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Bill Healy (1941 - )

Bill Healy circa 1980s

Growing up in a working class family with a strong commitment to the need for social change is one of the forces that Bill names as pushing him towards a career in social work. A second motivator was his failure of first year science at The University of Melbourne, followed by the realization that he was far more interested in psychology and the humanities than he was in a science degree. In 1962 he began working in the Victorian Government’s Social Welfare Branch of the Chief Secretary’s Department, and in the same year enrolled in the first year of his Diploma in Social Studies at The University of Melbourne. He completed this qualification in 1964 while employed as a social worker in the Probation and Parole Division.

Mental health was his real area of interest, and in 1968 he moved from Probation and Parole to Travancore Developmental Centre. Travancore was being established as a new day and residential centre for disturbed children and their families where individual service planning was being pioneered. After three years at Travancore Bill moved to a Senior Social Worker position at Parkville Psychiatric Unit, followed by a period at Melville Clinic. Finally in 1975 he moved to the Department of Social Work at The University of Melbourne, followed in 1980 by an appointment at La Trobe University, where he was Head of the Graduate School of Social Work at the time of the interview in August 1996.

Transcript of Interview


Audio of Interview

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