Shelley has a background in nursing, having worked in clinical settings in Australia and the UK for over a decade. She was employed in the youth health sector (in local government and community health organisations) for over a decade, in project development, research and support worker roles.
Shelley has extensive experience in qualitative research, spanning studies focused on the sexual health and wellbeing of young people; the experiences of incarceration and release for young people in Cambodia and Australia, the experiences of people with a history of injecting drug use; hepatitis C elimination; and the evaluation of external alcohol and other drugs programs.
Shelley completed her doctoral studies in 2020. Her thesis was focused on the lived experiences of incarceration and release from adult prisons in Australia, for young men with histories of injecting drugs. Shelley is passionate about human rights and social justice issues and the translation of research into outcomes for the empowerment of disadvantaged, marginalised and vulnerable communities.
- Board Member, This Life Cambodia, 2017-2019
- 2020: Research Officer, Public Health, Burnet Institute.
- 2014-2019: PhD Candidate, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University.
- 2014-2019: Research Assistant, Public Health, Burnet Institute.
- 2012-2014: Community Research Evaluation Officer, This Life Cambodia.
- 2011-2012: Research Assistant, Dept General Practice, University of Melbourne.
- 2006-2012: Youth Health Worker, Knox Community Health Service.
- 2002-2005: Eastern Region Gay and Lesbian Youth Project Coordinator (DHS funded)
- 1997-2001: Youth Development Worker, Local Government Services.
- 1989-2008: Registered Nurse (Division 1)
- 2020: PhD – National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University.
- 2012: MPHC, University of Melbourne, Australia
- 1999: BA Community Development, Deakin University, Australia
- 1988: Registered Nurse, GV Base Hospital, Australia
- Australian Postgraduate Research Internship, Burnet Institute, 2020.
- Thesis Completion Scholarship, Curtin University, 2019.
- Faculty of Health Science Top Up Award, Curtin University, 2015-2019. Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship Curtin University, Faculty of Health Sciences, 2015-2019.
- Australian Volunteers for International Development, Australian Government, 2012-2014.
- Primary Health Care Research, Evaluation & Development Fellowship, University of Melbourne, 2010-2011.
Breaking the cycle: supporting people with drug use histories to avoid reincarceration
Evaluation of the Multicultural Drug and Alcohol Service
Optimising Quarantine Study
The Optimise Study: Optimising Isolation, Quarantine and Distancing for COVID-19
PATH Cohort Study
- "That's the Lowest Place on Earth!" Experiences of the Carceral Spaces of Australian Police Custody for Marginalized Young Men.
Walker S, Higgs P, Stoové M, Wilson M
Qual Health Res. 2020 Jan; 30(6):880-893
- "They just don't care about us!": Police custody experiences for young men with histories of injecting drug use
Walker S, Higgs P, Stoové M, Wilson M
Aust NZ J Criminol. 2020 Jan; 53(1):102-120
- "A spray bottle and a lollipop stick": An examination of policy prohibiting sterile injecting equipment in prison and effects on young men with injecting drug use histories.
Walker S, Seear K, Higgs P, Stoové M, Wilson M
Int J Drug Policy. 2020 Jan; 80:102532
- The Prison and Transition Health (PATH) Cohort Study: Study Protocol and Baseline Characteristics of a Cohort of Men with a History of Injecting Drug Use Leaving Prison in Australia.
Kirwan A, Curtis M, Dietze P, Aitken C, Woods E, Walker S, Kinner S, Ogloff J, Butler T, Stoové M
J Urban Health. 2019 Apr; 96(3):400-410
- Understanding HIV and hepatitis C virus risk among incarcerated young men with histories of injecting drug use.
Walker S, Stoové M, Wilson M, Higgs P.
Lancet Infect Dis. 2019 Feb; 19(2):130-131