Staff profile - Hayley Mckenzie

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Dr Hayley Mckenzie

Position: Lecturer In Health Sciences
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Health & Soc. Dev.
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 43804 +61 3 924 43804



  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Deakin University, 2006
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion), Deakin University, 2007
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2012
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2014


Member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)

Member of the International Network of Child Support Scholars (INCSS)


Subjects and units currently teaching

HSH113 - Social Perspectives on Population Health

HSH207 - Socioeconomic Status and Health

HSH731-734 - Masters Major and Minor Projects

Conferences and seminars

McKenzie, H., McKay, F. & McHugh, C. (26 November 2014). Life on Newstart Allowance: A new reality for low income single mothers. The Australian Sociological Association Conference, Adelaide, SA.

McKenzie, H., Graham, M., Lamaro, G., Klein, R., Shelley, J. & Andrews, F. (14 October 2013). Women’s reproductive choices and consequences: The position of policy. Emerging Health Policy Conference, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, Sydney, NSW.

McKay, F., McKenzie, H. & Dunn, M. (19 September 2013). Bring the workplace into the classroom: Integrating workplace needs into student projects. Council of Academic Public Health Institutions of Australia, Melbourne, VIC.

Dunn, M., McKay, F. & McKenzie, H. (19 September 2013). Education where you are – literally. Using technology to blur located and cloud learning. Council of Academic Public Health Institutions of Australia, Melbourne, VIC.

McKenzie, H. (22 August 2012). Low-income single mothers’ evaluation of their child support arrangements reflecting the ‘best interests of the child(ren)’. Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies Conference, Sydney, NSW.

McKenzie, H. (27 July 2012). Positions of dependence: Low-income single mothers with child support entitlements. Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, VIC.

McKenzie, H. (29 November 2011). Single mothers’ acceptance of unacceptable child support arrangements. The Australian Sociological Association Conference, Newcastle, NSW.

McKenzie, H. (8 July 2010). The influence of child support payments on single payee parent family’s economic wellbeing: findings from a qualitative study. Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, VIC.

McKenzie, H. (9 July 2008). The Australian Child Support Scheme as it relates to single mothers: historical development and international comparisons. Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference. Melbourne, VIC.


Research interests

Research interests focus on family and social policy, and exploring the inequities experienced by particular social groups who are reliant on social and institutional policies.



Cook K, McKenzie H, Natalier K. Mothers’ experiences of child support: Qualitative research and opportunities for policy insight. Journal of Family Studies. in press, 2015;21(1).

Cook, K., McKenzie, H. & Knight, T. (2011). Child support research in Australia: A critical Review. Journal of Family Studies.  17(2): 110-125. 

Cook, K., Davis, E., McKenzie, H. & Smyth, P. (2009). Quality of life of single parents engaged in welfare-to-work. Women and Health. 49 (6-7): 475-490.

Cook, K., Ward, B., McKenzie, H., Noblet, A. & Bodsworth, E. (2009). How welfare-to-work requirements impact on single parents’ volunteer activities.  Australian Journal on Volunteering. 14 (10): 1-8. 

Patrick, K., Cook, K. & McKenzie, H. (2008). Domestic violence and the exemption from seeking child support: providing safety or legitimizing ongoing poverty and fear. Social Policy and Administration. 42 (7): 749-767. 

McKenzie, H. & Cook, K. (2007). The influence of child support and welfare on single parent families. Just Policy. 45: 13-19. 

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