Cara has experience designing and facilitating capacity building, human resource development and applied research 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 a) her international development experience in Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Kiribati, PNG, Vanuatu and Samoa; b) facilitation of aid project partnerships with Solomon Islands, Ugandan, Mongolian, Chinese and Cambodian organisations; as well as c) 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 DFAT, AusAID, NZAID, WHO, UN Women Australia, the Australian Government Office for Women and numerous Australian State Government women's policy offices. Completed projects include:
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"
Vietnam Women's Union Certificate of Merit for the Development of Women in Vietnam in recognition of "Contributions to the Vietnamese Women's Movement and Vietnam Women's Unions Activities 2012-2017"
As the Director of the Gender Consortium, Centre for Development Studies, Cara's responsibilities include the management, coordination and delivery of gender courses and applied research projects under programs such as the Government Partnerships for Development Program and Australia Awards Fellowships and Short Course initiatives 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 Gender Consortium Associates.
Applied policy research on gender, disability, culture and development
Participatory action research on gender equitable leadership
Cultural respect and safety
Vietnamese Women's Association of SA 2003 to 2010 (various roles including Board Member, Secretary, Vice President)
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