NTEU National Office
The NTEU established a scholarship for post-graduate nursing research in memory of the late Joan Hardy, who died in 2003. The successful recipient of the 2014 Joan Hardy Scholarship is Katrina Recoche, a PhD candidate in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Monash University.
The Joan Hardy Scholarship ($5000 for one year) is available for any student undertaking a study of nurses, nursing culture or practices, or historical aspects of nursing as a lay or professional practice. The student need not therefore be or have been a nurse and can be undertaking the study in disciplines/schools other than nursing. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an academic award of an Australian public university, and expect to submit the thesis within one year of being awarded the Scholarship.
NTEU received ten applications, which were assessed by senior scholars in nursing and nurse education.
Successful recipient Katrina Recoche is undertaking a study of palliative care for homeless and disenfranchised persons in Australia, with a particular focus on policies, organisational documents and other discourses that either facilitate or act as barriers to service access.
The assessors concluded that her topic has significant merit as it deals with issues for nurses in current practice that to date have undergone very little research, despite the increasing volume of presentation by homeless persons in emergency departments. The topic also addresses one of the issues most associated with unionism – social justice. In addition, it will influence nursing knowledge and practice in emergency departments and importantly may provide policy initiatives that improve outcomes for homeless people.
Katrina brings her own personal and extensive experience to this study. She worked for most of her career in palliative care service until transitioning to academia where she now teaches undergraduate and postgraduate palliative care.
Katrina has been a long time volunteer for the Frankston Community Breakfast Program and the City Life Café which provide food and other services for homeless and disenfranchised people in the local
Julija Knezevic is the successful recipient of the inaugural Carolyn Allport Scholarship, a postgraduate scholarship in feminist studies. Julia is a PhD student at RMIT undertaking an exploratory study into the professional occupation of interpreters employed as temporary agency (haken) workers in Japan. NTEU established the scholarship in recognition of Dr Carolyn Allport’s contribution to the leadership and development of the Union in her 16 years as National President.
The scholarship is available for a woman undertaking postgraduate feminist studies in any discipline, who is currently enrolled in postgraduate studies by research in an Australian public university. The scholarship pays $5000 per year for a maximum of three years. In this first year, the 17 applications we received from all over Australia were assessed by prominent feminist research scholars.
The assessors concluded that Julija Knezevic’s PhD research will make an important contribution to knowledge about gender and work. NTEU National President, Jeannie Rea commented that ‘Julija is a most appropriate recipient of the first NTEU Carolyn Allport Scholarship as her field of research and indeed her own work experience go to a most salient issue of our time – the rise of precarious work as the norm, rather than exception. All the efforts of feminist labour campaigners for women’s workplace rights are diminished by increased precarity.’
As well as working on her PhD, Julija is employed as a freelance interpreter for governmental agencies in Melbourne and undertakes legal educational and technical translations through agencies in the UK and US. Until recently, she taught in the Diploma of Interpreting at RMIT. She is a fluent speaker of Japanese.
Julija’s research explores a particular group of working women, potentially a junior management class located across different industries in Japan. She focuses on interpreters for a number of reasons, such as their ‘premium’ value, their constructed images as ‘global’ and ‘cosmopolitan’ women in Japan. Her project is based on personal experience as a so-called house interpreter who works in corporations known for their sex and gendered segregation. She is exploring gender relations in the workplace and the lived experience of interpreting work – the physical embodiment, the silencing, the use of emotional labour – and how all of these contribute to regulating behaviour in the workplace.
Her research question is: ‘How does a temporary agency worker (haken) interpreter, located at the intersection of a managerial-track and non-managerial track of employment, negotiate their “professionalism” within corporate Japan?’ She starts with a paradox: ‘haken interpreters are located within a precarious, gendered workforce, but at the same time the occupation of an interpreter may be a “gender escalator” by providing women with an opportunity to tap into the “boys club”.’
Julija’s study seeks to explore how women haken interpreters understand and deal with the complex and contested meanings of their work. The study is based on in-depth interviews with 20 interpreters in Melbourne and
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