Doctor Jioji Ravulo

Doctor Jioji Ravulo

Senior Lecturer in Social Work,
Social Work and Community Welfare (SSAP)

Biography

Jioji Ravulo joined Western Sydney University after 12 years of professional youth and social work practice. Working predominately with marginalised communities across South West Sydney, Jioji has been involved in projects funded to work with NSW Department of Juvenile Justice and NSW Police. He has an enthusiasm for developing and implementing community based service models that effectively engage and provide support for young people and their families, whilst promoting pro social behaviour through intensive case management and counselling support. Jioji is also passionate about working collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; especially in areas of educational access and engagement.

In 2009, he completed his professional Doctorate in Cultural Research, examining the development of anti social behaviour in Pacific youth. From this, Jioji has been involved in providing cultural awareness training for numerous organisations and community groups, including Australian Parliament House, and the National Rugby League (NRL) in creating capacity and awareness on diversity for both players and staff across the organisation.

In 2012, Jioji founded Pasifika Achievement To Higher Education (PATHE), an initiative to raise and sustain aspirations towards further education and training within Pacific communities (for more info: www.westernsydney.edu.au/pathe). This program expanded to include an initiative previously funded by the Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA), assisting the development of cultural diversity across Rugby Union in Australia. Additionally, Jioji is involved in creating International Field Education opportunities across the Pacific Islands by working collaboratively as a Visiting Academic to the University of the South Pacific (USP - School of Social Sciences) and respective community service projects, agencies and organisations.

Jioji has also undertaken roles as a Visiting Fellow in the College of Asia & Pacific at the Australian National University (ANU), supporting the development and implementation of an online Pacific studies curriculum through blended learning. 

Jioji is also from a performing arts background. His acting work includes guest roles in "Pizza" (TV - SBS), as a cast member of "Swift and Shift Couriers" (TV - SBS), "Housos vs Authority" (Movie) and "Housos" (TV - SBS).

This information has been contributed by Doctor Ravulo.

Qualifications

  • DocCulRes University of Western Sydney,Nepean
  • MaEd University of Western Sydney
  • BaSW University of Western Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • NRL Pacific Advisory Group (2012)
  • NRL Mental Health Advisory Group (2015)

Interests

  • Antisocial Behaviour Crime
  • Community Capacity Building
  • Counselling
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Cultural Awareness Training
  • Educational research
  • Effective Service Delivery
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Marginalised Communities
  • Organisational Change
  • Pacific Culture Intercultural Strains
  • Youth Family Studies
  • Youth Work

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Social Work and Community Welfare (SSAP)

Committees

  • Together For Humanity
  • NRL Pacific Advisory Council
  • NSWDAGJ Pacific Steering Committee
  • University of the South Pacific
  • Australian National University

Contact

Email: J.Ravulo@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9772 6482
Mobile: 0428538024
Location: 1.1.171
Bankstown
Website:

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101664 Working with Cultural Differences, 2015
  • 400193 Human Services Intervention Strategies, 2011
  • 400193 Human Services Intervention Strategies, 2012
  • 400193 Human Services Intervention Strategies, 2013
  • 400508 Working with Individuals and Families, 2011
  • 400508 Working with Individuals and Families, 2012
  • 400508 Working with Individuals and Families, 2013
  • 400508 Working with Individuals and Families, 2014
  • 400508 Working with Individuals and Families, 2015

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Ravulo, J. (2015), 'Pacific youth offending within an Australian context', Youth Justice, .
  • Crawford, B., Yamazaki, R., Franke, E., Amanatidis, S., Ravulo, J. and Torvaldsen, S. (2015), 'Is something better than nothing? : food insecurity and eating patterns of young people experiencing homelessness', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol 39, no 4 , pp 350 - 354.
  • Crawford, B., Yamazaki, R., Franke, E., Amanatidis, S., Ravulo, J., Steinbeck, K., Ritchie, J. and Torvaldsen, S. (2014), 'Sustaining dignity? : food insecurity in homeless young people in urban Australia', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol 25, no 2 , pp 71 - 78.
  • Crawford, B., Rissel, C., Yamazaki, R., Franke, E., Amanatidis, S., Ravulo, J., Bindon, J. and Torvaldsen, S. (2012), 'It's good to have wheels! : perceptions of cycling among homeless young people in Sydney, Australia', Youth Studies Australia, vol 31, no 4 , pp 55 - 63.

Other Publications

  • 2016, 'Reach Music Video', Recorded Work
  • 2015, 'NRL Graduates of League @ Western Sydney University: Evaluation Report', Research Report
  • 2015, 'Delivering the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course within the National Rugby League (NRL): Evaluation Report', Research Report
  • 2015, 'Pacific Communities in Australia', Research Report
  • 2015, 'PATHE Vocational Videos', Recorded Work
  • 2015, 'Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reconnection Project Evaluation Report', Research Report
  • 2014, 'Developing Diversity Awareness and Practices in the National Rugby League (NRL): Progressive Player Participation and Club Collaborations', Research Report
  • 2012, 'PATHE Interview #1: Tofiga Fepulea'i (The Laughing Samoans)', Recorded Work
  • 2012, 'PATHE Interview #2: Frank Puletua', Recorded Work
  • 2012, 'PATHE Interview #4: Itu Taito', Recorded Work
  • 2012, 'PATHE interview #3: Alan Alaalatoa', Recorded Work
  • 2010, ''More Than a Warm Bed & a Hot Meal': Holistic Approaches to Youth Homelessness Through Short Term Accommodation', Research Report

Research

Youth & Family studies; Juvenile Justice; Anti Social Behaviour & Crime, Pacific Culture & Intercultural strains; Cultural Awareness Training, Community Capacity Building; Organisational Change; Marginalised Communities; Effective Service Delivery Models & Provision; Counselling Support; Critical Pedagogies & Educational Leadership.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Ravulo.

Current Projects

Title: HOPEPLUS co-funded HDR Scholarship, Woodville Alliance - Challenging Youth Unemployment and Disengagement
Years: 2016-06-01 - 2019-05-31
ID: P00023556
Western Researchers: Jioji Ravulo
Funding:
  • Woodville Alliance Limited

Supervision

Current Supervision

Title: Whakapono ki a te Karaiti: Exploring Christian-Maori Identity through Christian Songwriting
Field of Research: MUSIC; OTHER SOCIETY AND CULTURE; INDIGENOUS STUDIES; RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Media

Title: Leadership conference providing support for Pacific NRL Players
Description: Tagata Pasifika Video Report
Title: Working with young people who offend
Description: Podsocs - Social Work Podcast
Title: Young Offenders and Marginalisation: Characteristics & Issues
Description: AIC Occasional Seminar
Title: A stolen generation of our young in detention
Description: SMH Video & Article
Title: High imprisonment rates spark community concern
Description: ABC 7:30 Report Video
Title: NRL Pacific Island Players Cultural and Leadership Camp
Description: Tagata Pasifika Video Report
Title: Pasifika program endeavours to keep kids out of jail
Description: ABC 7:30 Report Video
Title: Reform urgently needed, experts say
Description: SMH Article

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