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Gretchen Marie Ennis

Gretchen Marie Ennis
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January 2012 - December 2014
Charles Darwin University
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Publications (28)
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Boomtowns are places where populations grow rapidly, mostly as a result of large-scale natural resource developments. Increases in alcohol consumption and alcohol-fuelled violence are often linked to influxes of (predominantly male) workers associated with such developments. This article provides an integrated review of literature concerning alcoho...
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The Greater Darwin area has long experienced high housing costs and high rates of homelessness. Into this already stressed housing context have come large-scale, natural resource development projects, which are predicted to bring thousands of new workers to town, and exciting property investor interest. While many view these developments as positiv...
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In 2010, we proposed that integrating social network analysis into community development practice may be a useful way to make overt the links between micro- and macro-level issues in communities, and for researching the impacts of community development work [Ennis, G. and West, D. (2010) Exploring the potential of social network analysis in asset-b...
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This paper explores the application of a network approach within the context of a community development project in suburban Northern Australia which aimed to develop positive social connections across different cultural groups. A neighbourhood group facilitated by a social worker drew upon network approaches to community development and created an...
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Strengths-based practice appears to be a popular approach to social work practice. Increasingly, it has become the approach of choice in community work, with the “asset-based community development” model being utilised both in Australia and internationally. However, asset-based community development has been criticised for its lack of an evidence b...
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Customary and commercial use of wildlife supports millions of Indigenous people world-wide. However, in Australia, despite there being abundant natural resources and intricate Aboriginal ecological knowledge, there are relatively few financially viable Aboriginal wildlife-based enterprises. This research provides an example of how the Collective Im...
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The Kere is a recurrent famine occurring in the south of Madagascar that emerged substantively in the 1930s. Each major event claims thousands of lives and keeps many in a cycle of impoverishment, despite the existence of various aid-based responses. This assessment presents qualitative research exploring two Kere-affected communities’ experiences...
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Collective Impact (CI) is a framework for collaborative social change that has gained considerable attention over the past seven years. In this article we review the peer-reviewed academic research on the CI framework to understand what is known about its use. Nineteen articles were located. We identified four themes in the research: A need to adap...
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Purpose To enhance their innovation and reputation, many organizations introduce programs that are intended to attract, retain, and support diverse communities. Yet, these programs are often unsuccessful, partly because explicit references to diversity tend to evoke defensive reactions in employees from the dominant culture. To circumvent this pro...
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Background Cancer in all its forms and stages is accompanied by a range of emotional, social and spiritual impacts. Pharmacological interventions have limited success with these issues and a range of interventions are needed to support people with a cancer diagnosis. We seek to understand the benefits of participatory performance-based arts activit...
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When a student experienced a personally challenging situation during field placement, she and her field supervisor worked through the scenario together, using a process of critical reflection. Many ideas and assumptions were unsettled for both, and aspects of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Code of Ethics were questioned. Using...
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Active participation in organised youth arts activities is generally considered ‘good’ for young peoples’ social and emotional wellbeing. There is, however, less known about how youth arts participation helps to create wellbeing benefits. This paper details a retrospective narrative study that sought to understand not only what wellbeing benefits 1...
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Purpose In contrast to art-therapy, little is known about the role of art-making for people who have been diagnosed with cancer, and even less is known about program-based art-making. This study explored the experience of participation in a visual art-making program for people during and after cancer treatment in the Northern Territory of Australia...
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We seek to understand what is known about the use of visual art-making for people who have a cancer diagnosis, and to explore how art-making may help address fatigue in the cancer care context. Art-making involves creating art or craft alone or in a group and does not require an art-therapist as the emphasis is on creativity rather than an overt th...
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A rapidly expanding natural-resource extraction industry and a growing military presence mean an increasingly male-skewed population for the city of Darwin, Australia. This has sparked concerns about the potential for increased violence against women. In this article, we present qualitative research detailing the views of 13 participants from 10 wo...
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Recruiters often reject a candidate who belongs to another ethnic community. Arguably, initiatives that motivate people to develop capabilities, rather than prevent failures, might foster positive attitudes towards diverse communities. To asses this possibility, 198 participants read two job applications. The name of one applicant indicated this pe...
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This report provides an evaluation of a year-long program school attendance program based in Bagot Community, Darwin, Northern Territory. Using a developmental evaluation approach, the methods encompass qualitative interviews and focus groups as well as a network analysis of program workers connections to partner organizations. The evaluation resul...
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This report provides an overview and evaluation of the 'Heart' - Arts in Cancer Care Pilot Project. The project was facilitated by Fiona Carter and conducted with the support of the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre during 2014 and involved arts workshops within the Centre, and a group workshop run externally. A primarily qualitative method was used,...
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Introduction Participation in youth arts activities is generally considered 'good' for adolescents' social and emotional wellbeing. Yet much of the literature on this topic comes from a 'big-city' perspective that may not take into account the (at times conservative) social and cultural norms found in regional, rural or remote locations. In 2014 Ch...
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Participation in performance-based youth arts is generally thought to have positive impacts on young peoples healed and wellbeing. Increases in self-esteem, confidence, artistic skill, communication skills, positive social connections and feelings of belonging are just some of the outcomes reported in the literature. Yet, there is little understand...
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'Heart' is a ten-month pilot arts in cancer care diversionary program that began in February 2014 at the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre , Royal Darwin Hospital. Heart brings art and arts activities into the Centre, providing opportunities for people undergoing cancer treatment (eg. chemotherapy and radiotherapy) to engage with music, visual arts, c...
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The space between project goals and project outcomes is a rich location for reflection and learning. This article explores that space in relation to Adventure Territory, a youth theatre performance project that involved residencies at two secondary schools in the remote Northern Territory town of Katherine. The 12-month project was facilitated by A...
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The arts are a powerful medium for reflection about identity and can be used as a vehicle for creating understanding between groups of people grappling with issues of cultural difference in communities. Drawing upon recently completed PhD research, this article highlights the value of video making for exploring culture, difference, and colonization...
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The study aims to develop a screening protocol for the risk of future cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus in people with prediabetes and undiagnosed diabetes; and to establish a framework for early identification and intervention of prediabetes including strategies for holistic management and monitoring of progression. The first phase is t...
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Darwin is a city in the Northern Territory of Australia expecting a 'boomtown' scenario due to significant natural resource developments in the Greater Darwin area. The experience of 'booming' has a range of impacts upon communities. Housing is a key area of impact, particularly for the most vulnerable members of a population, who may not reap the...
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The present article explores the question of what Northern Territory (NT) social workers want from the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). In a dynamic social work landscape, this question is a critical one for our professional association. Using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, data were obtained from 49 social workers...
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The Northern Territory provides a diverse, vibrant and challenging human service practice environment. However the isolation of remote practice, entrenched social injustices, inadequate supervision and difficulty applying mainstream social work knowledge to an NT practice context are all factors which can negatively impact what should be a rewardin...

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Archived project
To explore the connections between participation in youth arts activities and wellbeing.
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Explore the social impacts of rapid growth and decline cycles in the natural resource extraction and defence industries on the city of Darwin.
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The ongoing project involves partnering with various non-government organisations and community groups to better understand the impacts and effects of a range of community development projects, mostly in the Northern Territory of Australia. Social network analysis, arts-based research, developmental evaluation, along with more traditional research methods are being used in this long-term project.