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Research

Paraprofessionals in the health and social services arena form the second largest group of workers, yet surprisingly little research has been conducted to explore their positioning within the complexities of New Zealand’s health and social care sector.

The research which is being undertaken at the Thames Campus is focused on developing a sound empirical knowledge of support work practice, from which this discipline can grow to received the professional recognition it deserves.

Books (International Publishers)

Pace, B. (2010). Developing a model of mental health support work practice. Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany. Author contacted by publisher to produce a manuscript based on other recently published work

Books (National Publishers)

Pace, B. (2010). Exploring support work: Examining the role of mental health support workers in New Zealand. First Edition Publishers, Wellington: New Zealand.

Pace, B. (2009). A practical guide to mental health support work. First Edition Publishers, Wellington: New Zealand.

Peer-Review Articles (International Journals)

Pace, B. (2010). Healthcare professional and service users' perception of mental health support workers. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 14, (2), 57-66.

Pace, B. (2009). Organisational views of the Mental Health Support Worker role and function. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 14, (1), 29-33.

Pace, B. (2009). How New Zealand Community Mental Health Support Workers perceive their role. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 13, (2), 5-10.

Peer-Review Articles (National Journals)

Pace, B. (2009). Preliminary comparison between the roles of support workers and social workers in community mental health services. Social Work Review, 21, 3, 33-37.  This was a requested article based on unpublished research undertaken in 2007

Pace, B. (2010). Highlighting the need for support worker registration. Platform Trust http://www.platformtrust.com

Pace, B. (2010). Why mental health support work needs research.Platform Trust. http://www.platformtrust.com

Interviews (International)

Pace, B. (2010). Healthcare professional and service users' perception of mental health support workers.  IPP-SHR Podcast. International Program of Psycho-Social Health Research, CQ University: Australia. This was a request interview based on peer review publication in the International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation

Pace, B. (2010). Healthcare professional and service users' perception of mental health support workers. Research Notes IPP-SHR Podcast. International Program of Psycho-Social Health Research, CQ University: Australia. This was a request interview based on peer review publication in the International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation

Submitted Manuscripts

Pace, B. (2009). Job analysis for Mental Health Support Workers. Manuscript submitted for publication. Waikato Institute of Technology, New Zealand.