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Jacob Prehn

Lecturer - Indigenous Fellow
School of Social Sciences

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jacob.prehn@utas.edu.au

Dr. Jacob Prehn (PhD, MSW, B.Soc.Sc.) is an Indigenous Fellow, Lecturer, and the Master of Social Work Course Coordinator in the School of Social Sciences. He is an Early Career Researcher whose research field is primarily sociology and social work. Jacob’s research goal is to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to achieve their hopes, dreams, and aspirations. His publications include quantitative and qualitative data, exploring a range of topics such as Indigenous men and masculinities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing, Indigenous education (primary, secondary, and tertiary), critical sociology and social work, strengths-based approaches, settler colonialism, and Indigenous data sovereignty.

Biography

Before undertaking his current position as an Indigenous Fellow, the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Aboriginal Research and Leadership at the University of Tasmania employed Jacob. In this position he managed projects, coordinated a unit, undertook higher education planning and policy, supported Indigenous HDR students, undertook community engagement, and worked with a team regarding the ARC grant: ‘How do Indigenous children grow up strong in education?’.

Jacob is a former acting-CEO of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers Association (NATSHIWA) and has worked in Aboriginal health since 2010. He is also a qualified Social Worker and Aboriginal Health Worker

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree

Thesis title

University

Country

Date of award

PhD

“We’ve always done it. Country is our counselling office”: Masculinity, Nature-Based Therapy, and the Strengths of Aboriginal Men

University of Tasmania

Australia

2021

Master of Social Work

 

University of Tasmania

Australia

2015

Bachelor of Social Science

 

University of Tasmania

Australia

2013

Grad Cert. of Research

 

University of Tasmania

Australia

2021

Grad Cert. Aboriginal Research and Leadership

 

University of Melbourne

Australia

2019

Cert IV Aboriginal Health Worker

 

Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre

Australia

2012

Languages (other than English)

Basic Palawa Kani (Tasmanian Aboriginal Language)

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Academy of Social Sciences in Australia Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group
  • Maiam nayri Wingara - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Sovereignty Collective
  • Healthy Male Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group
  • SMS4dads Rural and Remote Advisory Group
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
  • Indigenous Allied Health Association (IAHA)
  • National Association for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners (NAATSIHWP) (Formerly NATSHIWA)

Administrative expertise

  • Master of Social Work (Qualifying) Course Coordinator
  • Mayi Kuwayu: The National Study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing Data Governance Committee
  • Aboriginal Research Ethics Advisor

Teaching

Aboriginal Men and Masculinities, Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing, Aboriginal Education, Social Work, Critical Indigenous Sociology and Social Work, Indigenous Data Sovereignty

Teaching expertise

Teaching responsibility

HGW101 Introduction to Social Work and Human Service Practice

HSS113 Indigenous Lifeworlds: local to the global

HGW424 & HGW605 Collaboration, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Social Work

Master of Social Work Qualifying Course Coordinator

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Expertise

As a proud Worimi (Aboriginal) man, sociologist, and social worker, Jacob uses theories and data to advance our knowledge and understanding of the lived experiences of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples. He is interested in empowering Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples to achieve their hopes, dreams, and aspirations, and for non-Indigenous Australians to value First Nations peoples and understand the ongoing tensions which exist in a settler colonial society. To date, Jacob’s primary areas of research are Indigenous men and masculinity, Indigenous health and wellbeing, Indigenous education (primary, second, and tertiary), critical sociology and social work, strengths-based approaches, settler colonialism, and Indigenous data sovereignty. Jacob collaborates with colleagues across Australia and increasingly internationally to shape our understandings of settler colonial societies and the ongoing tensions that exist within.

Areas of research expertise:

  • Indigenous Men and Masculinities
  • Indigenous Health and Wellbeing
  • Indigenous Education (Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary)
  • Settler Colonialism
  • Indigenous Data Sovereignty
  • Indigenous Sociology and Social Work

Research Themes

Jacob’s research aligns to the themes of better health and creativity, and culture and society. His research interests include understanding the strengths and barriers experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to achieve their hopes, dreams, and aspirations.

Jacob is an Early Career Researcher whose main focus is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and masculinities, health and wellbeing, and education.

Other current research includes: Indigenous data sovereignty, exploration of the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC) dataset, the positive role of Indigenous culture on wellbeing, improving social work practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and decolonising and Indigenising curricula.

Awards

  • 2018: Outstanding Contribution by an Indigenous HDR Student - UTAS
  • 2017: Young Aboriginal Achievement Award - Tasmania

Fields of Research

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health and wellbeing (450417)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum and pedagogy (450201)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sociology (450525)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture (450104)
  • Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism (441013)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge management methods (450608)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander information and knowledge management systems (450606)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men's health and wellbeing (450412)
  • Counselling, wellbeing and community services (440902)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lifecourse (450410)
  • Sociology of education (390203)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social work and social justice (450523)
  • Higher education (390303)
  • Indigenous data and data technologies (451906)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural determinants of health (450404)
  • Studies of men and masculinities (440507)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community governance and decision making (450506)
  • Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, histories, culture, country, perspectives and ethics in education (450213)

Research Objectives

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status and outcomes (210302)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education (210299)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander development and wellbeing (210102)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander determinants of health (210301)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community service programs (210101)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services (210199)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge (210404)
  • Pedagogy (160302)
  • Other Indigenous (219999)
  • Other culture and society (139999)
  • Expanding knowledge in Indigenous studies (280114)
  • Expanding knowledge in human society (280123)
  • Criminal justice (230403)
  • Public services policy advice and analysis (230204)
  • Families and family services (230107)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture (210499)

Publications

Jacob is an enthusiastic and highly productive Early Career Researcher with a strong record of publishing in highly regarded journals.

Associate Editor – Australian Journal of Social Issues.

Total publications

44

Highlighted publications

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2020Journal ArticlePrehn J, Peacock H, Guerzoni MA, 'Academic self-concepts of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children', The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education pp. 1-10. ISSN 1326-0111 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/jie.2019.26 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Peacock H; Guerzoni MA

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Journal Article

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2021Prehn J, A Baltra-Ulloa, Canty J, Williamson M, 'In Australia what is the best thing about being an Indigenous father?', Australian Social Work ISSN 1447-0748 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: A Baltra-Ulloa; Canty J; Williamson M

2020Lovett R, Prehn J, Williamson B, Maher B, Lee V, et al., 'Knowledge and power: the tale of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander data', Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2 pp. 3-7. ISSN 0729-4352 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Walter M

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2020Peacock H, Prehn J, Guerzoni MA, Aitken W, Andersen C, 'Upholding heightened expectations of Indigenous children? Parents do, teachers do not', Australian Journal of Indigenous Education pp. 1-9. ISSN 1326-0111 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/jie.2020.28 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Peacock H; Guerzoni MA; Aitken W; Andersen C

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2020Prehn J, Ezzy D, 'Decolonising the health and well-being of Aboriginal men in Australia', Journal of Sociology, 56, (2) pp. 151-166. ISSN 1440-7833 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1440783319856618 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Ezzy D

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2020Prehn J, Guerzoni M, Peacock H, ''Learning her culture and growing up strong': Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander fathers, children and the sharing of culture', Journal of Sociology pp. 1-7. ISSN 1440-7833 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1440783320934188 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Guerzoni M; Peacock H

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2020Prehn J, Peacock H, Guerzoni MA, 'Academic self-concepts of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children from the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children', The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education pp. 1-10. ISSN 1326-0111 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/jie.2019.26 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Peacock H; Guerzoni MA

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2020Prehn J, Peacock H, Guerzoni MA, Walter M, 'Virtual tours of Country: creating and embedding resource-appropriate Aboriginal pedagogy at Australian universities', Journal of Applied Learning & Teaching, 3, (Sp. Iss. 1) Article 7. ISSN 2591-801X (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.37074/jalt.2020.3.s1.7 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Peacock H; Guerzoni MA; Walter M

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2020Walter M, Lovett R, Maher B, Williamson B, Prehn J, et al., 'Indigenous data sovereignty in the era of Big Data and Open Data', Australian Journal of Social Issues pp. 1-14. ISSN 0157-6321 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ajs4.141 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Walter M

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2019Peacock HT, Prehn J, 'The importance of Aboriginal Education Workers for decolonising and promoting culture in primary schools: an analysis of the longitudinal study of Indigenous children (LSIC)', Australian Journal of Indigenous Education pp. 1-7. ISSN 1326-0111 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/jie.2019.13 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Peacock HT

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2019Prehn J, 'Bush Adventure Therapy', Australian Fatherhood Research Network Bulletin, 46, (Special Aboriginal and TSI Edition) pp. 29-29. (2019) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2019Prehn J, Peacock H, 'Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander fathering discourses: what does the data tell us about educational involvement with their children?', Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 22, (3-4, September-December) pp. 1-10. ISSN 1440-5202 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Peacock H

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2018Walter M, Baltra-Ulloa J, Prehn J, 'Intersectionality, Indigeneity, Gender, and Violence', Global Dialogue, 8, (1) pp. 23-24. ISSN 2519-8688 (2018) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Walter M; Baltra-Ulloa J

Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Prehn J, Krakouer J, Fernando T, 'The intersectionality of indigeneity and gender in Australian social work', Aboriginal Fields of Practice, Red Globe Press, B Bennett (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 3-25. ISBN 9781352012286 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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2019Prehn J, 'How social work can improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal men', Our Voices: Aboriginal Social Work, MacMillan, S Bennett and B Green (ed), Melbourne, Australia, pp. 157-174. ISBN 978-1352004090 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(22 outputs)
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2021Lovett R, Prehn J, Maher B, Walter M, 'IDSov and IDGov in Australia: history, key concepts, principles and operation', The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) 2021 Summit: Footprints for the future| Tracking our journey together, 31 May - 4 June 2021, Adelaide (2021) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Walter M

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2021Maher B, Price C, Prehn J, 'IDSov and IDGov in Australia: History, key concepts, principles and operation', 13-14 October, Online (2021) [Conference Edited]

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2021Prehn J, 'Mothers and sportsmen: the gendered and racialised nature of role model selection for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander youths', The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) 2021 Summit: Footprints for the future| Tracking our journey together, 31 May - 4 June 2021, Adelaide (2021) [Conference Extract]

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2021Prehn J, ''We've always done it. Country is our counselling office': Masculinity, Nature-Based Therapy, and the Strengths of Aboriginal Men', Conference Proceedings of National Symposium Outdoor Health, 3 - 4 November, Online (In Press) [Plenary Presentation]

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2020Prehn J, Guerzoni MA, Peacock H, ''Learning her culture and growing up strong': Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander fathers, children and the sharing of culture', 2020 Virtual ANZSWWER Symposium & NFEN workshop: 'Social Work in a Climate of Change', 18-20 November, Online (2020) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Guerzoni MA; Peacock H

2020Prehn J, Krakouer J, Fernando T, 'The intersectionality of Indigeneity and gender in Australian social work', 2020 Virtual ANZSWWER Symposium & NFEN workshop: 'Social Work in a Climate of Change', 18-20 November, Online (2020) [Conference Extract]

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2020Walter M, Prehn J, Baltra-Gonzalez J, Asquith N, 'Island of Ideas: public lecture series, #BlackLivesMatter', 2020 Social Sciences Week Forum, 7-13 September 2020, Online (2020) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Walter M; Baltra-Gonzalez J; Asquith N

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2019Prehn J, 'UTAS HDR Aboriginal Presentation', 3rd NATSIHEC Caucus Meeting, 15-16 November 2018, Sandy Bay, Tasmania (2019) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2019Prehn J, 'Aboriginal fathering discourses: what does the data tell us about educational involvement with their children?', AIATSIS National Indigenous Research Conference, 1-3 July, Brisbane (2019) [Conference Extract]

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2019Prehn J, 'Aboriginal fathering discourses: What does the data tell us about educational involvement with their children?', AIATSIS National Indigenous Research Conference, 1-3 July 2019, Brisbane, Australia (2019) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2019Prehn J, ''We've always done it, country is our counselling office': Aboriginal men's health and bush adventure therapy', Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Conference, Challenging Inequality through Social Work Research, 7-9 November, Adelaide Convention Centre (2019) [Conference Extract]

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2019Prehn J, 'The effects of Bush Adventure Therapy for Aboriginal men in Southern Tasmania', Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference 2019, 17-20 June, Darwin Convention Centre (2019) [Conference Extract]

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2019Prehn J, Guerzoni M, Peacock H, ' It opens up experiences that I would most probably never encounter': digital placed-based learning', Teaching Matters, 26 November, Hobart, pp. 45-46. (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Guerzoni M; Peacock H

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2019Prehn J, Maher B, Guerzoni MA, ''If it was a different person each year, I probably wouldn't do it': Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research administration officers and operationalising Indigenous data sovereignty', Indigenous Health Symposium: Data Sovereignty Translation and Health Tools Assessment, 29 October 2019, Canberra, Australia (2019) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Guerzoni MA

2018Prehn J, 'Improving the social and emotional well-being of Aboriginal men with bush adventure therapy', Poster abstracts: indigenous health conference: walking together, 24-26 May 2018, Toronto, ON, pp. 75-76. (2018) [Conference Extract]

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2018Prehn J, 'Improving the Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Aboriginal men with Bush Adventure Therapy', Proceedings from the World Indigenous Research and Education Conference, 22-24 August 2018, Norway (2018) [Conference Extract]

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2018Prehn J, 'The effects of Bush Adventure Therapy on the well-being of Aboriginal men in Southern Tasmania', Festival of Health Research for Indigenous PhDs and Post-Docs: The Future of Indigenous Health Leadership, 21-22 November 2018, Melbourne, Australia (2018) [Conference Extract]

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2018Prehn J, 'The effects of Bush Adventure Therapy on the well being of Aboriginal men in Southern Tasmania', Healing Our Spirit Worldwide, 26-29 November 2018, Sydney, Australia (2018) [Conference Extract]

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2018Prehn J, 'The effects of Bush Adventure Therapy on the well-being of Aboriginal men in Southern Tasmania', Festival of Health Research for Indigenous PhDs and Post-Docs: The Future of Indigenous Health Leadership, 21-22 November 2018, Melbourne, Australia (2018) [Conference Extract]

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2017Peacock HT, Prehn J, 'Successful Indigenous student transition to secondary education', Presentations from the AIATSIS National Indigenous Research Conference 2017, 21-23 March 2017, Canberra, Australia, pp. 1. (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Peacock HT

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2017Peacock HT, Prehn J, 'Successful indigenous student transition to secondary education', Proceedings of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Meeting 2017, 22-24 June 2017, Vancouver, Canada, pp. 1. (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Peacock HT

2017Prehn J, 'Unique benefit of bush adventure therapy for Aboriginal men', 2017 National Forum Bush Adventure Therapy, 21-23 April 2017, Romsey, Australia, pp. 1-2. (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Prehn J, '''We've always done it. Country is our counselling office'': masculinity, nature-based therapy, and the strengths of Aboriginal men' (2021) [PhD]

DOI: 10.25959/100.00037807 [eCite] [Details]

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Other Public Output

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Prehn J, 'What are the strengths of Aboriginal Dads? Interview with Joel Rheinberger', ABC Radio Hobart, Australia (2021) [Media Interview]

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2020Prehn J, 'Aboriginal masculinities: A Tasmanian social worker's perspective', Social Work Focus, Australian Association of Social Workers, Melbourne, 4, 4, pp. 31-33. (2020) [Magazine Article]

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2020Prehn J, 'Social work and Aboriginal health worker', Indigenous health and wellbeing leadership, Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health Leadership, University of Melbourne, Australia (2020) [Media Interview]

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2019Prehn J, 'The effects Bush Adventure Therapy has had on the well-being of Aboriginal men in Southern Tasmania', National Talkback, BBM 98.7 FM, Australia, 28 June 2019 (2019) [Media Interview]

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2019Prehn J, Vanderfeen J, 'Indigenous fellowship recipients welcome the chance to study in London', UTAS News, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, 3 May 2019 (2019) [Internal Newsletter]

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Co-authors: Vanderfeen J

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2018Prehn J, 'Aboriginal the Indigenous Cultural and Educational Exchange', Your Afternoon with Helen Shield, ABC Radio, Australia, 23 July 2018 (2018) [Media Interview]

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2018Prehn J, 'Colony 47 Young Indigenous Achievement Award', Colony 47, Hobart, Tasmania (2018) [Award]

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Grants & Funding

Jacob is an Early Career Research aiming to attain grants now his PhD is complete. To date, he has received several smaller grants.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

2

Total funding

$40,000

Projects

Ya pulingina Social Work (2021)$25,000
Description
The ya pulingina social work learning and teaching project aims to graduate social work students highly proficient when collaborating with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, and Aboriginal people more broadly across Australia. Building upon the Indigenising curricula work the Social Work Discipline, in conjunction with the School of Social Sciences, and CALE have been undertaking, the project will begin by creating a series of place-based encounters on each campus embedded in the local Indigenous worldview of welcoming people. This will be led in partnerships with Tasmanian Aboriginal Elders and community members. During these place-based welcomes, social work students, staff, and community members will generate stories and artefacts that document their welcome experience. These in turn become elements of an interactive lutruwita (Tasmania) map, that is both a record of experience, and a learning and teaching tool that can be added to each year as students progress their studies.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($25,000)
Scheme
Grant-Indigenous Student Success Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Prehn J; Baltra-Ulloa AJ; Vreugdenhil AJ; Canty JB; Roberts JK; Williamson M; Warren K; Hay JK; Wilkinson BM
Year
2021
What are the strengths and barriers for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people enacting collaborative leadership in health and wellbeing sphere? (2020)$15,000
Description
The aim of this research project is to understand strengths and barriers experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people enacting collaborative leadership in the health and wellbeing sphere. To achieve this, a literature review of Indigenous leadership in Australia will be conducted. This will focus specifically on the health and wellbeing domain but also consider other spaces where collaborative and cooperative leadership may occur. Data collection will consist of 10 semi-structure interviews with Indigenous people in health leadership spaces. Themes will be generated regarding strengths and barriers to collaborative leadership in health and wellbeing.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($15,000)
Scheme
Grant-Indigenous Student Success Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Prehn J
Year
2020

Jacob is available to provide secondary supervision to HDR projects.