Dr Stuart Wark

Year 2 Clinical Academic Co-ordinator - School of Rural Medicine

Stuart Wark

Phone: +61 2 6773 2204

Email: swark5@une.edu.au

Biography

Stuart Wark is the Year 2 Clinical Academic Coordinator in the School of Rural Medicine at the University of New England. He has a two decade working history in the community and public health sector, and retains strong relationships with both rural and metropolitan Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). Stuart has sat on state and national advisory committees, and has been both chair and secretary of a Clinical Practice Forum for rural health practitioners. He currently teaches across the first three years of the Joint Medical Program, and in 2017 is course coordinator for Professional Practice II (MEDI-2011), Professional Practice III (MEDI-2013) and the Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours (MEDI-400). Stuart is the HDR Coordinator for the School of Rural Medicine, and supervises honours and PhD students in the fields of intellectual disability, ageing and/or public health

Qualifications

BA (Hons), PhD

Memberships

  • Registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA No. PSY0001655073)''
  • Founding Member, Disability Professionals New South Wales (DPNSW)
  • Founding Member, Disability Professionals Australia
  • Founding Member, National Disability Practitioners
  • Member, Australian Society for Intellectual Disability (ASID)
  • Member, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID)

Consultancy Interests

  • Intellectual disability
  • Ageing / Gerontology
  • Palliative / End of Life Care
  • Rurality
  • Mental Health

Teaching Areas

  • Public Health
  • Research Methods (Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods)
  • Counselling
  • Mental Health
  • Sexuality

Research Interests

Recent grants include:

  • 2013 Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund ($40,000): End-of-life care for people with intellectual disability (Hussain, R., Parmenter, T. & Wark, S.)
  • 2013 Illawarra Retirement Trust Research Foundation ($50,000): Supporting ageing-in-place for people with and into disability: An exploration of rural and metropolitan perspectives (Parmenter, T., Hussain, R., Knox, M. & Wark, S.)
  • 2014 University Research Seed Grant ($18, 050): Quality of Life: People with intellectual disability with terminal illness (Wark, S.)
  • 2015 University Research Seed Grant ($9, 968): Exploring the prevalence of suicide amongst people with intellectual disability (Wark, S. & McKay, K.)

Publications

Wark, S., Hussain, R., Muller, A., Ryan, P. & Parmenter, T. (2017). Challenges in providing end-of-life care for people with intellectual disability: Health services access. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. Accepted 3 May, 2017.

Hussain, R., Janicki, M., Knox, M., Wark, S. & Parmenter, T. (2017). Perspectives about support challenges facing health workers assisting older adults with and without intellectual disability in rural versus urban settings in Australia. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. Accepted 13 April, 2017. DOI:10.3109/13668250.2017.1326589

Wark, S. (2017). Does intellectual disability research consider the potential impact of geographic location? Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. Early on-line. DOI:10.3109/13668250.2017.1310826

Sharpley, C., Hussain, R., Wark, S., Bitsika, V., McEvoy, M., & Attia, J. (2017). Prevalence of depressed mood versus anhedonia in older persons: implications for clinical practice. Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 8(1).

Wark, S., Ryan, P., Parmenter, T., & Hussain, R. (2016). Supporting end-of-life care across geographic diversity: What works and what needs to change? Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(7/8).

Wark, S., Canon-Vanry, M., Knox, M., Parmenter, M., Hussain, R., Janicki, M., Leggatt-Cook, C., Edwards, M. & Parmenter, T. (2016). Securing personal input from individuals aging with intellectual disability: Do differing methodologies produce equivalent information? Review of Disability Studies, 12(2/3).

Wark, S., Muller, A., Hussain, R., & Parmenter, T. (2016). Pain management during end-of-life care: Support for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(7-8).

Hussain, R., Wark, S., Dillon, G., & Ryan, P. (2016). Self-reported physical and mental health of Australian carers: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, 6(9).

Wark, S., Hussain, R., & Edwards, H. (2016). The main signs of ageing in people with intellectual disability. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 24(6).

Hussain, R., Janicki, M., Wark, S., & Kingstone, M. (2016). Patterns of co-morbidity in older people with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(7-8).

Wark, S. (2016). Mental Health of Children and Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Framework for Professional Practice, edited by D. Dossetor, D. White, and L. Whatson. Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, online. DOI: 10.1080/23297018.2016.1146996.

Bowles, E. J., Hussain, R., Wark, S., & Janicki, M. (2016). Supporting participation: Facilitating inclusion of rural Australians aging with intellectual disabilities in research using validated survey tools. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(7-8).

Wark, S., Canon-Vanry, M., Ryan, P., Hussain, R., Knox, M., Edwards, M., Parmenter, M., Parmenter, T., Janicki, M. & Leggatt-Cook, C. (2015). Ageing-related experiences of adults with learning disability resident in rural areas: one Australian perspective. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 43(4).

Wark, S., Hussain, R. & Edwards, H. (2015). Assisting individuals ageing with learning disability: support worker perspectives. Tizard Learning Disability Review, 20(4).

Wark, S. (2015). Ageing, end-of-life care and the NDIS: What can we learn from overseas? Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 40(1).

Sharpley, C., Hussain, R., Wark, S., McEvoy, M. & Attia, J. (2015). The influence of social support on psychological distress in older persons: An examination of interaction processes in Australia. Psychological Reports, 117(3).

Wark, S. & Bleechmore, K. (2015). Twenty-five years of Community Living: Changes in Support Staff Perceptions. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 26(1).

McKay, K., Wark, S., Mapedzahama, V., Dune, T., Rahman, S. & MacPhail, C. (2015). Sticks and stones: How words and language impact upon social inclusion. Journal of Social Inclusion, 6 (1).

Hussain, R., Parmenter, T., Knox, M., Janicki, M., Leggatt-Cook, C., Wark, S., Cannon, M., Edwards, M. & Parmenter, M. (2014). Ageing-in-a-chosen-place: commonalities and dissonance in life choice-making in elders with and without intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27(4).

Wark, S. Hussain, R. & Parmenter, T. (2014). Down syndrome and dementia: Is depression a confounder for accurate diagnosis and treatment? Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 18(4).

Wark, S., Hussain, R. & Edwards, H. (2014). Impediments to community-based care for people ageing with intellectual disability in rural New South Wales. Health & Social Care in the Community, 22(6).

Hussain, R., Wark, S. & Parmenter, T. (2014). End-of-life care for people with intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27(4).

Wark, S. & Wiese, M. (2014). Grief, bereavement and loss: The impact on people with intellectual disability. Frontline, 95.

Wark, S., Hussain, R. & Edwards, H. (2014). The training needs of staff supporting individuals ageing with intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 27(3).

Wark, S., Hussain, R. & Edwards, H. (2013) Rural and remote service provision for people ageing with intellectual disability. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 10(1).

Wark, S., Hussain, R. & Edwards, H. (2013). Ageing with an intellectual disability: support issues in rural localities. Proceedings of the 12th National Rural Health Conference. http://nrha.org.au/12nrhc/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Wark-Stuart_ppr.pdf

Hussain, R., Parmenter, T., Knox, M., Janicki, M., Leggatt-Cook, C. & Wark, S. (2013). It's different in the country: Supporting ageing-in-place for people with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 10(2).

Wark, S. (2012). Counselling Support for People with Intellectual Disabilities: The Use of Narrative Therapy. The Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 18(1).

Wark, S., Hussain, R. & Edwards, E. (2012). Ageing with an intellectual disability in rural areas. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 56(7/8).

Wark, S. (2011). Implications of Quality of Life Measurement on Ageing with Intellectual Disability. Intellectual Disability Australasia, 32(4).

Peer Reviewed Conferences Proceedings or Invited Presentations

Craig, J., Hussain, R., Wark, S. & Parmenter, T. (2016). Giving a Voice to the Unheard. “Intersections of Knowledge”, UNE Postgraduate Conference, Armidale, 19 January.

Fisher, S., Ranmuthugala, G., Wark, S., Talk, A. & Hamlin, A. (2016). Sensory Integration Therapy reverses neurodevelopmental and behavioural deficits in a rat model of chronic early life stress. “Intersections of Knowledge”, UNE Postgraduate Conference, Armidale, 19 January

Hussain, R., Parmenter, T., Ryan, P. & Wark, S. (2015). Service Providers Perspectives on End-of-Life Care Issues for People with Intellectual Disabilities. 2nd National Complex Care Needs Conference, Canberra, Australia, 17-18 November.

Ryan, P., Hussain, R. & Wark, S. (2015). Physical and mental health of informal caregivers in northern regional New South Wales. 2015 NSW Rural Health and Research Congress: Building Connections, Armidale, Australia, 4-6 November.

Craig, J., Hussain, R., Knox, M., Janicki, M., Leggatt-Cook, C., Wark, S., Parmenter, M., Cannon-Vanry, M., Edwards-Gondo, M., Ryan, P. & Parmenter, T. (2015). The intrinsic value of identity: Maintaining meaning as an older person. 50th Annual ASID Conference, Melbourne. 11-13 November.

Craig, J., Hussain, R., Knox, M., Wark, S., Janicki, M. & Parmenter, T. (2015). Rural older people with intellectual disabilities: where is the choice? 2015 NSW Rural Health and Research Congress, Armidale, 4-6 November.

Wark, S. (2015). Home and away: What do we do well in Australia, and what can we learn from overseas? End of Life and People with Intellectual Disability Seminar, Sydney, Australia, 30 June.

Wark, S., Hussain, R., McEvoy, M. & Evans, M. (2015). Engaging the disengaged: How to effectively teach the principles of public health and evidence-based medicine. Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) and Asian Medical Education Association (AMEA) Joint Conference, Newcastle, Australia, 30 March – 1 April.

Hussain, R., Parmenter, T., Knox, M., Janicki, M., O’Brien, P., Wark, S., Cannon-Vanry, M., Edwards., M., Parmenter, M. & Leggatt-Cook, C. (2015). Vulnerability & Rurality: Lived experiences of ageing adults with lifelong disability in rural areas. Population Health Congress 2015. Hobart. 6-9 September.

Hussain, R., Parmenter, T., Knox, M., Janicki, M., Leggatt-Cook, C., Wark, S., Cannon, M., Edwards, M. & Parmenter, M. (7 November, 2014). Ageing-in-place: Perceptions of people with intellectual disability and those without lifelong disability in rural and metropolitan NSW. 49th Annual ASID Conference, Fremantle.

Parmenter, T., Hussain, R., Janicki, M., Knox, M., Leggatt-Cook, C.,Wark, S., Cannon-Vanry, M., Edwards, M. & Parmenter, M. (5 April, 2014). Ageing-in-place or Ageing-in-a-chosen-place? Minds Matter Conference, Coffs Harbour.

Parmenter, T., Hussain, R., Janicki, M., Knox, M., Leggatt-Cook, C., Wark, S., Cannon-Vanry, M., Edwards, M. & Parmenter, M. (4 April, 2014). "What does ageing mean to me?": Perceptions of people with and without intellectual disability. Minds Matter Conference, Coffs Harbour.

Wark, S. (17 March, 2014). Delivering services in Rural and Remote communities: Moving beyond the 'lottery' of access to services. Invited Presentation to 5th Annual National Disability Summit, Melbourne.

Parmenter, T., Hussain, R., Janicki, M., Knox, M., Leggatt-Cook, C., Wark, S., Cannon, M. & Edwards, M. (8 November 2013). Enablers and Impediments to Successful Ageing-in-Place. Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability National Conference, Sydney.

Wark, S. (8 November 2013). Avoiding the same mistakes: What we can learn from the experiences of ageing with an Intellectual Disability in the USA, UK and Ireland. Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability National Conference, Sydney.

Parmenter, T., Hussain, R., Janicki, M., Knox, M., O'Brien, P., Leggatt-Cook, C., Wark, S., Cannon, M, Edwards, M. & Parmenter, M. (16 September, 2013). Theories of ageing: Do people with lifelong cognitive impairments fit in? Australian Social Policy Conference, Sydney.

Wark, S. "The more candles, the bigger the wish: Ageing with a learning (intellectual) disability". Invited Seminar Presentations at Trinity College Dublin (9 July 2013), Edinburgh University (16 July 2013) and Keele University (29 July 2013).

Wark, S., Hussain, R and Parmenter, T. (16 April, 2013).Translating research into practice: Academia and disability services working together. Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) National Social Inclusion and Complex Needs Conference, Canberra.

Wark, S., Hussain, R. and Parmenter, T. (15 April, 2013). Supporting ageing-in-place for people with intellectual disability: A rural and metropolitan comparison. Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) National Social Inclusion and Complex Needs Conference, Canberra.

Wark, S. (15 March, 2012). Good health through internal practices and making the best of the health system (Keynote Presentation). NSW Council for Intellectual Disability (CID) Healthier Lives Conference, Armidale.

Wark, S., Hussain, R. & Edwards, E. (9 March, 2012). Health implications for people ageing with an intellectual disability in rural NSW. 2012 Australian Association of Developmental Disability Medicine (AADDM) Conference, Sydney.

Wark, S., Hussain, R. & Edwards, E. (31 March 2011). Ageing and Intellectual Disability: The Rural Perspective. 2011 Australian Association of Gerontology Rural Conference, Cessnock.

Wark, S., Hussain, R. & Edwards, E. (1 October 2010). Ageing and Intellectual Disability: Issues for Disability Service Provision. 45th ASSID Australasian Conference, Brisbane.

Wark, S., Hussain, R. & Edwards, E. (11 August 2010). Ageing and Intellectual Disability: The Emerging Health Crisis. Emerging Health Policy Research Conference, Sydney.

Wark, S., Hussain, R. & Edwards, E. (18 November 2009). Ageing and Intellectual Disability: The Training Needs of Disability Support Workers. 9th Annual ASSID Conference for Disability Support Workers, Melbourne.

Wark, S. (13 July 2009). A narrative approach for people with intellectual disabilities. 2nd Australasian Narrative Inquiry Conference, Armidale.

Major Reports

Hussain, R. Parmenter, T., O'Brien, P., Janicki, M., Knox, M., Leggatt-Cook, C. & Wark, S. (2014). "Its different in the country". Supporting ageing-in-place for people with developmental disability: An exploration of rural and metropolitan perspectives. Sydney: Disability Policy Research Working Group, NSW Government.

Hussain, R. Parmenter, T., Janicki, M., Knox, M., & Wark, S. (2014). Supporting Ageing-in-Place for people with and into disability: An exploration of rural and metropolitan perspectives. Illawarra: Illawarra Retirement Trust.

Wark, S. (2013). To assess the ageing and palliative care needs of people with an intellectual disability. Canberra: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia.