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Margaret is now Professor of Social Work and Head of Department at Monash University, after a long career in social work education in rural Australia. She is a well known public commentator and has opened up many significant environmental issues — climate, water, and rural social change to social work analysis. She has consulted to international UN bodies in these fields and particularly from the perspective of gender politics.
Margaret is also the present Chair of ACHSSW (Australian Council of Heads of Schools of Social Work), a role she has held for four years. Margaret holds a PhD from the University of NSW, a Masters of Education and her social work degree from the University of Sydney. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2010. #margaret-alston
Chris Bigby has been Editor of Australian Social Work, the AASW journal, since 2005 and has led the journal to its standing as an A in ERA rankings. She is an internationally renowned social work researcher in the field of disability, especially intellectual disability.
At LaTrobe University School of Social Work and Social Policy she has directed postgraduate and undergraduate programs and developed specialisations in social work and disability. She is a member of several editorial boards. She is described by colleagues as a ‘tenacious advocate’ for people with intellectual disability.
Chris holds a PhD, MSW from the University of Melbourne and a BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies from Bradford University in the UK.
Robert Bland holds the Foundation Queensland Health Chair of Mental Health at the University of Queensland. Social workers as well as people and families with a mental illness know him as a long term advocate and supporter; first in clinical practice for 17 years, then for 25 years in academia. Robert has also been Professor and Head of School of Social Work at the University of Tasmania.
Robert’s work within mental health social work to establish practice standards and indicators of competence has been vital in establishing mental health as the first subspecialty within the College. His engagement ‘with heart and spirit’ on behalf of people with mental illness and their families has been consistent and he is regarded as a pioneer and foremost authority in Australian mental health.
Robert holds a social work degree with first class honours, an MSW and a PhD from the University of Queensland. He was awarded a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006.
Allan Borowski is one of Australia’s foremost social researchers, a significant contributor in aged care and retirement incomes, juvenile justice and immigration.
Since 2000, he has been Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University, but he has held professorial appointments at The University of NSW and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He has also held senior government research/policy appointments in Australia, Indonesia and Canada and visiting professorial appointments in Macau (China), Jerusalem, Melbourne (Monash), Jonkpong (Sweden), Calgary, Hong Kong and Melbourne.
His work for the AASW has included reviewing numerous social work education degrees through chairing accreditation panels. He is currently a member of the AASW’s national Research Committee. He has published extensively internationally and nationally and participated in many policy development exercises most recently with the Productivity Commission’s report on Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators. He has recently published a review of the Children’s Indigenous (Koori) Court of Victoria and holds two current competitive grants.
He is Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, the Gerontological Society of America and the Australian Association of Gerontology. He is also a member of the Criminology Research Council’s Research Panel.
Joe Calleja's outstanding contribution to the AASW has been advocacy for the creation of the Australian College of Social Work, achieved after a 17 year process. He has been National Vice President on two occasions and Chair of the Implementation Group for the ACSW. In 2011 the Board appointed him the first Life Fellow of the ACSW because of his meritorious and outstanding service to the College.
As a past WA Branch President, Joe has been active in the WA community and community sector through social work education (on statutory practice); in social policy and administration (on peak bodies, national and state) and in grassroots NGOs. As Principal Social Worker, Family and Children Services in the WA statutory child protection service, he supported the development of frameworks for good practice and professional development.
Joe has been described by colleagues as 'a driver of change and innovation in every workplace in which he has been employed'. He is currently CEO of the Richmond Fellowship of WA. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts (University of WA) and Graduate Diploma in Public Policy (Murdoch University).
Lesley Chenoweth is one of Australia’s leading social work and disability scholars working at the intersections of social policy, social work and human service practice and social inclusion focussing on disability, child protection and rural communities.
She is currently Principal Investigator on an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 1000voices an international project gathering life narratives of people with disabilities in 10 countries, a national project on homelessness and impaired decision making capacity.
She has published widely in Australia and internationally and regularly presents her work at national and international conferences. She is frequently asked to advise Federal and State government agencies, drawing on her considerable experience in policy, programs and practice.
In addition, she has had visiting fellowships to Japanese, Canadian and Australian Universities. Has an established reputation for working across disciplines, and in mentoring early career researchers. Lesley has a record of successfully completing high quality postgraduate students on time - evident from their own subsequent successful career development, and publication records.
Christine Fejo-King is an Aboriginal woman from the Northern Territory. Her mother is a Warumungu woman from Tennant Creek and her father was a Larrakia man from Darwin. She now lives in the Australian Capital Territory and is self-employed.
She has worked for Reconciliation Australia where she was responsible to oversight of final versions of Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) for Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments, all schools and universities, peak bodies, and community organisations.
Christine has been involved in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activism as a social worker for many years, having supported: the establishment of the Aboriginal Child Care Agency (Karu) in the Northern Territory as well as SNAICC, and the Stolen Generation Alliance. She is the Chairperson of the National Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Workers Association, was heavily involved in the background work with regard to the recent Apology to the Stolen Generations. A ‘proud and passionate social worker’, she mentors other Indigenous social workers and students.
She is concluding her PhD on the Aboriginal Kinship System and holds a Community Development Certificate from the South Australian Institute of Technology (now University of South Australia) a Bachelor of Social Work from the Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University) and is currently in the process of completing a PhD through the Australian Catholic University. Her topic is, ‘The Aboriginal Kinship System: Informing Social work theory and practice in Australia’.
Carmel is a social worker who has specialised in family therapy practice. She is an Associate Professor and social work educator at the University of NSW, as well as a counsellor and clinical supervisor. Her internationally recognised work has seen her awarded an honorary doctorate by the Tavistock Clinic, London and the University of East London, for her contribution to systemic family therapy theory and practice. She has also received an award for Distinguished Contributions to Australian Family Therapy by the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy.
Carmel has advocated for postgraduate qualifications for social workers in counselling and family therapy masters degrees and consistently reaffirms the centrality of advanced practice in social work counselling. Her own research on the therapeutic relationship and on knowledge in family therapy has led her to accentuate the possibilities of change, the practitioner’s reflective use of self, and the importance of a strong two-way relationship between knowledge and everyday practice.
Apart from her honorary doctorate, Carmel holds a research MA Honours degree in philosophy and a first class honours social work degree from the University of Queensland.
Richard Hugman came to Australia from the UK in 1995, where he was one of the first social workers to undertake a PhD. He led the Social Work department at Edith Cowan and was Head of School at Curtin University (in WA). Currently at the University of NSW, he has been Head of School and subsequently helped to ensure that Social Work is a major disciplinary group in the combined School of Social Sciences as well as in the leading group for social work research in the 2011 Commonwealth Government’s national assessment process. He has edited British Journal of Social Work and Australian Journal of Social Issues.
As a practitioner Richard is a generalist, having worked in community services, mental health, aged care and social development. He continues to be involved in local and overseas development work.
Richard has been a member of the AASW National Ethics Committee. He has been a member of the International Federation of Social Workers permanent committee on ethics since 2004 and was part of the group that wrote the present international statement of social work ethics. He has been chair of the committee since 2008.
Donna McAuliffe is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University. She is best known in social work for her expertise in professional ethics, her role in redeveloping the ethics framework for the AASW, and as convenor of the review process that resulted in the AASW Code of Ethics (2010). She is part of an international social work ethics network, and reviews for a number of journals in this area.
Donna is also a committed social work educator with a broad practice background in mental health, legal social work and community development, and through her research is particularly interested in ethical decision-making and ethical issues in rural and remote practice. She has been a contributor to the AASW Queensland Branch and National Committees over many years and has been described by colleagues as 'a consummate professional who gives a considerable amount of time, skill and expertise to ensure a high quality result'.
Donna holds a Bachelor of Social Work (1st Class Hons), a Graduate Certificate in Social Research, and a PhD from the University of Queensland.
Sharon McCallum spent the early part of her career in statutory child protection before teaching full time in higher education. She has worked solely as a private practitioner from 2000.
Within her company, Sharon McCallum & Assoc Pty Ltd, Sharon undertakes program design, development, implementation and evaluation services largely in the fields of child protection, family violence, sexual assault and family support for government and non-government. Through her business entity, Raising Standards, Sharon delivers services to the Church and corporate sectors in the areas of ethical and professional standards, governance, and conflict and change management. Sharon has done extensive work with Indigenous organisations and has delivered services in other countries.
She works with organisations to find solutions to problems. In all her work Sharon strives for partnership based on respect and integrity. She aims to ensure that her interventions are theoretically sound and practical in application. Her PhD was undertaken in Canada after completing a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work at JCU, and is currently studying in the Master of Business Administration – Master of Dispute Resolution program. She also has several other qualifications in the areas of investigations and governance.
Pauline Meemeduma has always been a practitioner, even when holding senior academic appointments. She has contributed to the development of social work in rural Australia and in South East Asia and Papua New Guinea through work on children’s development and children’s protection; through social work education and service development and planning.
Pauline has worked across Australia, from Far North Queensland to South West Western Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Social Studies from Sydney University, a Masters of Social Work from the University of NSW and a Doctorate in Social Work from the Howard University in Washington DC.
As Director of Uniting Care, Burnside North, Linda Mondy practices in senior management (with special responsibilities for compliance and quality) in community development, foster care and child protection. After migrating from the UK in 1987 with a CQSW, Linda undertook a Masters of Social Work by Research at Newcastle University and became an AASW mentor. She introduced the ‘Newpin’ project to Australia and subsequently undertook a Churchill Fellowship on this.
Active in NSW Branch AASW affairs, Linda has been an innovator in practice. Her professional development updating has included leadership training at Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. Her colleagues say ‘for forty years Linda has determinedly committed herself to excellence within the profession, both in the UK and Australia. She personifies quiet determination to affirming rights and best practice in enabling self determination as opposed to dependency’.
Peter Munn is CEO of Centacare Catholic Family Services Diocese of Port Pirie and Adjunct Associate Professor, Centre for Regional Engagement, University of South Australia. During 34 years in rural social work he has been counsellor, educator, researcher, community builder and activist, senior manager and leader. In his present job he promotes the employment of social workers and the development of Aboriginal colleagues.
Peter has been deeply committed to rural social work practice as an activity and specialism for many years. He considers as a profession, that social work has a huge amount to contribute to rural communities and has articulated this in his management of a rural agency, in research and writing and his own personal commitments beyond his work.
Peter Munn holds a PhD from the University of SA, a Masters in Educational Administration, a Bachelor of Economics. His social work degree is from Flinders University.
Tom O’Brien is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist in practice in Brisbane. He has been particularly interested in practice in the public sector for children and young people’s mental health. As well as teaching social work programs in mental health for undergraduates and postgraduates in Brisbane and regional centres, he is a past President of two national organisations; the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association of Australia and the Australian Association of Group Psychotherapists.
A social work graduate from the University of Queensland and a practising psychotherapist who trained with the British Association of Psychotherapists, Tom is an experienced clinician and supervisor. His colleagues say that ‘he has a demonstrated commitment to professional excellence, educational achievement and the sharing of knowledge in the social work profession and the wider professional community’.
Elizabeth Ozanne, as a longstanding member of the staff of the Department of Social Work at the University of Melbourne has contributed to the lives of older people, to social work education and the AASW (Victorian Branch).
She currently researches elder abuse; new models of aged care, new technologies and ageing and risk, social inclusion and later life. She is a former Head of School for Social Work at Melbourne University, a Board member on community organisations and a committee member of the AASW.
Her colleagues say ‘Elizabeth has made an outstanding contribution in the fields of gerontological social work, ageing and organisational administration through her teaching, publications and research activities’.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Social Studies, from the University of Melbourne, an MA (Sociology), MSW and PhD from the University of Michigan.
Kerryn Pennell is the Director of Strategy and Development, at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and a Senior Fellow in the Centre for Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne, in Melbourne Australia. For 25+ years Kerryn has worked to design & advocate for solutions so young people across Australia and around the world can enjoy optimal mental health. She has done this through a myriad of clinical and leadership roles. This has included as a Founding Member of the International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA), where she served as Treasurer and Secretary and currently as a Founding Member and Treasurer of the International Association for Youth Mental health (IAYMH).
She has in particular played a pivotal role in developing models of care and system responses to early psychosis and youth mental health. Her work in the promotion of the participation and engagement of young people with a lived experience in all aspects of the work on mental health systems is internationally regarded.
Kerryn also continues to contribute professionally through roles on a number of national and international committees / boards aimed at promoting excellence in practice and system change. Currently she is Deputy Convenor of the Australian College of Social Work’s Steering Committee. Kerryn’s other major interests have been in professional standards and ethics, until December 2017 she chaired the AASW National Ethics Panel stepping down after 11 years, she has also been the Convenor of the AASW National Regulation of Social Work Committee and a Director of the Medical Radiation Practitioners Board of Victoria.
She has continuously volunteered for roles in the AASW and has also supervised, mentored and coached. Her colleagues describe her as ‘a superb, academically informed, social engaged professional social worker who never loses sight of the central mission of social work, to assist the most vulnerable and attempt to change society to benefit all its members’.
Kerryn was a Scholar in the Leadership Enhancement in Health Care and Social Work Management Program at Mount Sinai Medical Centre in NYC and a recipient of a Creswick Foundation Fellowship and a Scholarship from Ramsey Health Care. Kerryn holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of South Australia and has commenced a Masters of Social Work at LaTrobe University.
Grahame Simpson has worked continuously in the field of traumatic brain injury and rehabilitation for 25 years as clinical social worker, social work team leader, research officer and senior research fellow. He is the leading social work authority in the field; has developed innovative practice models that address complex areas of post-injury psychosocial adjustment, has developed new assessment procedures and measures and introduced resilience into this field. His work involves extensive collaboration with and mentoring of social work practitioners in undertaking research. He is member of the Editorial Board of Australian Social Work and the AASW National Research Committee. He is an honorary senior lecturer at Sydney University Faculty of Education and Social Work.
Grahame Simpson holds a Bachelor of Social Studies from Sydney University, an MA in Counselling from Macquarie University and a PhD from the University of Sydney. He is also a registered psychologist (Psychology Board of Australia).
Ingrid Wagner is an accredited mental health social worker from Brisbane and is Clinical Academic Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology School of Social Work and Human Services, (a post funded by the Queensland Health Office of Research). She improves the research capacity of social work and others through research and training in evidence-based family interventions.
As Principal/Director of Social Work at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Ingrid developed evidence-based family therapy as a social work practice specialty, as well as an anorexia nervosa clinic.
Active in continuing professional education and the Queensland Branch, Ingrid holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Arts, Master of Public Health, and a PhD, all from the University of Queensland.
Jill Wilson is the UnitingCare Professor, Social Policy and Research at the University of Queensland. Throughout her career of 45 years, her consistent interests have been social work in the contexts of ageing and intellectual disability. She has also taken a particular interest in the preparation of social work students through field education and she has been a consistent contributor to social work education. She has been Chair of a large NGO Board offering health and welfare support services across Queensland.
She currently works predominately in research and research training and the development of research capacity in a large human service organisation. Jill is the current president of AASWWE, a member of the AASW Ethics Panel and a reviewer for social work programs with the AASW
Jill holds Bachelor of Social Studies, Master of Social Work and a PhD from the University of Queensland. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2004.