Research Profile

Shelley MacK

Biography

Shelley Mack was born and grew up in New Zealand. At seventeen she won a NZ Youth Leadership Award, a scholarship which supported her to take up her career of choice. After graduating as an Occupational Therapist she spent two years working in an alcohol addiction treatment service, before moving to London which served as a base from which to work and travel. She worked at both Springfield and The Maudsley Psychiatric Hospitals, and for ‘Community Care', an agency which provided a variety of health care to individuals in their own homes.

In 1990 she returned to New Zealand and took up an initial year long contract to collaborate with mental health service users in Auckland City to develop a series of community resources in the wake of the psychiatric hospital closures. She then moved on to an occupational needs assessment for Framework Trust (a developing community service for people with enduring mental illness). This led on to an appointment as Training, Policy & Development Manager for the Trust which she held for four years.Whilst requiring the flexibility to be involved in the care of her grandmother an eclectic mix of private work ensued including, assessments of occupational functioning for The Accident Compensation Corporation of NZ, giving paid non-managerial supervision and providing facilitation/education to health & social services.

Following on from this Shelley was offered two consecutive health promotion contracts. A two year contract with The Mental Health Foundation of NZ with portfolios related to suicide prevention, depression awareness and health of Health Workers. And a nine month contract with Age Concern. *{In 2009, The Older Persons Forum which she established while at Age Concern with a colleague from The Mental Health Foundation celebrated its 10 year anniversary}.

During these years, Shelley also undertook further education, including post graduate certificates in ‘Management for Health Professionals', ‘Human Resources & Training' and ‘Supervision'. She also completed the Foundation Year in Psychosynthesis Counselling.

After a two year stay in Hong Kong where she held a Promotion and Marketing position for the Natural Health & Healing Association of Hong Kong. Shelley moved to Ireland in 2001 and worked as a Community Occupational Therapist in Cork before her appointment to the position of Practice Educator in January 2005 in the Department of Occupational Therapy at University College Cork. She was later appointed as Year Three Lecturer, co-developing the undergraduate year three programme.In 2005 she qualified as a Life & Business Coach. In 2009 fulfilled the requirements to register as a FETAC qualified Life & Business Coach and is currently completing her Masters in Advanced Healthcare Practice.


Research Interests

Professional Activities

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Member01-NOV-01 /
World Federation of Occupational Therapy Member01-JAN-06 /
NZ Association of Occupational Therapists Member01-MAR-82 /

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2005)Paper presented at the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education conference,
Mack, S. ; (2005) Integrating research throughout the curriculum. [Oral Presentation], Paper presented at the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education conference, Vienna, Austria , 01-JAN-05 - 01-JAN-05. [Details]
(2008)Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland,,
Mack S; (2008) Super Vision ¿ an essential continuing professional development activity. [Oral Presentation], Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland,, Killarney, Ireland , 01-JAN-08 - 01-JAN-08. [Details]
(2007)Thirteenth European Network of Occupational Therapy Educators (ENOTHE) Conference, Equal Opportunity -Towards a just society,
Mack S; (2007) Department of Occupational Therapy. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Thirteenth European Network of Occupational Therapy Educators (ENOTHE) Conference, Equal Opportunity -Towards a just society, UCC , 01-OCT-07 - 01-OCT-07. [Details]
(2006)World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress,
O¿Sullivan, C. & Mack, S; (2006) A practice development model designed to guide and facilitate local practice education processes. [Poster Presentation], World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress, Sydney, Australia , 01-JUL-06 - 01-JUL-06. [Details]
(2006)World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress, Sydney, Australia,
O¿Sullivan, C. & Mack, S; (2006) Developing thinking, reasoning and reflecting with students on practice education in a new undergraduate. [Oral Presentation], World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress, Sydney, Australia, Sydney, Australia , 01-JUL-06 - 01-JUL-06. [Details]
(2006)European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education,
Mack S; (2006) Role Emerging student placement expanding horizons in Occupational Therapy Practice. [Oral Presentation], European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education, Ankara, Turkey , 01-JAN-06 - 01-JAN-06. [Details]
(2005)Integrating Health Research -1st Interdisiplinary Conference,
Mack S; (2005) Faculty of Medicine and Health. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Integrating Health Research -1st Interdisiplinary Conference, UCC , 01-NOV-05 - 01-NOV-05. [Details]
(2005)European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education conference,
Mack S; (2005) Integrating research throughout the curriculum. [Oral Presentation], European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education conference, Vienna, Austria , 01-JAN-05 - 01-JAN-05. [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapies Lecturer03-SEP-07 /
University College Cork Regional Practice Educator/Lecturer01-AUG-05 / 01-AUG-07
University College Cork Regional Educator01-JAN-05 / 01-JUL-05
Southern Health Board Senior Community Occupational Therapist01-NOV-01 / 01-DEC-04

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2006University College Cork Postgraduate CertificateAdvanced Healthcare Practice
1998AUT (NZ) Postgraduate CertificateIntro to Research for Health Professionals
1994Auckland University (NZ) Postgraduate CertificateTraining & Human Resource Development
1991Manukau Polytechnic (NZ) Postgraduate CertificateManagement for Health Professionals
1982CIT (NZ) DiplomaOccupational Therapy

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Contact details

  • Shelley MacK
    Practice Tutor
  • shelley.mack@hse.ie
  • Dept. of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
    Ground Floor
    Brookfield Health Science Complex
    College Road, Cork.
  • +353-21-490-3000

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