Meredith Kiraly is a psychologist with over thirty years field experience in child and family welfare. Her PhD was gained by 'Thesis with Publication' entitled Family Links: Kinship Care and Family Contact. She has worked in community service organisations in casework and program management, and has specialised in out of home care.
Her numerous research projects have taken place in a range of human service areas with a major focus on vulnerable children and out of home care, especially the growing area of kinship care. She has lectured at university and TAFE, and conducted field training in staff selection across Australia. She has made many conference presentations in Australia and overseas on topics in child welfare, particularly in kinship care. She has published extensively on the topic of kinship care.
Meredith worked in the Department of Human Services (DHS) from 2002 to 2012 in a range of policy, research and programmatic roles. She was seconded from DHS (Children, Youth and Families Division) from 2006 to 2011 to work as a Visiting Research Fellow with the Child, Youth and Family Research Cluster in the Department of Social Work (School of Health Sciences). She subsequently became a part-time staff member of the University of Melbourne Department of Social Work. She is now an Honorary Research Fellow and works as an independent consultant to community service organisations. As of 2020, recently completed research projects were Young and 'care-full': The support needs of young kinship carers, and It Takes A Village: The support needs of non-familial kinship carers. She is also engaged in advocacy for recognition of the unmet support needs of children in kinship care and their carers.
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Young And 'Care-Full': The Support Needs Of Young Kinship Carers And Children In Their Car..
Support for Children in Kinship Care from the Commonwealth, States and Territories of Aust..
Nonfamilial kinship carers-Who are they and what support do they need to nurture children?
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Editorial: Beyond Poverty and Disadvantage–Achieving Wellbeing for all Australian Children in Kinship Care
Journal article | 2019 | Developing Practice: the child youth and family work journal
This is the second of two Special Issues on kinship care. Here I explore ways forward to address kin children’s wellbeing from a h..
Editorial: Australian Children in Kinship Care–Hidden in Plain Sight?
Journal article | 2018 | Developing Practice: the child youth and family work journal
This is the Editorial to the first of two Special Issues of Developing Practice devoted to kinship care. It describes the 2018 ACW..
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Australian Psychological Society
Victorian Psychological Council
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
Master of Behavioural Science
La Trobe University
Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
University of Melbourne