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Dr Vicki Banham

Dr Vicki Banham

Associate Dean

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5530, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO4.106
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5530  
Facsimile: (61 8)  6304 5833  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO4.106  


Vicki is a Senior Lecturer in Social Science within the School of Psychology and Social Science.

Current Teaching

  • CSV3109/4109 Vulnerable People and Communities
  • CSV1102/4102 Introduction to Social Analysis
  • CHN1101/4101 Ecology of Children and Families 1


  • 2002-present: Director, Ngala Board of Management
  • 2002-2012:  Chair, Accreditation Decisions Review Committee (Commonwealth) Ministerial Appointment.
  • 1999-2011: Coordinator, International Programs
  • 1998: Head of School, School of Community Studies, ECU.
  • 1995-1998: Board Member, Joondalup Community Foundation (Inc) and Trust.
  • 1996-1997: Western Australian Work and Child Care Advisory Service - Member
  • 1992-1994: Chair of Department of Human Services, ECU.
  • 1986-1988: Children’s Advisory Council, [Inaugural Member] Western Australia (Ministerial appointment)
  • 1985-1988: Child Care Planning Committee, Western Australia (Ministerial appointment)

Professional Memberships


Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2011: Executive Dean’s Award
  • 2010: Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

National and International Research Positions

  • 2002: Visiting Scholar to Centre for Children and Family Studies, Advent Links-SAUC, Singapore

Research Areas and Interests

  • Vulnerable people and communities and rights
  • Minimising harm - Child abuse and neglect
  • Process of learning


  • Master, Murdoch University.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of South Australia, 2001.
  • Bachelor of Education, The University of Western Australia, 1984.
  • Teaching Certificate Primary, New Zealand, 1978.
  • Teaching Diploma, Other NSW higher ed institution, 1977.


Recent Research Grants

  • Supporting Children After Separation Programme,  Anglicare WA,  Grant,  2009 - 2010,  $28,640.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Bennett, E., Hauck, Y., Bindahneem, S., Banham, V., Owens, M., Priddis, LE., Wells, G., Sinclair, W., Shields, L., (2012), The development of an interdisciplinary research agenda at Ngala: An innovative case study. Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 15(1), 20-25.
  • Banham, V., Guilfoyle, A., Napolitano-Lincoln, R., Cavazzi, T., (2011), Parental separation and the right of the child to have their views listened to and considered: Reality or wishful thinking?. International Journal of Learning, 17(11), 495-508, USA.
  • Guilfoyle, A., Banham, V., Cavazzi, T., Napolitano-Lincoln, R., (2011), An Ecological Approach to Supporting Children after Parental Separation: Resilience, Social Capital and Sense of Community in the School Classroom. The International Journal of Learning, 18(1), 315-335, Melbourne.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Social Science,  Social Work Is What Social Workers Do: A Study Of Hospital Social Workers' Understanding Of Their Work And Their Professional Identity.
  • Master of Social Science,  The Story Speaks For Itself: A Thematic Information Analysis Of An Intended Phenomenological Study Of The Lived Experiences Of Spouses And Parents Bereaved By The Death Of Special Forces Members Killed In Combat.
  • Master of Social Science,  An Examination Of The Mentoring Process: A Study Of The Interaction Between Mentor And Mentee In The Context Of An Adolescent Mentor Program
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Thinking Differently About Reflective Practice In Australian Social Work Education: A Rhapsody
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