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Dr Vicki Banham

Associate Dean

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5530, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO4.219
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5530
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5833
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO4.219  


Vicki is an Associate Dean, Social Science within the School of Arts and Humanities.

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 associations


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


  • Doctor Of Philosophy, University of South Australia, 2001.
  • Master of Education, Murdoch University, 1994.
  • Bachelor of Education, The University of Western Australia, 1984.
  • Teaching Certificate Primary, New Zealand, 1978.
  • Diploma of Education, New Zealand, 1977.


Recent Research Grants

  • Growing Strong Brains: Communities nurturing Aboriginal children in the Midwest/Gascoyne regions of Western Australia ,  Ian Potter Foundation,  Grant,  2017 - 2020,  $103,251.
  • What criteria do Family consultants consider when deciding to conduct a Child Inclusive Conference in the FCWA?,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $6,088.
  • Supporting Children After Separation Programme,  Anglicare WA,  Grant,  2009 - 2010,  $28,640.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Banham, V., Allan, A., Bergman, J., Jau, J., (2017), Acknowledging Children’s Voice and Participation in Family Courts: Criteria that Guide Western Australian Court Consultants. Social Inclusion, 5(3), 155-163, Lisbon, Portugal, Cogitatio Press, DOI: 10.17645/si.v5i3.964.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Women In District Assemblies In Ghana: Gender Construction, Resistance And Empowerment.
  • 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

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Social Science,  Accommodation For Adults With Intellectual Disability: Exploring The Lived Experiences Of Ageing Parent Carers And The Reasons Behind Their Decision To Continue To Care In The Family Home
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Towards Active Ageing: A Comparative Study Of Experiences Of Older Ghanaians In Australia And Ghana
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