Karen has worked in government and private sectors in the health, human services and justice areas. In government her work included contributing to national health reforms as part of whole-of-government efforts to meet the challenges of a modern health system.
Karen’s work with ACIL Allen has focused on program evaluation and research related to equity of access, and improving health and wellbeing outcomes for children, individuals, families and communities.
Recent projects include:
- Evaluation of the Targeted Care Packages program supporting children and young people to access family or home-based care, conducted for the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria
- Research on Family Support Program family law services for the Australian Government Attorney-General's Department
Place-based capacity and resilience
- Evaluation of the Social Determinants of Health Program implemented in eight communities, undertaken for Primary Health Tasmania
- Informing the design of the evaluation framework for the:
- Koolin Balit Aboriginal Health Strategy, for the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria
- Communities for Children Facilitating Partners for the Australian Government Department of Social Services
System coordination, access and efficiency
- Review of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Team system and models for a multi-agency response, for the Queensland Family and Child Commission.
- Evaluation of replication pilot programs for Back Pain Assessment and Management in a community setting for the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria
- Evaluation of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health including assessing its contribution to women’s health policy and public health research practice, undertaken for the Australian Government Department of Health
Prior to joining ACIL Allen, Karen was a senior manager at the Victorian Department of Health where she represented the Department's involvement in the Australian Better Health Initiative and contributed to development of the National Reform Agenda and the National Health Reform Agreement. Karen was Program Manager and Acting Executive Officer for the National Public Health Partnership.
Karen has a Bachelor of Arts from Australian National University and a Master of Public Health from La Trobe University. Karen has completed a foundation course in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Competence.