School of Arts

Woody Boyce


Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours) – University of Ballarat - 2012

Bachelor of Psychological Science – University of Ballarat - 2011


Woody has worked within the out-of-home care sector since completing undergraduate studies in psychology and has a range of experience working with families and children in foster and residential care. Woody has also been contracted to coordinate services and supports for youths who meet the criteria for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Multiple and Complex Needs Initiative (MACNI). Woody has significant experience working with youths who are transitioning out of care and in supporting them to live independently, and is currently employed by a Community Services Organisation to develop individualised plans to support children that are at risk of entering residential care.

PhD Topic Summary

The research project “Barriers and enabling factors in planned and unplanned school transitions for children in out-of-home care in the Victorian Central Highlands” has been developed by underpinning one of the central goals of the Central Highlands Youth Area Partnership (CHCYAP), which is to increase attendance and engagement in kindergarten and school for children in the region, and by collaborating with industry partners Berry Street, the Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS), and the Department of Education and Training (DET).

The aim of the research project is to have a practical impact with those working directly with children in out-of-home care who experience transitions. This will be achieved by (1) encouraging participants to identify and reflect on their practice methods and on the impact that their practice may be having, and (2) by implementing or encouraging change in practice where identified by the participants. The overall goal of the project is to promote a change in workforce awareness, practice methods, and self-reflection skills when working with children who experience transitions, which can ultimately influence better outcomes to occur in the region.

Conference Presentations

Boyce, W. (2017, July). Supporting school transitions in Out-of-Home Care in the Central Highlands. Paper presented at the Federation University Higher Degree by Research Conference, Ballarat, Victoria.


Honourable mention for best oral presentation, 2017 Federation University Higher Degree by Research Conference.