Dr Deborah Setterlund OAM
Deborah held an academic position in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Queensland for 25 years and is now an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School, involved in guest lecturing in the area of community development, and supervising PhD students. Deborah has researched in the areas of client outcomes in social work, financial elder abuse, and older women’s participation in community life. She has published widely in academic journals and is passionate about applied social research, and women’s education, health and capacity building.
Deborah has combined academic work with her keen interest in community development in her volunteer position as Research and Evaluation Officer with the Nepal Australia Friendship Association (NAFA). She and husband Rod have travelled to Nepal each year for the past 16 years, at their own expense, to assist with NAFA’s grass roots community development projects. Deborah assists with conceptualising projects, assessing community strengths, facilitating training workshops, program evaluation and social work student education.
In 2013 Deborah and Rod received Medal of the Order of Australia Awards for their services to the Nepalese community. Deborah also received the Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Equity and Diversity Award from the University of Queensland (2009) and a Special Services Award (2013) from the Nepalese Association of Queensland.
SESSION TITLE: Towards a better future: Community led recovery in Ri area villages following the Gorkha earthquake, Nepal