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Susan Banks

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Susan Banks

Susan Banks

Lecturer
Sociology

Room L236, Humanities, Newnham Campus

6226 7604 (phone)

Susan.Banks@utas.edu.au

Susan is a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences. She is also collaborating with researchers in the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, the Faculty of Health and the School of Law at UTAS. Her PhD examined the intersection of meaning and practice in the delivery of aged care and disability support.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree

Thesis title

University

Country

Date of award

PhD

‘Becoming people to each other’: How practice and meaning intersect in the delivery of aged care and disability support

University of Tasmania

AUST

2016

BFA

 

University of Tasmania

Australia

1984

    

Biography

Susan Banks is a lecturer and early career researcher with a multi-disciplinary track record. Before commencing her sociology PhD, she had research and project management roles in the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania, the Service Leadership Innovation Research Programme and the Communication Centre at the Queensland University of Technology, and as a freelance academic editor and writer. The participation and inclusion of people from marginalised groups has been a recurring theme in these roles. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (UTAS) and first worked as a gallery director and art journalist.

Research Themes

Susan’s research aligns with the University’s research themes of Better Health and Creativity, Culture and Society. Focusing on marginalised groups (including, people with disability, older people), it explores meaning, identity, inclusion and participation, as well as the social construction of health, disability and ageing. She is also involved in new work on understanding and responding to elder abuse, and on the social determinants of health. These projects are linked by her interest in the sociology of emotions, recognition theory and social policy.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • The Australian Sociological Association
  • The Australian Association of Gerontology

Administrative expertise

Project management on:

  • ARC Linkage ‘Across.net’ project (QUT, UQ, Griffith, Qld Health and others)
  • ‘2009 Tasmanian Aged Care Assessment Program review’ for Department of Health and Human Services, Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre (WDREC)
  • ‘Trialling a community service decision aid (The GOLD Book)’, WDREC

Susan has also managed several international, multi-author publishing projects.

Teaching

Sociology of emotion, symbolic interactionism, social policy, disability, aged care, sociology of health, Aboriginal health, culture and health

Teaching expertise

Susan has coordinated HGA138 (Society, Culture and Health), tutored in several sociology and nursing units and is currently lecturing in Sociological Analysis of Modern Societies, and Social Problems and Social Policy.

Teaching responsibility

HGA202 Sociological Analysis of  Modern Society

HGA223 Social Problems and Social Policy

HGA138 Society, Culture and Health

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Expertise

  • Ageing
  • Disability
  • Support provision and workforce
  • Qualitative research
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Recognition theory
  • Sociology of emotions

Awards

  • Australian Postgraduate PhD Scholarship
  • Prize for the best paper delivered by a PhD candidate, 4th Annual TASA Sociology of Emotions and Affect Thematic Group Workshop, for the paper, “‘I really want to see the value in her—that was my work for those two weeks’: Emotion work in the provision and receipt of support”.

Collaboration

Susan is part of an interdisciplinary team (with Dr Suanne Lawrence, School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Ms Terese Henning, Tasmanian Law Reform Institute) investigating responses to elder abuse.

Research Fields

  • Aged Health Care (111702)
  • Aged Care Nursing (111001)
  • Sociology (160899)
  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Race and Ethnic Relations (160803)
  • Social Theory (160806)
  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
  • Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
  • Rural Sociology (160804)
  • Primary Health Care (111717)
  • Access to Justice (180102)

Research Impact

  • Nursing (920210)
  • Palliative Care (920211)
  • Health and Support Services (920299)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Health Related to Ageing (920502)
  • Carer Health (920202)
  • Learner and Learning Achievement (930101)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health (920301)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) (920303)
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders Related to Ageing (920112)
  • Canola (820502)
  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)
  • Behaviour and Health (920401)
  • Structure, Delivery and Financing of Community Services (940117)
  • Law Reform (940405)

Publications

Dr Banks’ publications reflect the broadly sociological thrust of her research and consultation roles. Most recently, this has included researching and writing texts for use by disability support workers and people with intellectual impairment to promote better health and social participation.

Total publications

26

Journal Article

(11 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Banks S, ' Knowing me, knowing you': disability support worker as emotional mediator?', Sexualities: Studies in Culture and Society, 19, (5-6) pp. 659-676. ISSN 1363-4607 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1363460715620565 [eCite] [Details]

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2014Petriwskyj A, Gibson A, Parker D, Banks S, Andrews S, et al., 'Family involvement in decision making for people with dementia in residential aged care: a systematic review of quantitative literature', International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, 12, (2) pp. 64-86. ISSN 1744-1595 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1097/XEB.0000000000000003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: Andrews S; Robinson A

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2014Robinson A, Eccleston C, Annear M, Elliott K-E, Andrews S, et al., 'Who Knows, Who Cares? Dementia knowledge among nurses, care workers, and family members of people living with dementia', Journal of Palliative Care, 30, (3) pp. 158-165. ISSN 0825-8597 (2014) [Refereed Article]

PMID: 25265739 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Robinson A; Eccleston C; Annear M; Elliott K-E; Andrews S; Stirling C; Ashby M; McInerney F

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2014Stirling C, McInerney F, Andrews S, Ashby M, Toye C, et al., 'A tool to aid talking about dementia and dying - Development and evaluation', Collegian, 21, (4) pp. 337-343. ISSN 1322-7696 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2013.08.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Stirling C; Andrews S; Robinson A

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2014Petriwskyj A, Gibson A, Parker D, Banks S, Andrews S, et al., 'A qualitative metasynthesis: family involvement in decision making for people with dementia in residential aged care', International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, 12, (2) pp. 87-104. ISSN 1744-1595 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1097/XEB.0000000000000002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4

Co-authors: Andrews S; Robinson A

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2013Petriwskyj A, Parker D, Robinson AL, Gibson A, Andrews SM, et al., 'Family involvement in decision making for people with dementia in residential aged care: a systematic review of quantitative and qualitative evidence', JBI Database of Systematic Reviews & Implementation Reports, 11, (7) pp. 131-282. ISSN 1838-2142 (2013) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Robinson AL; Andrews SM

2012Stirling C, Leggett S, Lloyd B, Scott J, Blizzard L, et al., 'Decision aids for respite service choices by carers of people with dementia: development and pilot RCT', BMC Medical Information and Decision Making, 12, (21) pp. 1-9. ISSN 1472-6947 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/1472-6947-12-21 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Stirling C; Lloyd B; Scott J; Blizzard L; Robinson A

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2010Leggett SM, Churchill B, Doherty KV, Robinson AL, Stirling CM, 'Countering stagnation in a complex environment: Shoring up professional identity among aged care assessors', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 29, (S2) pp. 21. ISSN 1440-6381 (2010) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Churchill B; Doherty KV; Robinson AL; Stirling CM

2010McInerney F, Andrews SM, Ashby M, Leggett SM, Robinson AL, et al., 'Palliative care educational needs analysis: Issues identified for aged care staff', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 29, (S2) pp. 2. ISSN 1440-6381 (2010) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Andrews SM; Robinson AL; Stirling CM

2010Robinson AL, Andrews SM, Ashby M, Leggett SM, McInerney F, et al., 'Dementia knowledge of RACF staff and family carers', Australasian Journal on Ageing, 29, (S2) pp. 36. ISSN 1440-6381 (2010) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Robinson AL; Andrews SM; Stirling CM

2005Penn DL, Simpson L, Edie G, Banks SM, Wood L, et al., 'Development of ACROSSnet: an online support system for rural and remote community suicide prevention workers in Queensland, Australia', Health Informatics Journal, 11, (4) pp. 275-294. ISSN 1460-4582 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1460458205058755 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16

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Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Simpson L, Hall M, Legget S, 'Gendered Identities and Caring: Health Intermediaries and Technology in Rural and Remote Queensland', Gender, Health and Information Technology in Context, Palgrave Mcmillian, Ellen Balka, Eileen Green, Flis Henwood (ed), United States, pp. 34-52. ISBN 9780230216341 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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2008Simpson L, Hall M, Banks SM, ''We're all out there busting our guts, trying to do the best that we can for our people': Health Intermediaries in Australian Indigenous Communities', Mediating health information : the go-betweens in a changing socio-technical landscape, Palgrave Macmillan, C. Nadine Wathen, Sally Wyatt, Roma Harris. (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 151-166. ISBN 9780230201200 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Banks S, 'Co-conspirators in the maintenance of self? Recognition, paid care and support workers, recipients and informal caregivers', Neoliberalism and Contemporary Challenges for the Asia-Pacific, 23-26 November, Cairns (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2015Banks S, 'Live and let live: Not everyone's life is a Home Beautiful spread', Healthy Aging beyond Frontiers, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Asia/Oceania 2015 Congress, 19-22 October, Chiang Mai (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2015Banks S, 'I really want to see the value in her that was my work for those two weeks': Emotion work in the provision and receipt of support', the 4th Annual TASA (The Australian Sociological Association) Sociology of Emotions and Affect Thematic Group Workshop, 26 June, Brisbane (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2011Leggett SM, Stirling CM, Andrews SM, McInerney F, Donohue C, et al., 'A dementia/palliative approach education program for RACF staff - Building on staff experience', Gerontology and Geriatrics Conference, October 2011, Melbourne (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Stirling CM; Andrews SM; Robinson AL

2011Leggett SM, Stirling CM, Andrews SM, McInerney F, Donohue C, et al., 'Establishing and trialling Dementia Palliative Care Resource Nurses (DPRN) roles to facilitate the delivery of a palliative approach for people with dementia', Ninth Asia/Oceania Regional Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics posters, 23-27 October 2011, Melbourne (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Stirling CM; Andrews SM; Robinson AL

2011McInerney F, Robinson AL, Andrews SM, Donohue C, Leggett SM, et al., 'Mind over matter? Carers' construction of dementia: Implications for care planning', Ninth Asia/Oceania Regional Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics proceedings, 23-27 October 2011, Melbourne (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Robinson AL; Andrews SM; Stirling CM

2011McInerney F, Robinson AL, Andrews SM, Donohue C, Leggett SM, et al., 'Aged care staff and family carers knowledge of dementia', Ninth Asia/Oceania Regional Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics proceedings, 23-27 October 2011, Melbourne (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Robinson AL; Andrews SM; Stirling CM

2011Stirling CM, Andrews SM, McInerney F, Robinson AL, Leggett SM, et al., 'Developing tools for knowledge translation', Gerontology & Geriatrics 2011 abstract book, 23-27 October, Melbourne, pp. 171. (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Stirling CM; Andrews SM; Robinson AL; Ashby M

2011Stirling CM, Leggett SM, Scott JL, Quinn SW, Robinson AL, 'Providing decision support to carers', Ninth Asia/Oceania Regional Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics posters, October 2011, Melbourne (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Stirling CM; Scott JL; Quinn SW; Robinson AL

2010Robinson AL, McInerney F, Andrews SM, Ashby M, Leggett SM, et al., 'Variations between staff and family understanding of dementia - implications for palliative care', The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Faculty of psychiatry of old age conference abstracts, 12th November, Hobart, pp. 1. (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Robinson AL; Andrews SM; Stirling CM

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Robinson AL, Stirling CM, Leggett SM, Doherty KV, Churchill B, 'Review of the Tasmanian Aged Care Assessment Program: Report to the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services', DHHS (2009) [Consultants Report]

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Co-authors: Robinson AL; Stirling CM; Doherty KV; Churchill B

Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Banks S, ''Becoming people to each other': How practice and meaning intersect in the delivery of aged care and disability support' (2016) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2012Walter MM, Hansen EC, Banks SM, 'How Valuable is Mainstream Social Determinants Theory for Explaining Indigenous Health Inequality?', National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Inequality Council, Hobart, Tasmania (2012) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Walter MM; Hansen EC

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

2

Total funding

$77,925

Projects

Elder-abuse in Tasmania (2016)$6,999
Description
What do we know about elder abuse in Tasmania? How might knowledge of elder abuse in Tasmania be used to ensure older Tasmanians will enjoy their increased longevity? How important are Tasmanias front-line health workers in recognising and responding to elder-abuse? Funding will be used to scope the need to investigate current regulatory frameworkslocal, national and internationalfor dealing with elder abuse, including legislation, policy documents and rights frameworks. This will include background literature and research reviews (months 1-3) to provide the foundation for designing the eventual research proposal. This project will also include interviews with key stakeholders (identified in the scoping review, months 3-6), to gain further understanding of elder-abuse issues not yet emergent in the research/legal literature or government policy leading to publication of results (final months with further outputs in the following year).
Funding
University of Tasmania ($6,999)
Scheme
Grant-Cross-Disciplinary Incentive
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lawrence SJ; Henning T; Banks SM
Year
2016
Aged Care Assessment Program (ACAP) Review (2009 - 2010)$70,926
Funding
Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania ($70,926)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Robinson AL; Stirling CM; Doherty KV; Banks SM; Churchill B
Period
2009 - 2010