Excelsia College

School of Counselling

Aqua Hastings | Counselling Lecturer and course coordinator | Excelsia College

Master of Community Services and Youth Work Course Coordinator

Dr Aqua Y Hastings

PhD (Sociology), Bachelor of Social Science (Hons I), Bachelor of Social Science (Gender)
Contact Details

Email

aqua.hastings@excelsia.edu.au

Phone

0290009734

 

Biographical details

Dr Aqua Hastings is a teaching and research academic with over ten years’ experience within the tertiary education sector. Aqua has worked as a frontline community practitioner in a variety of contexts. She has a particular interest in the diverse worldviews that shape people’s realities, and is committed to holding the light aloft to enable others to see difference with soft eyes.

Profile of Dr Aqua Y Hastings

Education

Aqua holds a Doctorate in Sociology through the University of Newcastle. She also has a Bachelor degree in Social Science (Gender) and a Bachelor Honours Class I degree in Social Science (Sociology). Additionally, Aqua has a number of health-related qualifications.

Research Interests

Aqua’s research interests include non-medical responses to overcoming trauma, the role of complementary medicine in addressing social injustice, the role of complementary medicine practitioners in health equity, and explorations of the various aspects of social, cultural and environmental determinants of health.

Selected publications

‘Are cultural safety definitions culturally safe? A review of 42 cultural safety definitions in an Australian cultural concept soup’, Research Square, December, (2021) DOI: 10.21203/rs.3.rs-1179330/v1 Co-authored paper.

 

‘Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the remote setting’, Australian Cultural Safety and Security News, (2019) ISSN 2652-0524, Vol. 1, No. 2.

 

‘Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine use in the remote setting’, Advances in Integrative Medicine, (2019) Vol. 6, S. 1, pp. S1-S152. https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/advances-in-integrative- medicine/vol/6/suppl/S1

 

Outback Healing: Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine across Shifting Socio-Cultural Landscapes’, Chapter 2, in Complementary Medicine and Culture: The Changing Cultural Territory of Local and Global Healing Practices, (2017) Editors: Tass Holmes, Ph.D. and Paul Cherniack, MD, New York: Nova Science Publishers

 

‘Defining health: How users and practitioners of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine experience health care in a remote area of Australia’, published online in the Refereed Proceedings of TASA Conference 2016, (2016) The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association, Melbourne, Editor: Mark Chou, ISBN: 978- 0-646-96480-5 © TASA 2016

Presentations

Reducing stress, enhancing resilience: complementary therapies and trauma. Frontline Mental Health Conference 2021 Gold Coast, Australia.

 

Novel Solutions for Resilience Support of Rural and Remote Workers. Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium 2020 Virtual Symposium.

 

Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine use in the remote setting. International Congress of Complementary Medicine Research 2019 Brisbane.

 

“Because so many people feel abandoned or they become somebody who is socially soundless”: How healers in a remote Australian town are addressing social death. Australian Anthropological Society Conference 2018 James Cook University, Cairns.

 

Conceptualisations of Healing in Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine; An Outback Australian Study. XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology 2018 Toronto, Canada.

 

Defining health: How users and practitioners of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine experience health care in a remote area of Australia. The Australian Sociological Association Conference 2016 Australian Catholic University, Melbourne.

 

Epistemic Notions of Health in Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, poster presentation. International Conference of Naturopathic Medicine 2014, Paris.

 

Epistemic Notions of Health in Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. World Health Organisation 2014, Geneva. Personal presentation and discussion with standing head of the department of Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medic