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Dr. Susan Feldman also has a particular interest in the area of psychosocial health and wellbeing of community dwelling older people, particularly women. She has a background in research, consultation, program delivery and management and has worked within academic, government, community and corporate environments, with extensive experience in community consultation and group facilitation, planning, evaluation and policy development.
Most recently she has engaged in international and multinational research, eg developing indicators for social and economic inclusion of specific community members, healthy ageing, physical engagement of CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) communities for local government and the future health and support needs of female veterans who serve in the Australian Defence Force for the Commonwealth government.
Outcomes from her research activities includes academic papers and books, input into policy development and service delivery within local, state, commonwealth government and corporate environments.
Dr. Feldman has taught and conducted training for overseas students including those from Japan, US, Vietnam as well as conducting programs and educational seminars for students from the Asia Pacific rim who are involved in planning and delivering community and health services in their region. She has been invited to present her research at numerous overseas conferences including the International Anthropological and Ethnography Conference, Kunming China July 2008, International Sociological Conference Durban South Africa 2006 and Barcelona Spain 2008, UN Status of Women Conference New York 2005 and United Nations Women’s Conference, NGO Forum, Beijing, China 1995.
Dr. Feldman has published her extensive research in peer review journals, contributed chapters to academic books and edited collections. She has written and produced community education theatre in the field of health and social issues. Her books include: The Art of Ageing Well and the Art of Caring for Older Adults, Baywood Press 2007, A Certain Age: Women Growing Older, 1999 Allen & Unwin, Something that Happens to Other People 1996 Random House, and Family Violence: Everybody’s Business, Somebody’s Life. 1991,Federation Press.
Dr. Feldman holds an undergraduate degree in Film Theory, Latrobe University, an MA in Psychosocial Politics, University of Melbourne and awarded a PhD from Sydney University. She is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, Centre for the Study of Health and Society.