Director, Gender Consortium
Centre for Development Studies
Cara has experience designing and facilitating capacity building projects on gender equity, disability inclusion, community development and culturally respectful service delivery. Cara's teaching, training and research on gender and social issues is informed by her international development experience in Vietnam, Indonesia, Kiribati, PNG, Vanuatu and Samoa and aid project partnerships with Solomon Islands, Ugandan, Mongolian and Cambodian organisations as well as her public sector experience working in senior policy and planning roles with the South Australian Department of Human Services, South Australian Health Commission and National Public Health Information Development Unit. Cara's clients have included AusAID, NZAID, UN Women Australia, Australian Government Office for Women and numerous Australian State Government women's policy offices.
Master in International and Community Development (Deakin)
Doctor of Education candidate (Flinders) (2012 to current)
Flinders University, Social Sciences Faculty Award (2009) for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching
DEEWR Endeavour Executive Award (2009)
Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation (2011) for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
SA Women's Honour Roll for Gender, Disability and Cultural Inclusion
Vietnam Women's Union Merit Medal for the Development of Women in Vietnam for Significant Contribution to the Equality and Development of Vietnamese Women
As the Director of the Gender Consortium, Centre for Development Studies, Cara's responsibilities include the management, coordination and delivery of gender training and fellowship courses under programs such as the Indonesia-Australia Specialised Training Program (IASTP), Australia Award Fellowships Program. She is also responsible for the development and delivery of teaching materials for the Graduate Certificate in Gender Mainstreaming Policy and Analysis course. Cara works in partnership with the Associate Director, Gender Consortium, Dr Anuardha Mundkur and Gender Consortium Associates.
Applied policy research on gender, disability, culture and development
Indigenous and women's political representation
Vietnamese Women's Association of SA 2003 to 2010 (various roles including Board Member, Secretary, Vice President)