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Dr Emma Galvin is an Early Career Research Fellow in the Health and Social Care Unit of the school of public health and preventative medicine, Monash University. She completed her PhD in 2022 at Monash University, Australia, where she generated new knowledge about trauma-informed care approaches to care and transferred this knowledge into sustainable practices to support staff working with young people in a large community service, residential out-of-home care (OoHC) organisation.

She is passionate about her research in trauma-informed approaches, social care, qualitative research and implementation science. Dr Galvin works with community service organisations and state governments that engage with vulnerable children, young people and families, to support improvements in organisation culture-change, and enhance the cultural, physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of young people in care.

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Dr Galvin’s PhD was funded by MacKillop Family Services to generate the evidence base for the Sanctuary Model and support the implementation and evaluation of this whole of organisational approach to create a safe, non-violent environment that fosters relationships. This work has led to Dr Galvin co-leading the implementation evaluation of the state-wide scale up of the Sanctuary Model in the out-of-home care sector in South Australia, funded by an industry partner, the South Australian Department for Child Protection (DCP).

Dr Galvin is the Project Manager and leading the large-scale implementation and scale up of HEALing Matters across Victoria and South Australia, in partnership with the Victorian Department of Health, the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH), the  Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (CFECFW), Department for Child Protection South Australia (DCP), and community service organisations. Healing Matters is a Victorian Government funded online training package and knowledge exchange platform for OOHC residential workers and carers that is sensitive to the trauma and maltreatment that young people in OoHC have experienced. It is the first program designed to strengthen the therapeutic and healthy lifestyle capacities of residential care staff and uses a trauma-informed philosophy to guide carers’ understanding of the link between healthy lifestyle behaviours of young people and improved physical, cognitive, social (interpersonal) and emotional outcomes.

Dr Galvin also mentors and works closely with the PhD students in the Health and Social Care unit as the PhD Coordinator.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • Implementation Science
  • out-of-home care
  • Trauma informed care

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