Dr Joanna Zubrzycki - Nat School of Allied Health (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


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
URIs : Staff Directory Profile

Research Interests

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social work ; Social work education ; Cross-Cultural Practice ; Feminist Practice ; Teaching About the Use of Self in Practice ; Refugees ; Social Work Practice Skills ; Social Policy ; Rural Social Work ; Teaching ; Social Work ; Social Work Practice ; social work supervision ;

Methods Expertise

qualitative research methods ; collaborative research ; Participatory Action Research ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


Integrating Human Rights and Trauma Frameworks in Social Work with People from refugee Backgrounds, in Australian Social Work (online version)

Getting it Right: Creating partnerships for change: Developing a framework for integrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges in social work education and practice, in Journal of ethnic and cultural diversity in social work


Collaboration and relationship building in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social work, in Our Voices: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social work


A good way of doing business! Working together to achieve improved outcomes for Aboriginal People in NSW cancer services. , in Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal: a nat...

What do we know? The experiences of social workers working alongside Aboriginal people., in Australian Social Work

Educating Australian social workers in the post-Apology era: The potential offered by a whiteness lens., in Journal of Social Work


Personal and professional Boundaries in Australian Social work: a study of the self in practice


International recruitment in child protection: the experiences of workers in the Australian Capital Territory, in Communities, Children and Families Australia


Dad Where are we going to live now?' Exploring Fathers' Experiences of Homelessness, in Australian Social Work

Exploring the construction of personal and professional boundaries in social work, in Social Work Review

Aboriginal Australians, in Social Work and Human Services Best Practice


Rural Social Work Practice in the United States and Australia: A Comparison, in International Social Work

Preparing Social Work Students for Policy Practice: An Australian Example, in Social Work Education: a journal for education and training in local authority (online version)

Preparing Social Workers for Policy Practice, in Social Work Education: a journal for education and training in local authority (print version)


Hearing the stories of Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders Social Workers: Challenging & Educating the System, in Australian Social Work


Exploring the intersections of self; practice and education: social workers as parents; educators and practitioners., in Women in Welfare Education