Karen is the Chief Executive Officer of drummond street services, Stepfamilies Australia, Queerspace and the Centre for Research and Evaluation and has over 27 years’ experience in developing and delivering a range of evidenced informed policy, programs and services to communities, families and individuals. Her work has involved policy, research and social service development and provision roles across a range of sectors including health (primary and mental health) and welfare, education and employment, and justice.
Karen’s knowledge and expertise spans the public health spectrum and includes promotion, prevention and early intervention, tertiary end treatment programs, recovery and continuing care services across a range of health risks including child abuse, family violence, anti-social behaviour, mental health and primary health. She has worked for government in senior policy roles, centres of excellence and statutory organisations such as Beyondblue and Centre for Adolescent Health and recently established in partnership with Deakin University – Health Psychology and Professor JohnToumbourou, the Centre for Family Research and Evaluation (CFRE). CFRE has a unique role in working collaboratively with government policy makers, social services and researchers towards collective effort to achieve better evidence informed-based sector and service responses for preventing and reducing “wicked health risks and social problems” impacting on Australian families.
Karen also sits on the Board Management of the Family & Relationship Services Australia peak-body, has served on successive federal government Ministerial Child and Family Round Tables, and is a member of the State Government of Victoria Industry Taskforce for Family Violence Reform, and the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Knowledge Translation Group.