Jade Purtell

Jade Purtell

Senior Research Officer
Australian Institute of Family Studies
MSocWk (RMIT), BSocSc(Hons) Swinburne

Jade began working at AIFS on the Beyond 18 project in 2017. She has previously worked in both practitioner and researcher roles with children and young people with out of home care experiences.

Most recently Jade has worked with the CREATE Foundation, the Bounce Project at Orygen Youth Health and with leaving care researchers at Monash University.

She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Social Work at Monash University supervised by Philip Mendes and Bernadette Saunders.

Selected publications

Purtell, J, (2018) Early parenting amongst young people leaving care: social, family and community influences on decisions about parenthood, poster presentation at Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference 2018.

Mendes, P. and Purtell, J. (2017) ‘An evaluation of housing outcomes from a support program for young people transitioning from out-of-home care in Victoria, Australia’ in Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, Vol 16, no. 2, pp 1-16.

Mendes, P. & Purtell, J. (2017) Submission to National Children’s Commissioner’s Roundtable on Young Parents and their Children.

Purtell, J., Mendes, P., Baidawi, S. and Inder, B. (2016) Evaluation of the Berry Street Stand By Me Program: Wraparound support to smooth the transition from out-of-home care. Melbourne: Monash University Department of Social Work.

Purtell, J. and Mendes, P. (2016) Stand By Me – Flexible and Holistic Support for Young Care Leavers: Smoothing Transitions from Care, Children Australia, vol 41, Special Issue 03, pp. 208-213, published online August 2016.

Purtell, J. and Mendes, P., ‘The Berry Street Stand By Me Program: Support that Stands By Care Leavers’, Parity, February 2016, vol 29, issue 1, pp. 34-35, Council to Homeless Persons, Melbourne.

Purtell, J., Mendes, P. and Antonucci, K., (2015) “If it wasn’t for my Stand By Me worker…”: Silos and Service Gaps, paper presented at the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare 2015 Sector Research Symposium.