Prue Walker (BA Hons, MA (Soc Pol), BSW) undertook a Churchill Fellowship in 2009 when she travelled to Canada and the United States to explore models of care for children with FASD. She presented her findings at the APCCAN Asia Pacific Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in Perth 2009, and since that time has convened workshops and delivered training for health and child protection workers in the Northern Territory in relation to FASD, including assessment, prevention and case management.
In 2010 Prue collaborated with Alcohol and Other Drugs and other agencies to run a 3-day symposium on FASD in Alice Springs, which attracted expertise in the field including Professor Elizabeth Elliott from Sydney, Vicky Russell from Tasmania and speakers from the Fitzroy Crossing Lililwan Project and the Ord Valley FASD project in WA. Prue also spoke at a NAPCAN forum to mark International FASD Awareness Day in Darwin in 2011.
Prue has been employed for 15 years in child protection in both Victoria and the Northern Territory, most recently as Practice Leader, Department of Human Services (DHS), Victoria and previously worked for 10 years in non-government homelessness services in Melbourne. Prue was employed by the NT Department of Children and Families (DCF) between 2006 and 2011 as a Child Protection Manager in both Alice Springs and East Arnhem where she was responsible for case management of a number of children with FASD. Since 21012 she has delivered FASD training for child protection workers in the Northern Territory and has expanded these workshops to include health, drug and alcohol, mental health, youth work and family services agencies.
In 2013 Prue completed a FASD research project in conjunction with Menzies Institute of Health Research and DCF (Katherine and Northern Region) exploring the prevalence of children at risk of FASD within the child protection system. Prue presented her findings at the Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Conference in Brisbane in September 2013. In 2013 Prue resigned from full time employment in order to establish a consultancy and further her goals of FASD education and prevention.
BA (Hons) University of Melbourne 1988
MA (Social Policy) RMIT 1998
BSW University of Melbourne 1999
Diploma of Management 2012
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment 2014
Churchill Fellow 2008
Publications and research
Media release: Alcohol's Impact on NT Child Protection System
Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) 19 November 2013