Colleen Fisher

Professor, BA PhD Curtin

  • The University of Western Australia (M431), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley


  • 543 Citations
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Personal profile


B.A (Soc Sci) Hons Curtin University of Technology 1993
PhD Curtin Univeristy of Technology 2001

Funding overview


Australia's Naitonal Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS), Fisher, C., Gillet, A., Wood, L., Martin, K., & Pearman, A ($199,452) Best Practice Principles for Interventions with Domestic & Family Violence Perpetrators from Refugee Backgrounds


WA Department of Health ($55,000) Fisher, C., & Strange, C. Evaluation of the Undiagnosed Diseases Program, Western Australia (UDP-WA):  Perspectives from Parents/Caregivers



Fremantle Hospital Trust ($65,000) Brett, T., Arnold-Reed, D., Fisher, C., Preen, D., & Geelhoed, E. Health Service Utilisation by Marginalised Street Populations


Criminology Research Council ($76,500) Chung, D., Fisher, C., Zufferey, C & Thiara R., Prevention of, and Improving Government Responses to, Sexual Violence in African Communities

WA Health Promotion Foundation, Healthway ($245,421) Isaac, M., Fisher, C., Battersby, M., & Lawn, S. Promoting Health Self-Management by People Living with Mental Illness.

Australian College of Educators ($20,000) Sharplin, E., Fisher, C., Forsey, M & Lee T. Equity Project 2: Equity in Education: Drawing on perspectives and understandings outside education.

WA Health Promotion Foundation, Healthway ($29,993) Fisher, C., Hunt, L., Gausia, K., Moore, A., Turnock, D., & Lumis-Jones, C. Domestic Violence in Mid-Life Women: Experiences, Intervention and Prevention.

Pharmacy Guild of Australia ($643,534) Jiwa, M., O’Connor, M., Girgis, A., Hughes, J., Shaw, T., Davidson, P., Wilkinson, A., Mullen , J., Fisher, C., & Halkett, G. Palliative Care in Community Pharmacy,

Lotterywest ($102,660-00). Fisher, C. in collaboration with ASSeTS. Understandings of Family & Domestic Violence in Emerging African Communities

Department for Child Protection ($30,000-00) Fisher, C., Guilfoyle, A., & O’Connor, M., Evaluation of I&IE SAAP V Early Intervention Outreach Programmes.

Health Department of Western Australia. ($10,000) Health Promotion Strategic Directions – Injury Prevention Guilfoyle, A., & Fisher, C.

Family & Domestic Violence Unit, Department for Community
Development. ( $30,312) Fisher, C., & Ryder, D. PhD Scholarships –Family and Domestic Violence, Mental Health and Substance Use Co-morbidity.

Canadian Institutes for Health Research ($20,000) Thurston W, Hunt L, Kaosar A, Kovindha O, Razakh, Fisher C: Characteristics of women’s domestic violence health policy communities in five countries

The WA Nurses’ Memorial Trust ($8,355-00)White, K., Cousins, K., O’Connor, M., & Fisher, C.,: Meeting the Psychosocial Needs of Palliative Care Patients and Their Families: Palliative Care Nurses’ Concerns.

Telstra Foundation ($45,000) O’Connor, M., Sims, M., Fisher, C., Kristjanson, L., White, K., & Monterosso, L: Building Parenting Strengths to Enhance the Psychological Wellbeing of Families (Especially Adolescent Daughters) of Mothers with Breast Cancer.

Office of the Status of Women and Partnerships Against Domestic Violence ($55,000) Cant, R., Downie, R., Fisher, C., Froyland, I., & Henry, P: Evaluation of Perpetrator Programs for Mandated and Voluntary Participants in Western Australia

Department for Child Protection ($30,000-00) Fisher, C., Guilfoyle, A., & O’Connor, M., Evaluation of I&IE SAAP V Early Intervention Outreach Programmes.

WA Police ($40,000) Fisher, C., Ryder, D., Guilfoyle, A., O’Connor, M., Darby, Design, Conduct, Interpreting of Results and Report on an Evaluation Strategy for the “Fit for Life” Workplace Health Program.

Health Department of Western Australia. ($10,000) Health Promotion
Strategic Directions – Injury Prevention Guilfoyle, A. & Fisher C

Current projects

Flatau, P., Young, S., Fisher, C., Harries, M, in partnership with WACOSS, Anglicare WA, Ruah Community Services, Wanslea Family Services, St Vincent De Paul, Jacaranda Community Services, Uniting Care West, 100 Families WA


Fisher, C., Gillet, A., Wood, L., Martin, K., & Pearman, A Best Practice Principles for Domestic and Family Violence Interventions for Perpetrators from Refugee Backgrounds

Chung, D., Fisher, C., Zufferey, C Preventing and Improving Responses to Sexual Violence for Women from African Communities

Industrial relevance

President and Chair of National Executive Committee - CAPHIA (Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia)

Expert Witness - WA Department of Health, Clinical Senate - Domestic & Family Violence

Past Chairperson Orana House Inc

Past Member: Advisory Group on Prevention and Early Intervention of Family and Domestic Violence

Past Member: WA Department of Health Family and Domestic Violence Advisory Group

Teaching overview

Health Promotion
Qualitative Research Methods


Main Research Areas: family and domestic violence, including its health implications for women and children; support services for women and children; early intervention and prevention; and community and policy responses.

Other research interests: women’s health with particular focus on reproductive health, childbirth and chronic illness including cancer and the health impacts of caring.

Qualitative research methodologies.


  • Family and domestic violence
  • Women's reproductive health
  • Community-based support services
  • Family and domestic violence prevention and early intervention
  • Qualitative research

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Projects 2011 2021

Research Output 2003 2018

Information Services
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Delivery of Health Care
curriculum element

A qualitative evaluation of the implementation of guidelines and a support tool for asthma management in primary care

Watkins, K., Fisher, C., Misaghian, J., Schneider, C. R. & Clifford, R. 4 May 2016 In : BMC Asthma Research and Practice . 2, 8

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Primary Health Care
2 Citations

A qualitative study exploring midlife women's stages of change from domestic violence towards freedom

Keeling, J., Smith, D. & Fisher, C. 2016 In : BMC Womens Health. 16, 1, p. article number 13

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Domestic Violence
Social Welfare