other EngagementPublic outreachCommunity

Routledge (Publisher)

Fredrik Velander (Reviewer)
2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review responsibility, including review panel or committee

Stig Vinberg

Fredrik Velander (Host)
25 Nov 2014

Activity: Hosting a visitorAcademic

Press / Media

Momentum to change: Viewers react to Riverina's Struggle Street

Fredrik Velander

10/10/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Look after your mind in exam time

Fredrik Velander

15/10/15

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Epigenetics

Fredrik Velander, Wouter Kalle, Isobel Bailey, Morgan Luck & John Breckenridge

07/10/14

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media