Social work academics at the School of Allied Health are engaged in research projects that respond to a wide range of social justice issues. Our social work staff undertake research that is designed to inform culturally responsive, evidence-informed practice which is relevant to current and changing social work practice in health and human service settings.

Learn more about our social work research and the interests of our researchers below.

Research strengths in Social Work undertaken in the School of Allied Health include:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Communities

Indigenising Australian social work education – Joanna Zubrzycki Project Leader

This project was funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Innovation and Development Grant. Partners – University of Western Australia, Curtin University, UNSW and NSW Health - 2011 - 2012.

Publications

Bennett, B., Green, S., Gilbert, S. & Bessarab, D. (Eds) Our Voices: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Work, Palgrave Macmillan, Australia.
Bennett, B. (2012) 'The importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander history for social work students and graduates' in Bennett, B., Green, S., Gilbert, S. & Bessarab, D. (Eds) Our Voices: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Work, Palgrave Macmillan, Australia.
Green, S., Bennett, B., Collins, A., Gowans, B., Hennessey, K. & Smith, K. (2012) 'Walking the journey: the student experience' in Bennett, B., Green, S., Gilbert, S. & Bessarab, D. (Eds) Our Voices: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Work, Palgrave Macmillan, Australia.
Zubrzycki, J. & Crawford, F. (2012) 'Collaboration and Relationship Building in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Work' in Bennett, B., Green, S., Gilbert, S. & Bessarab, D. (Eds) Our Voices: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Work, Palgrave Macmillan, Australia

African Studies

Project one: HIV and infant feeding in East Africa – Jean Burke. This qualitative project explores the perceptions and attitudes to HIV, transmission to children and infant feeding amongst HIV-infected mothers and people who are important in the social relationships of mothers in Tanzania

Project two: Media coverage of people with albinism in East Africa – Jean Burke. This project analyses content of media coverage of issues affecting Africans with albinism (albinos) and strategic responses to discrimination and violence directed towards people with this skin disability.

Project three: Swahili usage by African Australians – Jean Burke. This project analyses census and immigration data to construct a community profile around the language of Swahili.

Publications

Burke, J. (in press Dec 2013) Media framing of violence against Tanzanians with albinism in the Great Lakes region: a matter of culture, crime, poverty and human rights. The Australian Review of African Studies. 
Burke, J. (2012) Language as a resource for improving health: using Swahili-based concepts in responding to infant HIV. The Australian Review of African Studies. Vol 33. No. 2: 141-157
Burke, J., Majule, N., Ikongo, G. and M. Burke (2009) "East African mothers with HIV: Testing, talking and transmission to children". In eds. S.A. MacMaster, B. E. Bride and C. Davis, International Perspectives on Women and HIV. Routledge: London: 26-46
Burke, J., Majule, N., Ikongo, G. and M. Burke (2008) East African mothers with HIV: Testing, talking and transmission to children. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. Vol. 17 Nos. 3-4 2008: 259-279
Burke, J. (2004). Infant HIV infection: Acceptability of Preventative Strategies in Central Tanzania. AIDS Education and Prevention. Vol. 16 No. 5 October 2004: 415-425

Children and Young People

Project One: Challenges, Possibilities and Future Directions: A National Assessment of Australia's Children's Courts - Peter Camilleri (School of Social Work), Morag McArthur, and Lorraine Thomson (Institute of Child Protection Studies).  This project was funded by an ARC Discovery Grant (2009-2010), with the ACT study one of nine parallel studies, one covering each state and territory and the ninth, based on the eight others, focusing on Australia as a whole.

Publications

Report: ARC Discovery Grant Project - Challenges, Possibilities and Future Directions: A national assessment of Australia's Children's Courts. ACT Report.                   

Camilleri, P., Thomson, L., and McArthur, M. (2013) 'Needs or deeds? Child Protection and Youth Justice in the Australian Capital Territory' Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 35(2) pp 193-206.
Camilleri, P., Thomson, L., and McArthur, M. (2013) 'The Childrens Court in the Australian Capital Territory' in Borowski, A. & Sheehan, R. (Eds) Australia's Children's Courts Today and Tomorrow. Springer Press. Heidelberg.
Camilleri, P., Thomson, L., and McArthur, M. (2013) 'Needs or deeds? Child Protection and Youth Justice in the Australian Capital Territory' Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 35(2) accepted for publication. 

Disaster, Resilience and Recovery  

Project One: Recovering from the 2003 Canberra Bushfires - Peter Camilleri, Chris Healy, Elspeth Macdonald, Susan Nicholls, Jolyon Sykes, Gail Winkworth, Merrilyn Woodward. This research project looked at aspects of the recovery process following the January 2003 bushfire in Canberra. Funded by Emergency Management Australia, the research was undertaken by a multidisciplinary team drawn from the Australian Catholic University, University of Canberra and the ACT Government. Additional funding was provided by Mental Health ACT. 2007 -2008

Publications

Report: Recovering from the 2003 Canberra bushfire: A work in progress. 

Nicholls, S., Sykes, J. & Camilleri, P. (2010) 'The Role of the Media and Communication in Recovery from Natural Disasters: A Case Study of the Canberra 'Firestorm' and its aftermath 2003 – 2007'Australian Journal of Communication Vol 37 (3) p.33 – 50.
Camilleri, P., Healy, C., Macdonald, E., Nicholls, S., Sykes, J., Winkworth, G. and Woodward, M. (2010) 'Recovery from Bushfires: The experience of the 2003 Canberra bushfires three years after' Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care Vol. 8, No. 1. ejournal.
Winkworth, G., Healy, C., Woodward, M. and Camilleri, P. (2009) 'Community Capacity Building: Lessons from 2003 Canberra Brushfires' The Australian Journal of Emergency Management Vol. 24, No.2: 5-12.

Families and work

Publications

Kalliath, P. (2012) 'Direct and Mediated Effects of Job Satisfaction on Burnout' in Jaakson, K & Vadi, M. (Eds) Work Values, International Society for the Study of Work and Organizational Values, Shreveport, Louisiana .
Kalliath, T. & Kalliath, P. (2012) 'Changing Work Environment and employee wellbeing' International Journal of Manpower, Vo. 33: 7, pp729-737.
Kossek, E., Kalliath, T. & Kalliath, P. (2012) 'Achieving employee wellbeing in a changing work environment' International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 33: 7, pp. 738-753.
Kalliath, P., Hughes, M. & Newcombe, P. (2012) 'When work and family are in conflict' Australian Social Work, Vol. 65: 3, pp. 355-371.

Dr Jean Burke

Jean is interested in the areas of HIV, networks, stigma, media analysis, social work and community development in Africa and with African Australians. Her research has informed and evaluated HIV-related programs in East Africa, including a national survey of Tanzanian pastors' knowledge, attitudes and practices in relation to HIV, a Community Needs Assessment for services to prevent HIV transmission to infants and news media analysis of AIDS metaphors. Her doctorate explored community involvement and factors affecting infant feeding decisions to prevent HIV. Her current focus is analysis of media portrayal of Africans with disabilities, particularly Albinism (albinos). 

Bindi Bennett

Recipient of the Indigenous Staff Research Scholarship, Bindi's PhD thesis is entitled "How is Aboriginal cultural identity developed, understood and experienced by young Aboriginal people with light skin colour, lack of kinship ties and community links?"

Professor Peter Camilleri

Peter's research interests are case management; suicidal behaviour; child protection; and recovery from natural disasters. 

Dr Mansura Dopico

Research interests include Family wellbeing and child welfare/child protection, mental health, family wellbeing, parent/child conflict, and family break downs of New Arrival African Families (Migrants and Refugees), cross-cultural and anti racist practice (welfare service delivery to CALD people), Female Genital Cutting (Sexual and Reproductive health of African women).

Dayle Foreman

Dayle's research interests are in cross-cultural and international social work research and practice. She is currently undertaking her PhD in the context of International social work. Dayle has produced publications for government, (Defence, Health and Child Protection), industry, community and undertaken university research. Dayle also taught social work research (WA).

Associate Professor Roslyn Hughes

Roslyn's interests lie in community development and support services for families particularly women and children. She has undertaken various research projects and developed programs for family and individual support.

Dr Parveen Kalliath

Parveen's research interests include stress and burnout, empowerment, and work-family balance among social workers. Her PhD examined work-family conflict and enrichment experiences of social workers in Australia.

Professor Maev O'Collins

Individual and multi-disciplinary research on youth and community development, domestic violence, peace and good order, social service delivery systems, and the social and environmental impact of development projects. Current research interests: 'Poverty and Inequality in the South Pacific', 'Refugees and Social Justice', 'Social Work in a multicultural context' and 'Spirituality and Social Work'. Maev has been involved in individual and multi-disciplinary research on youth and community development, domestic violence, peace and good order, poverty and inequality, social service delivery systems, and the social and environmental impact of development projects.

Helen Redfern

Health social work, chronic disease, ethics and clinical education.

Dr Joanna Zubrzycki

Research interests include social work practice with Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander people , cross-cultural practice with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, exploring work and family issues for social workers, the international construction and transferability of social work knowledge, feminist practice, teaching about the use of self in practice, teaching social work practice skills and social policy.

Tracey Harris

Research interests include professional practice and clinical supervision, professional supervision training and education, public and social policy practice skills in social work education, high performance and leadership, field education. Tracey has commenced her MPhil in the area of supervision training and education for best practice.

Wendy Rollins

Wendy's extensive social work practice experience  has led to developing interest in the complex and multidimensional nature of the relationships social workers develop with family and children in practice, in order to achieve change. This is now the subject of her higher degree research. A second key research interest area to have emerged from her supervision practice experience is the way in which social workers and social work students develop reflective capacity as a key tool for effective practice.

Dr Miriam Stevenson

Miriam's research interests are in restorative justice programs, the well-being of young people in Out Of Home Care, intellectual disability and the development of person-centred forms of support in partnership with individuals, families and community groups.

The School of Allied Health proudly supports a number of higher degree students in Social Work.

Nicamil Sanchez

Nicamil K. Sanchez is a PhD candidate at our Canberra Campus.  He is a recipient of the prestigious Australian Leadership Awards which have enable him to pursue his PhD. He obtained his Social Work degree from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, a Masters in Public Management from the Development Academy of the Philippines, and then undertook postgraduate studies in Gerontology and Geriatrics from the University of Malta European Centre of Gerontology and Geriatrics and was an Academic Visitor at the University of Oxford's Institute of Ageing through a scholarship from Help the Aged. Nicamil is a member of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Students and a Student Representative to ERA and AASW.  Currently he is the National President of the ACU Postgraduate Association.

Project title is: "Journey toward Successful Ageing in the Philippines".  He is hoping that his dissertation could influence the development and enhancement of social welfare policy and programs for older persons in the Philippines that could be replicated in developing countries.  In addition, the research findings could also contribute to the wider literature of Gerontology, Social Work, and Successful Ageing.  

Supervisors
Professor Peter Camilleri
Dr Parveen Kalliath

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