Information related to research interest "Social Work"

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Supervisors with this research interest

  • Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Nat School of Allied Health

  • Professor Debbie Plath

    Professor Debbie Plath commenced at the Australian Catholic University in February 2018 as National Discipline Lead for Social Work. She has broad experience in social work practice, education, research and consultancy with particular expertise in the inter-relationship between research and practice in social work. She has published widely on approaches to evidence-informed practice in social work, most recently with the book Engaging Human Services with Evidence-Informed Practice (2017, NASW Press). Her approach focuses on the critical interconnection between research knowledge, relationship building and critical reflection for effective social work practice and the organisational processes required to sustain a research-informed approach. Professor Plath previously held senior social work academic positions at the University of Newcastle and the University of Western Sydney. She is also chairperson on the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) social work education programs accreditation panel.

    Phone : +61297014757 (Strathfield) Email : debbie.plath@acu.edu.au

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  • Dr Jean Burke

    Jean (BSW, DipEd, MSW, PhD) is a senior lecturer in Social Work in the School of Allied Health, at Strathfield campus. She has worked in research for 20 years, mainly in the areas of HIV, gender and health, stigma, social work in Africa and community development, refugees and African Australians. Her research has informed and evaluated HIV-related programs. Her current research is primarily focused on human rights and albinism and witchcraft beliefs as well as interpreting and translation of Swahili. Jean has published articles and book chapters and presented her research at national and international conferences.

    Phone : 4114 (Strathfield) Email : Jean.Burke@acu.edu.au

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  • Dr Parveen Kalliath

    Parveen graduated with a Master of Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis, USA and a PhD in Social Work from the University of Queensland, Australia. She has over thirty years social work practice experience in countries including India, USA, New Zealand and Australia. Parveen's career as a social worker began with community development work in India. The difficult and insecure lives of people living in slums created in her a strong passion for social justice and equity. Parveen is the recipient of Mother Theresa and the Altrusa Women's Fellowship which were awarded to her by the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St.Louis, USA. For several years she worked as a licensed clinical social worker in large medical college hospitals in St. Louis, USA. Later, in New Zealand, she became the team leader for social work in the Rehabilitation and Assessment services at Health Waikato. Parveen joined the academia after more than twenty years of social work practice. She coordinated the Bachelor of Applied Social Sciences (Social Work) program at the Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton, New Zealand before joining the Australian Catholic University in Canberra in 2005 where she is currently the Deputy Head of School and Course Coordinator for Social Work in Canberra campus.

    Phone : (02) 6209 1125 (Canberra) Email : Parveen.Kalliath@acu.edu.au

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  • Dr Joanna Zubrzycki

    Joanna is an Associate Professor of Social Work in the Discipline of Social Work at the Australian Catholic University, Canberra campus. Her main area of research is in the field of collaborative research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics and social work practitioners. From 2011-2014 Joanna was the project leader for a large National Office of Learning and Teaching Grant which produced the first National Teaching and Learning Framework for embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges in social work education. Joanna has also been a research and training advisor on numerous Aboriginal health projects including an award winning NSW Health project funded by the Cancer Institute and Cancer Australia.
    Her publications include book chapters and national and international refereed journals. In 2011 her joint publication with Aboriginal colleagues, Bindi Bennett and Violet Bacon won the presigious Norm Parker award for research publication in the journal Australian Social Work.
    Other research interests social work practice with refugees and asylum seekers. She has been a member of the Board of Management of Companion House, the ACT torture and trauma service. Her work with Companion House includes the provision of clinical supervision for social work staff at the agency as well as joint publications and conference presentations on emerging practice issues. Other areas of practice expertise include; staff supervision and feminist social work practices.

    Joanna's international research profile includes comparative research on Indigenous social work education in Canada and rural social work in the USA and Australia.

    Phone : (02) 6209 1159 (Canberra) Email : Joanna.Zubrzycki@acu.edu.au

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