I was born on 10 July 1967 in Bisko, Croatia. I finished high school, Education Centre for Languages, in Zagreb.
1988 I graduated from a four-year study of religious pedagogy and catechetical ministry at the Catechetical Institute at the Catholic Theological Faculty in Zagreb.
1990 I started studying social work at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, and I graduated in 1994. During my studies I participated in two projects: 1991/2 - "Action approach to help families in community development" where I worked with children of elementary-school age who have learning disabilities; 1992/3 - "Psychological assistance to displaced persons" - working with refugee children who have problems with learning and behaviour in general. On the fourth year of my studies I volunteered as a student assistant in conducting workshops within the course "Social work with families."
As a student I received two awards: 1991/2 as the best student of her generation, and 1993/4 as the best graduate social worker.
After graduation, I started postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Social Psychiatry.
1999 I defended master thesis entitled: "The association of sociodemographic and psychological characteristics in adapting to life in a retirement home" at the Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb, and was elected to the status of an assistant.
My doctoral dissertation entitled: "The attitudes of elder people to death and dying" I defended 2004 at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb.
For Assistant Professor I was elected 2009, and as Chair of Social Gerontology in 2011.
I was elected and appointed Associate Professor in 2013.
Since 1995, I have been employed at the Study Centre for Social Work, the University of Zagreb, at the Department of Social Gerontology, where within the eponymous course I am responsible for seminar lectures and field work. After obtaining authorisation, I maintain exams. From 2003 to today I undertake lectures, seminars, workshops and field work. Since 2011 I have been teaching at graduate level, leading the course Selected Areas – the Elderly, and since 2012 I also give lectures in the elective course Palliative Care. As part of the postgraduate studies in the theory and methodology of social work, I prepared two elective courses: Selected Topics in Social Gerontology and Palliative Care for the Elderly.
As a mentor, I monitored more than 60 theses.
I participated in 13 international conferences and two domestic meetings and has published 20 scientific papers.
Of my professional and vocational activities I point out the following:
• 2006-2008 Participation in an international project Long-Term Care in Central and South Eastern Europe, Institute for Social Policy, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna, Österreich.
• 2012-2014 Co-leader of the project Caregivers of Elderly Persons in Families in the Area of Zagreb financed by the City Office for Social Protection and People with Disabilities in Zagreb.
• Since 1999, I have been involved in reality therapy education, and in 2003 I earned the certificate.
• 2001 I stayed at the one-month professional training in palliative care at Hospice Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA.
• I completed the training in Active Learning and Critical Thinking, Zagreb, 2011- 2013.
• I went to summer school: Social Work in the Community, Zagreb, 1-6 July 2012.
• As invited lecturer, I gave lectures at the postgraduate course of continuing medical education of the first category: Treatment of Pain in Children – Palliative Care, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
• Since 2013, co-leader of the IUC course in Dubrovnik: Contemporary Issues in Social Work: Working with Old Age.
• Invited lecturer at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Work – March 12, 2013. Topics of presentation: Introduction to Palliative Care and Communication in Palliative Care.
From 2002 to 2014, I actively participated as a volunteer (lecturer and organiser) of a number of courses for volunteers in palliative care, one terminal palliative care course for physicians in primary health care / family medicine and one palliative care course for employees of homes for the elderly and disabled and homes for mentally ill persons.
2003-2004 Head of the Croatian Association of Hospice Friends.
2002-2004 Member of the Commission for Palliative Care of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
2011 Member of the working group for drafting the national programme of strategic development of intergenerational solidarity services for the elderly at the Ministry of Family, Veterans and Intergenerational Solidarity.
Since 1999 I have been a member of the Croatian Association of Social Workers and the Croatian Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, and since 2014 a member of the Croatian Chamber of social workers.
I am fluent in English language.
Married and mother of three children.
The needs of the older people for services from the social welfare system in the Republic of Croatia
(ANTI)STIGMA OF PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA
Spirituality/religiosity and successful aging
UTANASIA AND / OR EMAUS: We are called to a culture of life, not a civilization of death
The role of the elderly people in contemporary family in Croatia – the view of the three generations
An Overview of Foster Care as a Form of Care for Older Persons in Croatia
INTEGRATION OF SPIRITUALITY INTO COMPREHENSIVE CARE FOR THE ELDERLY
Positive aspects of care for the elderly
Experiences of Older People with Dancing as a Form of Physical Activity
Smart Ageing: The Challenges of (not) Using Technology
(Non) acceptance of death and dying in old age
THE FUTURE PERSPECTIVE OF THE ELDERLY: THEIR ROLE IN THE MODERN FAMILY
The role of the elderly in the family, the Church and society - current challenges
Widowhood and Grieving in Old Age
LONG-TERM CARE OF OLDER PEOPLE: THE CHALLENGE FOR SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY AND SOCIAL POLICY
The profile of informal caregivers of older people in the City of Zagreb
Values and competencies of social workers in palliative care with the elderly
The difficulties and benefits of working with people with dementia from the perspective of formal caregivers
Older people's attitudes towards death and dying
Problems of Informal (family) Caregivers in the Care of People with Dementia – qualitative approach
Possibilities of applying hagiotherapy in palliative care with the elderly
Perceived Caregiver Burden and Needs of Informal Caregivers of Elderly Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease
Aging and Old Age in the Mirror of Spirituality
The role, standards nad competencies of social workers in palliative care
Aging and old age in the mirror of spirituality
A Woman as Wife and Mother: Now and Before
91 / 5.000 Rezultati prijevoda Preservation of human dignity at the end of life - a link social and health care
Applying Bibliodrama in the curriculum of Social Work
Spirituality as a resource empowerment in social work practice
Some characteristics of family caregivers of elderly people in Zagreb
The need for training in palliative care for social workers in care homes for older people in Zagreb
Social work in care homes for older people - challenges and difficulties
The social inclusion of elderly people with disabilities into the community
Rethinking aging and age - prejudices, myths and new views
Demographic ageing of population and care for the elderly in Croatia
Introduction to the thematic issue of the journal on active ageing and intergenerational collaboration
Experiences of Caregivers of People with Alzheimer's Disease
Role of social worker in palliative care
LIFE- LONG LEARNING ON ACTIVE AGING
Ageism: experiences of older people
Spending Leisure Time in Retirement
Some Dimensions of Quality of Life of Elderly People with Disabilities
The role of social worker in palliative care
Ageism: experiences of older people
Needs for service expansion for the users of "Dobri dom" in Zagreb
Social Work in Care Homes for Older People – Challenges and Difficulties
Experiences of social workers on the application of spirituality in social work.
Role of Social Worker in person-oriented medicine and healthcare
The role of spirituality in empowerment of family cohesion and family life satisfaction - experience from Croatia
The attitudes of citizens towards elderly people
Some components of quality of life in palliative care
Long-term Care for Older People in Croatia
Some components of quality of life in palliative care
Attitudes of Citizens towards the Elderly
Application of Kohonen Self-Organizing Maps (SOM) Based Clustering for the Assessment of Religious Motivation
Analysis of Hoge Religious Motivation Scale by Means of Combined HAC and PCA Methods
Dying persons and their right for adequate care
Disability Within Family and Sources of Support
Reflection on death - age and gender differences
THE RIGHT TO WORK AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITY
Formal and informal support to the parents of children with intellectual disabilities
Social policy and quality of life of elderly persons with physical disability
Attitudes of young people towards the physically disabled
How can parents help children accept loss
Some indicators of moral judgement of the focolar movement
Old people and their attitudes toward death and dying
The role of grieving center in giving of holistic hospice/palliative care
END-OF LIFE ISSUES IN THE COMMUNITY: LINKlNG PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND PUBLIC EDUCATION
Introduction to the Special DoubleNumber on End-of-Life Care Policy Issues
Psychological Status of Old People in the Homes for the Aged Evaluated by Means of SCL-90-R SCALE
Socio-Demographic and Psychological Factors that Influence Adaptation of Elderly People in the Homes for the Aged
Adaptation, stress and relocation in old age
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