Dr Meaghan Katrak


Meaghan has a long and diverse social work practice background. This includes working with individuals, families and communities, capacity building, program development and management. She has extensive experience and commitment to working alongside Indigenous communities. Meaghan has lectured across a range of social work subjects at both Latrobe University and the University of Newcastle, and is an accredited mental health social worker.

Research Interests

  • Indigenous Social Work
  • Rural Social Work
  • Community Development

Teaching Interests

  • Current Issues in Professional Practice – Fields of Practice
  • Introduction to Human Services
  • Social Work Theories
  • Community and Advocacy
  • Ageing and Aged Services

Expert Comment Topics

  • Indigenous social work
  • Rural social work

Research & Scholarships


  • Katrak, M. (2015) ‘Social Work and an Indigenous Community: Mission to Town’, Common Ground Publishing, Illinois.
  • Katrak, M., Howard, A., Blakemore, T & Pallas, P. (2015) ‘Rural and Remote Social Work: Practice Research from Australia’, Ashgate Publishers)


  • Harris, M. & Katrak, M. (2014) Experiences of Koori Youth of the Justice System in north-west Victoria, Victoria La Foundation, Latrobe University.

Book Reviews

  • Katrak, M. (2015) Review of the book Social issues in contemporary native America: reflections from Turtle Island, by H. Weaver 2014, Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 25 (1)

Research Grants

  • NPI Small Research Grant: Incorporating Indigenous Knowledges in Social Work Education $6220.00

Conference Presentations

  • 2015        Katrak M. ‘Social Work and an Indigenous Community: An Historical Perspective’, 3rd International Indigenous Social Work Conference, Darwin 15th-17th 2015 (abstract accepted)
  • 2015        Sharman A, Shaman E, & Katrak M. ‘No More Shame: A Community Journey, 3rd International Indigenous Social Work Conference, Darwin 15th-17th September 2015 (abstract accepted)
  • 2015        Katrak, M. & Howard, A.‘Rural Social Work: A Critical Analysis’, Rural Communities: Making it Happen, 12th Biennial National Rural and Remote Social Work Conference, Shepparton 30-31st July
  • 2015        Harris, M. & Katrak, M. ‘The Illusion of (Environmental) Justice and Native Title for Indigenous Australians’, Law’s Promise and Law's Pathos in the Global North and Global South, Law and Society Association, Seattle. (Abstract accepted, paper presented by A/Prof Mark Harris), 28-31 May
  • 2015        ‘Can we just get a guest speaker?’ Incorporating Indigenous Knowledges meaningfully in social work education, Social work Without Boarders Conference, Australian College Applied Psychology School of Social Work, 24 April
  • 2008        Katrak, M. & Bruce, P. ‘You can run but you can’t hide: intensive teaching of social work and building reflective practice’, at the Strength in Unity, International Social Work Conference, Sydney, 1619 November
  • 2006        ‘Learning from the past: strengthening the future, social work and an Australian Aboriginal community’, Strength Based Practices Conference, Hyderabad India
  • 2005        ‘Cross cultural social work: an historical perspective’, Asia Pacific Social Work Conference, Seoul
  • 2004        ‘From position statement to practical action: AASW Statement of Apology to Indigenous Australia’, International Social Work Conference, Adelaide (co-presenter)
  • 2003        ‘Kinship and beyond: out of home care’, National Foster Care Conference, Canberra
  • 2002        ‘Capacity building and Indigenous communities’, Families First Conference, Sydney

Professional Affiliations and Fellowships

  • Accredited Member of the AASW