Professor Debbie Horsfall

Professor Debbie Horsfall

Professor,
Sociology

Biography

Debbie is a passionate leader in the field of inclusive, democratic and creative qualitative research in health, human services and community development. Her transformative agenda privileges people’s voices during a myriad of challenging life events. This has led to her participation in numerous engaged research projects including work with: Cancer Council NSW; Multicultural Health; The Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care; Women’s Housing Services; the Prime Ministers Youth Action Task Force, The Groundswell Project; and the Benevolent Society. Debbie has been awarded the Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Training and Supervision, many of the candidates were trailblazers in arts based and creative research methodologies and re-presentations.  She is a post graduate examiner at national and international levels and has successfully supervised over 38 research candidates. Debbie pioneered the use of photo voice in research with carers at end of life and with people living with significant mental health issues. As a result of her extensive scholarly work in the area of creative, community development and practice based research she has served on several editorial boards, written, co-edited and contributed to over 50 publications including 4 scholarly research books, and is continually approached as a reviewer across disciplinary fields. Her funded research work in the end of life area has included researching socio-cultural influences on older CALD carer’s decisions in end of life care and working with informal carers and service providers to explore how caring at end of life develops death literacy, health promoting palliative care, creative partnerships and compassionate communities. Currently she is working on developing the world’s first death literacy index; developing a community development model for aged care services to work against social isolation for elderly residents and the development of compassionate communities in Australia.

This information has been contributed by Professor Horsfall.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury
  • MA Macquarie University
  • BEd University of Bradford

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Sociology

Contact

Email: D.Horsfall@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 47360 093
Mobile:
Location: P.G.17
Penrith (Kingswood)

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Publications

Books

  • Higgs, J., Titchen, A., Horsfall, D. and Bridges, D. (2011), 'Creative spaces for qualitative researching:Living research', : Sense 9789460917592.
  • Higgs, J., Horsfall, D. and Grace, S. (2009), 'Writing qualitative research on practice', : Sense 9789087909062.
  • Higgs, J., Angie, T., Horsfall, D. and Armstrong, H. (2007), 'Being Critical and Creative in Qualitative Research', : Hampden Press 9781875648191.

Chapters in Books

  • Cork, S. and Horsfall, D. (2019), 'Thinking the unthinkable : challenges of imagining and engaging with unimaginable practice futures', Challenging Future Practice Possibilities, Brill 9789004400788.
  • Horsfall, D. and Higgs, J. (2019), 'Re-claiming social purpose and adding values to the world around us', Challenging Future Practice Possibilities, Brill 9789004400788.
  • Horsfall, D., Leonard, R., Rosenberg, J. and Noonan, K. (2019), 'People and place : co-creating an ecology of care at end of life', Death Down Under: Twenty-first Century Dying, Death, Disposal and Memorialisation in the Antipodes, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 9781527540705.
  • Horsfall, D. and Higgs, J. (2017), 'Palliative care : living and dying at home', Community-Based Healthcare: The Search for Mindful Dialogues, Sense 9789463009942.
  • Linnell, S. and Horsfall, D. (2016), 'Disturbing professional practice discourse : re: writing practices', Professional Practice Discourse Marginalia, Sense Publishers 9789463005999.
  • Horsfall, D. and Adamson, L. (2016), 'Writing in marginalised voices', Professional Practice Discourse Marginalia, Sense Publishers 9789463005999.
  • Trede, F. and Horsfall, D. (2016), 'From discourse to visioning : eliciting future practice and marginalia', Professional Practice Discourse Marginalia, Sense Publishers 9789463005999.
  • Horsfall, D. and Higgs, J. (2014), 'People caring : negotiating the space between an ethic of caring and keeping your distance', Health Practice Relationships, Sense 9789462097865.
  • Horsfall, D. and Titchen, A. (2011), 'Telling people's stories : creating authentic approaches', Creative Spaces for Qualitative Researching: Living Research, Sense 9789460917592.
  • Horsfall, D. and Higgs, J. (2011), 'Creative research re-presentations', Creative Spaces for Qualitative Researching: Living Research, Sense 9789460917592.
  • Horsfall, D. and Higgs, J. (2011), 'Boundary riding and shaping research spaces', Creative Spaces for Qualitative Researching: Living Research, Sense 9789460917592.
  • Horsfall, D., Bridgman, K., Camden-Pratt, C., Kaufman Hall, V. and Pinn, J. (2011), 'Playing creative edges : reflections from "Women Out to Lunch" 5 years on', Creative Spaces for Qualitative Researching: Living Research, Sense 9789460917592.
  • Bridges, D. and Horsfall, D. (2011), 'The gendered battlefield : creating feminist spaces in military places', Creative Spaces for Qualitative Researching: Living Research, Sense 9789460917592.
  • Titchen, A. and Horsfall, D. (2011), 'Creative research landscapes and gardens : reviewing options and opportunities', Creative Spaces for Qualitative Researching: Living Research, Sense 9789460917592.
  • Titchen, A. and Horsfall, D. (2011), 'Embodying creative imagination and expression in qualitative research', Creative Spaces for Qualitative Researching: Living Research, Sense 9789460917592.
  • Horsfall, D. and Higgs, J. (2010), 'Being critical and creative in qualitative research', Researching Practice: A Discourse on Qualitative Methodologies, Sense 9789460911811.
  • Horsfall, D. and Pinn, J. (2009), 'Writing Collaboratively', Writing qualitative research on practice, Sense 9769087909062.
  • Horsfall, D. (2009), 'Facing the challenges of writing: Finding courage and conviction', Writing qualitative research on practice, Sense 9769087909062.
  • Grace, S., Higgs, J. and Horsfall, D. (2009), 'Celebrating writing', Writing Qualitative research on practice, Sense 9769087909062.
  • Alder, S. and Horsfall, D. (2008), 'Beyond the restitution narrative: lived bodies and expert patients', Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions, Elsevier, Butterworth Heinemann 9780750688857.
  • Horsfall, D., Bridgeman, K., Camden-Pratt, C., Kaufman Hall, V. and Pinn, J. (2007), 'Playing creative edges : performing research - women out to lunch', Being Critical and Creative in Qualitative Research, Hampden Press 9781875648191.
  • Horsfall, D. and Higgs, J. (2007), 'Boundary riding', Being Critical and Creative in Qualitative Research, Hampden Press 9781875648191.
  • Armstrong, H. and Horsfall, D. (2007), 'Ethics in critical, creative research', Being Critical and Creative in Qualitative Research, Hampden Press 9781875648191.
  • Horsfall, D. and Titchen, A. (2007), 'Telling participants stories', Being Critical and Creative in Qualitative Research, Hampden Press 9781875648191.
  • Horsfall, D. and Higgs, J. (2007), 'Table talk : creative research re-presentations', Being Critical and Creative in Qualitative Research, Hampden Press 9781875648191.
  • Armitage, L. and Horsfall, D. (2007), 'A place called organised : critical action research as house/homework', Being Critical and Creative in Qualitative Research, Hampden Press 8781875648191.
  • Titchen, A. and Horsfall, D. (2007), 'Re-imaging research using creative imagination and expression', Being Critical and Creative in Qualitative Research, Hampden Press 9781875648191.
  • Higgs, J. and Horsfall, D. (2007), 'Of nouns and verbs', Being Critical and Creative in Qualitative Research, Hampden Press 9781875648191.
  • Horsfall, D. and Welsby, J. (2007), 'If someone actually asked us, you'd find we have a lot to say : arts based inquiry with women who have an intellectual disability', Being Critical and Creative in Qualitative Research, Hampden Press 9781875648191.
  • Titchen, A., Higgs, J. and Horsfall, D. (2007), 'Research artistry : dancing the praxis spiral in critical-creative qualitative research', Being Critical and Creative in Qualitative Research, Hampden Press 9781875648191.
  • Horsfall, D., Byrne-Armstrong, H. and Higgs, J. (2002), 'Researching Critical Moments', Critical Moments in Qualitative Research, Butterworth & Heinemann 0750651598.
  • Horsfall, D., Byrne Armstrong, H. and Rothwell, R. (2001), 'Embodying Knowledges:Challenging the Theory/Practice Divide', Professional Practice in Health, Education and the Creative Arts, Blackwell Science 0632059338.

Journal Articles

  • Leonard, R., Horsfall, D., Rosenberg, J. and Noonan, K. (2020), 'Carer experience of end-of-life service provision : a social network analysis', BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, vol 10, no 2 .
  • Rosenberg, J., Horsfall, D., Sallnow, L. and Gott, M. (2020), 'Power, privilege and provocation : public health palliative care today', Progress in Palliative Care, vol 28, no 2 , pp 75 - 77.
  • Rosenberg, J., Horsfall, D., Leonard, R. and Noonan, K. (2018), 'Informal care networks' views of palliative care services : help or hindrance?', Death Studies, vol 42, no 6 , pp 362 - 370.
  • Paton, J., Horsfall, D. and Carrington, A. (2018), 'Sensitive inquiry in mental health : a tripartite approach', International Journal of Qualitative Methods, vol 17 , pp 1 - 11.
  • Horsfall, D. (2018), 'Developing compassionate communities in Australia through collective caregiving : a qualitative study exploring network-centred care and the role of the end of life sector', Annals of Palliative Medicine, vol 7, no Suppl. 2 , pp 42 - 51.
  • Hilbers, J., Rankin-Smith, H., Horsfall, D. and Aoun, S. (2018), '"We are all in this together": building capacity for a community-centred approach to caring, dying and grieving in Australia', European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare, vol 6, no 4 , pp 685 - 692.
  • Jefferies, D., Horsfall, D. and Schmied, V. (2017), 'Blurring reality with fiction : exploring the stories of women, madness, and infanticide', Women and Birth, vol 30, no 1 , pp 24 - 31.
  • Horsfall, D., Leonard, R., Rosenberg, J. and Noonan, K. (2017), 'Home as a place of caring and wellbeing? : a qualitative study of informal carers and caring networks lived experiences of providing in-home end-of-life care', Health and Place, vol 46 , pp 58 - 64.
  • Leonard, R., Horsfall, D., Noonan, K. and Rosenberg, J. (2017), 'Identity and the end-of-life story : a role for psychologists', Australian Psychologist, vol 52, no 5 , pp 346 - 353.
  • Horsfall, D., Paton, J. and Carrington, A. (2017), 'Experiencing recovery : findings from a qualitative study into mental illness, self and place', Journal of Mental Health, vol 27, no 4 , pp 307 - 313.
  • Noonan, K., Horsfall, D., Leonard, R. and Rosenberg, J. (2016), 'Developing death literacy', Progress in Palliative Care, vol 24, no 1 , pp 31 - 35.
  • Horsfall, D., Blignault, I., Perry, A. and Antonopoulos, P. (2016), 'Love stories : understanding the caring journeys of aged Greek-Australian carers', Health and Social Care in the Community, vol 24, no 2 , pp 194 - 202.
  • Leonard, R., Horsfall, D. and Noonan, K. (2015), 'Identifying changes in the support networks of end-of-life carers using social network analysis', BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, .
  • Rosenberg, J., Horsfall, D., Leonard, R. and Noonan, K. (2015), 'Informal caring networks for people at end of life : building social capital in Australian communities', Health Sociology Review, vol 24, no 1 , pp 29 - 37.
  • Jefferies, D. and Horsfall, D. (2014), 'Forged by fire : Margery Kempe's account of postnatal psychosis', Literature and Medicine, vol 32, no 2 , pp 348 - 364.
  • Horsfall, D., Linnell, S., Latham, R. and Rumbold, J. (2014), 'Palliative care for the planet', Journal of Applied Arts and Health, vol 5, no 2 , pp 281 - 292.
  • Jefferies, D. and Horsfall, D. (2013), 'Developing person-centred care through the use of autobiography', International Practice Development Journal, vol 3, no 1 , pp 1 - 17.
  • Ollerton, J. and Horsfall, D. (2013), 'Rights to research : utilising the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as an inclusive participatory action research tool', Disability and Society, , pp 616 - 630.
  • Horsfall, D. (2013), 'Through the looking glass : provoking progression in practice development?', International Practice Development Journal, vol 3, no suppl. 1 , pp 1 - 6.
  • Horsfall, D., Leonard, R., Noonan, K. and Rosenberg, J. (2013), 'Working together-apart: exploring the relationships between formal and informal care networks for people dying at home', Progress in Palliative Care, vol 21, no 6 , pp 331 - 336.
  • Abel, J., Walter, T., Carey, L., Rosenberg, J., Noonan, K., Horsfall, D., Leonard, R., Rumbold, B. and Morris, D. (2013), 'Circles of care : should community development redefine the practice of palliative care?', BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, vol 3, no 4 , pp 383 - 388.
  • Horsfall, D., Noonan, K. and Leonard, R. (2012), 'Bringing our dying home : how caring for someone at end of life builds social capital and develops compassionate communities', Health Sociology Review, vol 21, no 4 , pp 373 - 382.
  • Welsby, J. and Horsfall, D. (2011), 'Everyday practices of exclusion/inclusion : women who have an intellectual disability speaking for themselves?', Disability & Society, vol 26, no 7 , pp 795 - 807.
  • Noonan, K., Leonard, R. and Horsfall, D. (2011), 'You can't do that! Researching alternate stories of community participation at end of life', Third Sector Review, vol 17, no 1 , pp 75 - 89.
  • Leonard, R., Horsfall, D. and Noonan, K. (2010), 'Models of caring from India and Australia and their relationship to social capital', Nepalese Journal of Public Policy and Governance, vol XXVI, no 3 .
  • Horsfall, D. and Titchen, A. (2009), 'Disrupting edges - opening spaces : pursuing democracy and human flourishing through creative methodologies', International Journal of Social Research Methodology, vol 12, no 2 , pp 147 - 160.
  • Bridges, D. and Horsfall, D. (2009), 'Increasing Operational Effectiveness in UN Peacekeeping:Toward a Gender-Balanced Force', Armed Forces & Society, vol 36, no 1 , pp 120 - 130.
  • Horsfall, D. (2008), 'Performing Communit(y)ies', Forum: Qualitative Social Research, vol 9, no 2 .
  • Horsfall, D. (2008), 'Bearing Witness: toward a pedagogical practice of love', Reflective Practice, vol 9, no 1 , pp 1 - 10.
  • Horsfall, D., Bridges, D., Camden-Pratt, C. and Sammon, L. (2004), 'A Performance of Difference', Refective Practice, vol 5, no 1 , pp 91 - 110.

Conference Papers

  • Horsfall, D. and Paton, J. (2017), 'Ethical research design in mental health recovery', Australian Sociological Association. Conference, Perth, W.A..
  • Mckenzie, A., Higgs, J. and Horsfall, D. (2006), 'Critically reviewing one's own primary value beliefs - a case history', Voice, Identity and Reflexivity: Proceedings of the second RIPPLE Qualitative research as intepretive practice conference 2005, CSU - Albury.
  • Welsby, J. and Horsfall, D. (2006), 'I didn't think I could do art but it's not hard!: Arts based inquiry with women who have an intellectual disability', ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference 2006, Sydney Australia.
  • Horsfall, D., Mckenzie, A. and Higgs, J. (2005), 'Guidelines for Assessing Progress of Learning in Complex Domains', IADIS International Conference Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA 2005), Portugal.

Exhibitions

  • 2015, 'Palliative Care for the Planet?'

Other Publications

  • 2020, 'Death Literacy Index: A Report on its Development and Implementation', Report
  • 2020, 'The 10K Initiative: Towards Meaningful Relationships and Network Centred Aged Care', Report
  • 2018, 'Recovering Creativity: Understanding the Role of Art in Mental Health Recovery, Through the Voices and Images of People with Lived Experience of a Major Mental Health Problem', Report
  • 2018, 'Recovering Creativity: The Art of Mental Health Recovery [Exhibition Catalogue]', Published Work
  • 2018, 'Beyond Taboos?: Australians' Capacity to Care for Each Other Through Death, Dying and Loss', Report
  • 2017, 'Picturing Recovery: Stories about Living Well with Mental Illness: Exhibition Catalogue', Published Work
  • 2016, 'Stories of Recovery from the Bush: Images and Narratives Unravelling Mental Illness, Self and Place: Exhibition Catalogue', Published Work
  • 2016, 'Stories of Recovery from the Bush: Unravelling the Experience of Mental Illness, Self and Place', Report
  • 2015, 'End of Life at Home: Co-Creating an Ecology of Care', Report
  • 2013, 'Love Stories: The Greek Caring Journeys Project', Report
  • 2010, 'Care Networks Project: Growing and Maintaining Social Networks for Older People', Report
  • Caring at end of life
  • Inclusive and creative research methodologies
  • Trauma informed research in mental health
  • De-institutionalisation
  • Compassionate communities
  • Appreciative and arts-based inquiry
  • Feminisms

This information has been contributed by Professor Horsfall.

Current Projects

Title: Brisbane South Death Literacy Baseline Survey and Needs Analysis
Funder:
  • The GroundSwell Project
Western Researchers: Rosemary Leonard and Debbie Horsfall
Years: 2020-03-13 - 2020-10-30
ID: P00026506

Previous Projects

Title: Recovering Creativity: understanding the role of art in mental health recovery, through the voices and images of people with lived experience of a major mental illness
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • RichmondPRA Limited
Western Researchers: Sheridan Linnell and Debbie Horsfall
Years: 2014-08-08 - 2016-02-29
ID: P00022223
Title: Researching Compassionate Communities Practice
Funder:
  • The GroundSwell Project
Western Researchers: Debbie Horsfall and Rosemary Leonard
Years: 2018-05-21 - 2020-04-30
ID: P00025067
Title: Journeys to Safety: the survival stories of women who have experienced domestic violence in the past
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Bonnie Support Services Ltd
Western Researchers: Rosemary Leonard and Debbie Horsfall
Years: 2016-03-01 - 2017-08-30
ID: P00022926
Title: The 10K Project: A Community Wellbeing approach to ageing well_GroundSwell
Funder:
  • The GroundSwell Project
Western Researchers: Debbie Horsfall and Rosemary Leonard
Years: 2017-04-01 - 2020-04-30
ID: P00024358
Title: Bringing our dying home: Creating community at end of life
Funder:
  • Cancer-Care Home Hospice Incorporated
  • The Cancer Council NSW
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Debbie Horsfall and Rosemary Leonard
Years: 2009-01-13 - 2010-12-30
ID: P00016459
Title: Bringing our dying home: Creating community at end of life - Widening the Sample
Funder:
  • The Cancer Council NSW
Western Researchers: Debbie Horsfall and Rosemary Leonard
Years: 2010-10-20 - 2011-03-31
ID: P00019377
Title: Active engagement of older people in the community: Mapping and developing the caring networks of older people receiving DADHC and Home Hospice services
Funder:
  • Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care
Western Researchers: Debbie Horsfall and Rosemary Leonard
Years: 2009-07-01 - 2010-06-30
ID: P00017000
Title: Benevolent Society_Stories of Recovery from the bush
Funder:
  • The Benevolent Society
Western Researchers: Joy Paton and Debbie Horsfall
Years: 2017-01-17 - 2017-08-07
ID: P00024428
Title: Benevolent Society Research project
Funder:
  • The Benevolent Society
Western Researchers: Debbie Horsfall
Years: 2015-06-15 - 2016-08-01
ID: P00024429
Title: The GroundSwell Project _ Measuring death literacy in Australia
Funder:
  • The GroundSwell Project
Western Researchers: Rosemary Leonard and Debbie Horsfall
Years: 2017-03-06 - 2020-03-06
ID: P00024336
Title: Caring at end of life: Understanding the nature and effect of informal community care networks for people dying at home
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
  • The Cancer Council NSW
Western Researchers: Debbie Horsfall
Years: 2012-03-30 - 2015-12-31
ID: P00019984
Title: Caring journeys: A short-term longitudinal study of decision making around aged care options by older carers from the Greek community
Funder:
  • St George Migrant Resource Centre Inc
  • University of New South Wales
  • Health Reform Transitional Organisation Southern
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Debbie Horsfall
Years: 2011-10-07 - 2013-04-30
ID: P00020303

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