Dr Susan Collings

PhD
Research Fellow

A35 - Education Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 8627 6407

Website Institute of Open Adoption Studies
Curriculum vitae Curriculum vitae

Research interests

Child welfare research

Children and young people in out-of-home-care

Families with complex support needs

Participatory research methods

Visual methodologies

Current projects

Meanings of Permanency for Young People in Care

Evaluation of Family Group Conferencing

Evaluation of Parenting from the Outside

Development of a Permanency Practice Framework with the Parenting Research Centre

Associations

Australian Research Association for Children and Young People (ARACY)

International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IASIDD)

Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID)

Awards and honours

Ian Potter Foundation Travel Award 2018

Best Australian Paper 2017 Award, Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability,

Research External Engagement Accelerator Funding, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, University of Sydney 2017

Conference travel scholarship, IASSID Parenting Special Interest Research Group, 2014

NHMRC Research Scholarship Award 2011

Research Award, Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID), 2010

Selected conference presentations

Collings, S, Wright AC and Wren, J (2019) Using arts-based methods to hear the voices of birth mothers about experiences of contact, Child Aware Conference, Brisbane, May

Collings, S, Wright AC (2019) Learning from children and families about practices to support birth family connections in permanent care, Child Aware Conference, Brisbane, May

Collings S (2018) Practices to support birth family connections for children in permanent care, Improving Outcomes for Vulnerable Children, Sydney, November

Collings, S. (2018) Children’s Best Interests and contact orders in New South Wales Supreme Court adoption matters EUSARF Conference (Invited Symposium) Porto, Portugal October.

Collings, S (2018) Supporting parents with learning difficulties with children in care: Challenge and lessons from Australia, University of Bristol, October.

Collings, S (2018) Supporting parents with learning difficulties with children in care: Challenge and lessons from Australia, University of East Anglia, September.

Wright AC and Collings S (2018) Permanency reforms in New South Wales out-of-home-care: Practices to support children and families, South Coast Child Wellbeing Network, Kiama, September

Collings C & Wright AC (2018) Supporting family connections for children in permanent care, Association of Child Welfare Agencies (ACWA) conference, Sydney August.

Collings, S. and Wright AC (2018) Lifelong connections for children in permanent care: What supports families to facilitate positive birth family contact? Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) Conference, Melbourne, July

Collings, S (2018). Relationship-building practices for families of children in permanent care, Parenting, Research & Relationships Forum, Nowra, April

Collings, S and Wright AC (2018). What helps birth parents and permanent carers to build positive relationships? Balancing Parent Capacity with the Child’s Needs Forum, Sydney, April

Dew, A., & Collings, S. (2016). Building capacity for people with cognitive disability and complex support needs: circle of support approach. Complexity and Belonging Forum, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia (invited presentation)

Collings, S. & Dew, A. (2016). Effective support planning for people with complex support needs, National Alcohol & other Drug Agencies National Conference, Sydney Australia

Collings, S., & Dew, A. (2016). Innovative approaches to planningInternational Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 14-19 August: Melbourne, VIC.

Collings, S., Llewellyn, G. & Grace, R. (2015). Negotiating with adult gatekeepers in research with disadvantaged/marginalised children. Early Start Conference, 30 Sept–2 Oct: Wollongong, NSW.

Collings, S., Llewellyn, G. & Grace, R. (2015). Influences in the social worlds of children of mothers with intellectual disability. Early Start Conference, 30 Sept-2 Oct, University of Wollongong, NSW

Collings, S., Llewellyn, G. & Grace, R. (2015). Influences in the social worlds of children of mothers with intellectual disability. 50th ASID Conference,Melbourne, Australia

Collings, S. & Dew, A. (2015). Effective support planning for people with complex support needs Australian Social Policy Conference, UNSW Sydney, Australia

Collings, S. & Dew, A. (2015). Effective support planning for people with complex support needs. National Complex Needs Alliance Conference, Canberra, Australia

Collings, S, Llewellyn, G, Grace, R. (2013). Hearing the perspectives of school-aged children of mothers with ID. 48th ASID Conference, Sydney Australia

Collings, S & Llewellyn, G. (2011). Children of parents with intellectual disabilities: Facing risks or faring okay? 46th ASID Conference,Adelaide, Australia

Collings, S & Llewellyn, G. (2011). What we know about children of parents with intellectual disability. Healthy Start National Forum, Sydney, Australia (invited presentation)

Collings, S & Llewellyn, G. (2011). Facts and stereotypes about children of parents with intellectual disability. BOLD conference, Brisbane, Australia (invited presentation)

Collings, S. (2010). Young adults with intellectual disabilities: Description of family relationships during childhood and adolescence. International Pathways to Resilience Conference, Halifax, Canada

Selected grants

2018

  • Sue Collings - Travel Grant (IPF); Collings S; Ian Potter Foundation/Travel Support.

2017

  • Families with Complex Support Needs; Dowse L, Strnadova I, Dew A, Collings S, Smith L, Meltzer A; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales/Collaborative Research Scheme.

2016

  • Intellectual Disability Rights Service Parents with Intellectual Disability; Dowse L, Dew A, Collings S, Spencer M, Cootes J; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales/Collaborative Research Scheme.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Collings, S., Wiese, M. (2016). A person-centred approach to supporting people with cognitive disability. In E. Moore (Eds.), Case management for community practice (2nd ed.), (pp. 303-320). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Pringle, R., Collings, S. (1996). Women and Butchery: Some Cultural Taboos (Les femmes en boucherie, quelques tabous culturels). In F. Collins (Eds.), Les Cahiers Du Grif, (pp. 15-32). Paris: Descartes & Cie.

Journals

  • Dew, A., Collings, S., Savage, I., Gentle, E., Dowse, L. (2019). "Living the life I want": A framework for planning engagement with people with intellectual disability and complex support needs. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 32(2), 401-412. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Dew, A., Dowse, L. (2019). "They need to be able to have walked in our shoes": What people with intellectual disability say about National Disability Insurance Scheme planning. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 44(1), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Dew, A., Collings, S., Dowse, L., Meltzer, A., Smith, L. (2019). 'I don't feel like I'm in this on my own': Peer support for mothers of children with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, Online first. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Dew, A., Dowse, L. (2019). 'Testing it in the real world': Using action research to apply a conceptual framework to social care planning. Action Research, Online first. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Wright, A., Spencer, M., Luu, B. (2019). How foster carers experience agency support for birth family contact. Child and Family Social Work, Online first. [More Information]
  • Strnadova, I., Collings, S., Loblinzk, J., Danker, J. (2019). Parents with intellectual disabilities and their perspective of peer support: "It depends on how they give it". Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 32(4), 879-889. [More Information]
  • Allan, J., Collings, S., Munro, A. (2019). The process of change for people with cognitive impairment in a residential rehabilitation program for substance problems: A phenomenographical analysis. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 14(3). [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Spencer, M., Dew, A., Dowse, L. (2018). 'She was there if I needed to talk or to try and get my point across': Specialist advocacy for parents with intellectual disability in the Australian child protection system. Australian Journal of Human Rights, 24(2), 162-181. [More Information]
  • Dew, A., Smith, L., Collings, S., Savage, I. (2018). Complexity Embodied: Using Body Mapping to Understand Complex Support Needs [Verkorperlichte Komplexitat: die Nutzung von Body Mapping zum Verstehen komplexer Unterstutzungsbedurfnisse]. FQS - Forum: Qualitative Social Research/Sozialforschung, 19(2), 1-24. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Dew, A., Gordon, T., Spencer, M., Dowse, L. (2018). Intersectional disadvantage: Exploring differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal parents with intellectual disability in the New South Wales child protection system. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 12(2), 170-189. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Neil, E., Wright, A. (2018). Practices to improve communication between birth parents and permanent families. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 20(2), 144-150.
  • Collings, S., Dew, A., Dowse, L. (2018). Unpacking the complexity of planning with persons with cognitive disability and complex support needs. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 31(1), 142-151. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Llewellyn, G., Grace, R. (2017). Home and the social worlds beyond: exploring influences in the lives of children of mothers with intellectual disability. Child: Care, Health and Development, 43(5), 697-708. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Grace, R., Llewellyn, G. (2017). The role of formal support in the lives of children of mothers with intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 30(3), 492-500. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Dew, A. (2016). A planning approach for individuals with complex support needs. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(7-8), 650.
  • Collings, S., Llewellyn, G., Grace, R. (2016). Formal service supports for children of mothers with intellectual disabilities (Scientific Oral Presentations). Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(7-8), 651. [More Information]
  • Spencer, M., Collings, S. (2016). Having choice and control: Parenting with intellectual disability under the NDIS. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(7-8), 739.
  • Dowse, L., Wiese, M., Dew, A., Smith, L., Collings, S., Didi, A. (2016). More, better, or different? NDIS workforce planning for people with intellectual disability and complex support needs. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 41(1), 81-84. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Grace, R., Llewellyn, G. (2016). Negotiating with Gatekeepers in Research with Disadvantaged Children: A Case Study of Children of Mothers with Intellectual Disability. Children and Society, 30(6), 499-509. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Dew, A., Dowse, L. (2016). Support planning with people with intellectual disability and complex support needs in the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 41(3), 272-276. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Llewellyn, G., Grace, R. (2014). Exploring the social worlds of children of mothers with intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27(4), 356-356.
  • Collings, S., Llewellyn, G., Grace, R. (2012). A review of research about children of parents with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(7-8), 743-743.
  • Llewellyn, G., Hindmarsh, G., Collings, S. (2012). Behavioural and mental health concerns about children: Findings from the literature. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(7-8), 744-744.
  • Collings, S., Llewellyn, G. (2012). Children of parents with intellectual disability: Facing poor outcomes or faring okay? Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 37(1), 65-82. [More Information]
  • Wade, C., Bennetts, S., Collings, S. (2012). Parents with intellectual disability who have school-age children: A review of the literature on their strengths and support needs. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(7-8), 743-743.
  • Collings, S., Llewellyn, G., Grace, R. (2012). What the children say about their social world. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(7-8), 744-744.
  • Collings, S. (2009). Book Review: Cleaver H and Nicholson D (2007) Parental Learning Disability and Children's Needs. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 34(4), 329-330.
  • Pringle, R., Collings, S. (1993). Women and Butchery: Some Cultural Taboos. Australian Feminist Studies, 8(17), 29-45. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Collings, S., Llewellyn, G., Grace, R. (2012). What the children say about their social world. IASSID World Congress 2012, United States: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Collings, S. (2010). Mothers With Intellectual Disabilities in Sweden. Pathways to Resilience II:The Social Ecology of Resilience, Canada: Resilience Research Centre.
  • Collings, S. (2010). Social Inclusion for Parents of Children with Intellectual Disability. ASSID National Conference, Glenelg, SA: ASSID.
  • Collings, S. (2005). Retirement Options. National ACROD Ageing &​ Disability Conference, Hobart, TAS: ACROD: National Industry Association for Disability Services.
  • Collings, S. (2005). Retirement Options. Aged and Community Services NSW Conference, Sydney, NSW: Aged and Community Services Association of NSW.
  • Collings, S. (2004). Transition Options. National ACROD Ageing &​ Disability Conference, Hobart, TAS: ACROD: National Industry Association for Disability Services.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Collings, S. (2016). The social wellbeing of children of parents with intellectual disability. Frontline: The Irish voice of intellectual Disability, 104(4). [More Information]

Research Reports

  • Collings, S., Dew, A., Dowse, L., Cooney, E. (2017). Evaluation of Project RE PIN: Receive, Encode, Process and INtegrate drug and alcohol treatment strategies for people with cognitive impairment: Final Report, Sydney, Australia: UNSW. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Dew, A., Spencer, M., Cooney, E., Gordon, T., Dowse, L. (2017). Supporting parents with intellectual disability in care and protection proceedings: Review report, Sydney, Australia: UNSW. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Dew, A., Dowse, L. (2015). Being a planner with a person with disability and complex support needs, Sydney, Australia: UNSW. [More Information]
  • Madden, R., Fortune, N., Collings, S., Morkham, B., Blackwood, A. (2014). Cross-sector service coordination for people with high and complex needs: Harnessing existing evidence and knowledge (Discussion paper), (pp. 7 - 152). Sydney, Australia: Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney. [More Information]
  • Madden, R., Fortune, N., Collings, S., Madden, R., Morkham, B., Blackwood, A. (2014). Policy Bulletin 2, 2014 | Cross-sector service coordination for people with high and complex needs: Harnessing existing evidence and knowledge, Sydney, Australia: Faculty of Health Sciences, the University of Sydney. [More Information]
  • Collings, S. (2010). Practice Point: Exploring stereotypes about children of parents with learning difficulties, Sydney, Australia: Parenting Research Centre / Australian Family and Disability Studies Research Collaboration, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney. [More Information]

2019

  • Dew, A., Collings, S., Savage, I., Gentle, E., Dowse, L. (2019). "Living the life I want": A framework for planning engagement with people with intellectual disability and complex support needs. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 32(2), 401-412. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Dew, A., Dowse, L. (2019). "They need to be able to have walked in our shoes": What people with intellectual disability say about National Disability Insurance Scheme planning. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 44(1), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Dew, A., Collings, S., Dowse, L., Meltzer, A., Smith, L. (2019). 'I don't feel like I'm in this on my own': Peer support for mothers of children with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, Online first. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Dew, A., Dowse, L. (2019). 'Testing it in the real world': Using action research to apply a conceptual framework to social care planning. Action Research, Online first. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Wright, A., Spencer, M., Luu, B. (2019). How foster carers experience agency support for birth family contact. Child and Family Social Work, Online first. [More Information]
  • Strnadova, I., Collings, S., Loblinzk, J., Danker, J. (2019). Parents with intellectual disabilities and their perspective of peer support: "It depends on how they give it". Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 32(4), 879-889. [More Information]
  • Allan, J., Collings, S., Munro, A. (2019). The process of change for people with cognitive impairment in a residential rehabilitation program for substance problems: A phenomenographical analysis. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 14(3). [More Information]

2018

  • Collings, S., Spencer, M., Dew, A., Dowse, L. (2018). 'She was there if I needed to talk or to try and get my point across': Specialist advocacy for parents with intellectual disability in the Australian child protection system. Australian Journal of Human Rights, 24(2), 162-181. [More Information]
  • Dew, A., Smith, L., Collings, S., Savage, I. (2018). Complexity Embodied: Using Body Mapping to Understand Complex Support Needs [Verkorperlichte Komplexitat: die Nutzung von Body Mapping zum Verstehen komplexer Unterstutzungsbedurfnisse]. FQS - Forum: Qualitative Social Research/Sozialforschung, 19(2), 1-24. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Dew, A., Gordon, T., Spencer, M., Dowse, L. (2018). Intersectional disadvantage: Exploring differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal parents with intellectual disability in the New South Wales child protection system. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 12(2), 170-189. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Neil, E., Wright, A. (2018). Practices to improve communication between birth parents and permanent families. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 20(2), 144-150.
  • Collings, S., Dew, A., Dowse, L. (2018). Unpacking the complexity of planning with persons with cognitive disability and complex support needs. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 31(1), 142-151. [More Information]

2017

  • Collings, S., Dew, A., Dowse, L., Cooney, E. (2017). Evaluation of Project RE PIN: Receive, Encode, Process and INtegrate drug and alcohol treatment strategies for people with cognitive impairment: Final Report, Sydney, Australia: UNSW. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Llewellyn, G., Grace, R. (2017). Home and the social worlds beyond: exploring influences in the lives of children of mothers with intellectual disability. Child: Care, Health and Development, 43(5), 697-708. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Dew, A., Spencer, M., Cooney, E., Gordon, T., Dowse, L. (2017). Supporting parents with intellectual disability in care and protection proceedings: Review report, Sydney, Australia: UNSW. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Grace, R., Llewellyn, G. (2017). The role of formal support in the lives of children of mothers with intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 30(3), 492-500. [More Information]

2016

  • Collings, S., Wiese, M. (2016). A person-centred approach to supporting people with cognitive disability. In E. Moore (Eds.), Case management for community practice (2nd ed.), (pp. 303-320). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Collings, S., Dew, A. (2016). A planning approach for individuals with complex support needs. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(7-8), 650.
  • Collings, S., Llewellyn, G., Grace, R. (2016). Formal service supports for children of mothers with intellectual disabilities (Scientific Oral Presentations). Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(7-8), 651. [More Information]
  • Spencer, M., Collings, S. (2016). Having choice and control: Parenting with intellectual disability under the NDIS. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(7-8), 739.
  • Dowse, L., Wiese, M., Dew, A., Smith, L., Collings, S., Didi, A. (2016). More, better, or different? NDIS workforce planning for people with intellectual disability and complex support needs. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 41(1), 81-84. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Grace, R., Llewellyn, G. (2016). Negotiating with Gatekeepers in Research with Disadvantaged Children: A Case Study of Children of Mothers with Intellectual Disability. Children and Society, 30(6), 499-509. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Dew, A., Dowse, L. (2016). Support planning with people with intellectual disability and complex support needs in the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 41(3), 272-276. [More Information]
  • Collings, S. (2016). The social wellbeing of children of parents with intellectual disability. Frontline: The Irish voice of intellectual Disability, 104(4). [More Information]

2015

  • Collings, S., Dew, A., Dowse, L. (2015). Being a planner with a person with disability and complex support needs, Sydney, Australia: UNSW. [More Information]

2014

  • Madden, R., Fortune, N., Collings, S., Morkham, B., Blackwood, A. (2014). Cross-sector service coordination for people with high and complex needs: Harnessing existing evidence and knowledge (Discussion paper), (pp. 7 - 152). Sydney, Australia: Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney. [More Information]
  • Collings, S., Llewellyn, G., Grace, R. (2014). Exploring the social worlds of children of mothers with intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27(4), 356-356.
  • Madden, R., Fortune, N., Collings, S., Madden, R., Morkham, B., Blackwood, A. (2014). Policy Bulletin 2, 2014 | Cross-sector service coordination for people with high and complex needs: Harnessing existing evidence and knowledge, Sydney, Australia: Faculty of Health Sciences, the University of Sydney. [More Information]

2012

  • Collings, S., Llewellyn, G., Grace, R. (2012). A review of research about children of parents with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(7-8), 743-743.
  • Llewellyn, G., Hindmarsh, G., Collings, S. (2012). Behavioural and mental health concerns about children: Findings from the literature. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(7-8), 744-744.
  • Collings, S., Llewellyn, G. (2012). Children of parents with intellectual disability: Facing poor outcomes or faring okay? Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 37(1), 65-82. [More Information]
  • Wade, C., Bennetts, S., Collings, S. (2012). Parents with intellectual disability who have school-age children: A review of the literature on their strengths and support needs. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(7-8), 743-743.
  • Collings, S., Llewellyn, G., Grace, R. (2012). What the children say about their social world. IASSID World Congress 2012, United States: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Collings, S., Llewellyn, G., Grace, R. (2012). What the children say about their social world. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(7-8), 744-744.

2010

  • Collings, S. (2010). Mothers With Intellectual Disabilities in Sweden. Pathways to Resilience II:The Social Ecology of Resilience, Canada: Resilience Research Centre.
  • Collings, S. (2010). Practice Point: Exploring stereotypes about children of parents with learning difficulties, Sydney, Australia: Parenting Research Centre / Australian Family and Disability Studies Research Collaboration, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney. [More Information]
  • Collings, S. (2010). Social Inclusion for Parents of Children with Intellectual Disability. ASSID National Conference, Glenelg, SA: ASSID.

2009

  • Collings, S. (2009). Book Review: Cleaver H and Nicholson D (2007) Parental Learning Disability and Children's Needs. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 34(4), 329-330.

2005

  • Collings, S. (2005). Retirement Options. National ACROD Ageing &​ Disability Conference, Hobart, TAS: ACROD: National Industry Association for Disability Services.
  • Collings, S. (2005). Retirement Options. Aged and Community Services NSW Conference, Sydney, NSW: Aged and Community Services Association of NSW.

2004

  • Collings, S. (2004). Transition Options. National ACROD Ageing &​ Disability Conference, Hobart, TAS: ACROD: National Industry Association for Disability Services.

1996

  • Pringle, R., Collings, S. (1996). Women and Butchery: Some Cultural Taboos (Les femmes en boucherie, quelques tabous culturels). In F. Collins (Eds.), Les Cahiers Du Grif, (pp. 15-32). Paris: Descartes & Cie.

1993

  • Pringle, R., Collings, S. (1993). Women and Butchery: Some Cultural Taboos. Australian Feminist Studies, 8(17), 29-45. [More Information]

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