Dr Dyann Ross

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Dr Dyann Ross


Teaching areas

  • Ethics and Professional Practice
  • Critical Social Work and Health
  • Complexity: Policy and Practice
  • Health, Culture and Society

Research areas

  • corporate social responsibility
  • social sustainability/social justice
  • ethic of love and applied ethics in the human services
  • mental health systems, workplace culture and staff development


Dr Dyann Ross’ knowledge and experience as a social worker spans 38 years of professional and academic practice. This has taken the form of:

  • tertiary teaching, research and writing
  • professional supervision of human service and social workers
  • social work practice in community and mental health
  • allied health and multi-disciplinary mental health workforce staff training, course design and development for government and non-government agencies
  • program design for community-based services
  • private counselling
  • facilitation of community meetings and forums
  • trouble shooting in mining industry/community relations, project management for community projects
  • research linked support for agencies in periods of change/crisis

Dr Ross has undertaken:

  • ethnographic, investigative and exploratory research
  • nationally politically sensitive critical participatory action research
  • program evaluations
  • feasibility studies
  • strategic planning and vision searches
  • organisational analyses
  • needs analysis of communities undergoing change
  • industry training design packages
  • partnership model development
  • community consultation model development
  • market research

Dyann has published a research based book with a colleague from Edith Cowan University, and chapters in two edited books upon invitations from the editors. She has also contributed to an international encyclopaedia and a dictionary on corporate social responsibility. Dyann is currently the Guest Editor for a special issue of Social Alternatives on the topic of mental illness as a political issue employing insider accounts to unsettle dominant notions of madness. Dr Ross provides article reviews to the journal, Australian Social Work, and is on the Editorial board of the Indo–Pacific Journal of Phenomenology. Her most recent professional practice has consisted of being a clinical educator for staff in the Mental Health Service on the Sunshine Coast.

Professional memberships

  • Australian Association of Social Work


  • Mental Heatlh Service Executive Award for leadership and professional integrity, 2012
  • Postgraduate Supervisor's Award, 2007

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Mental health
  • Women's issues and rights
  • Client empowerment
  • Social work/human service work professional practice
  • Conflict between mining companies and communities
  • Reflective and participatory research designs

Research grants


Project name Investigators Funding Year Focus
A Study to Determine the Research Priorities of the Mental Health Service (SCHHS) Ross, D, McAllister, M and colleagues from the MHS (SCHHS) $20,000 2009–
A Delphi process of gaining consensus of ideas from groups of mental health consumers, carers and workers. The aim was to provide a considered priority listing of needed areas of research.
Sustaining Tenancies Opportunities Project Ross, D $35,000 2008
Program evaluation of a service provided by Runcorn Community Association to enable housing for people at risk of homelessness.
Flexible Respite Program Ross, D $25,000 2008
– 2009
Program management & evaluation of a service development project for people with mental health issues.
Kidsown Research Ross, D $7,500 2008 Program supervisor and research lead for: Children Affected by Domestic Violence Assessment Tool. Telstra Research Grant
Alcoa-Yarloop Research Ross, D and colleagues from Edith Cowan University $660,000 2002
To build a participatory approach to conflict issues between Alcoa. A multi-national mining company and the local community. Issues of pollution, intrusion in community life, inequitable land purchases and collapse of local communities were explored and strategies for resolving and/or compensating were developed.
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