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Professional education

  • Social Work is a profession that encourages continuous professional education. Staff at the Royal Children's Hospital Social Work department do this in a number of ways.

    Social Work student education

    The Social Work Department provides clinical placements for qualifying social work students. The Department has a Student Unit with The University of Melbourne, while also accommodating students from other schools of Social Work. Placements are arranged through university Field Placement Officers.

    The Social Work Department is unable to offer work experience or casual observation,  to secondary school students or students from other disciplines. However, we are more than happy to discuss the profession with these students.

    Webinars

    2020

    Social work’s response to COVID-19 in acute hospital services: This webinar takes an in-depth look at the impact of COVID-19 on acute services at RCH and other major hospitals that are participating in research with the University of Melbourne's Department of Social Work led by Professor Lynette Joubert and Associate Professor Ralph Hampson.  https://vimeo.com/467949775

    Recent conference presentations

    2019

    • Connolly, S., Nield, K., Stewart, H. Changing with the times: The processes, pitfalls, successes and surprises following service review and restructure in an Australian paediatric setting. 9th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, York, UK

        2017

        • Jordan B. Invited Plenary speaker. Innovation in Paediatric Social Work – Knowledge generation and knowledge translation. Health Social Work Director's Group Research Symposium. Melbourne.
        • Jordan B. Invited keynote speaker,  Feeding difficulties and disorders in infant and young children:An attachment-based perspective. Hong Kong Association for Infant Mental Health, Hong Kong. 
        • Jordan B, Sheehan J., Franich-Ray C., Little J., Anderson V., Cheung M.  The relationship between parent‐reported access and barriers to hospital based psycho‐social services and infant and family well‐being following neonatal cardiac surgery. Oral presentation. 4th International conference on Practice Research, Hong Kong. 
        • Jordan B, Sheehan J., Franich-Ray C., Little J., Anderson V., Cheung M: The relationships between social circumstances, maternal mental health and crying behaviour in infants following early cardiac surgery. Oral presentation. 13th International Infant Cry Workshop, Rovereto, Italy. 
        • Richards, A, Stalker, L, 'Preparing for the Worst: An interactive training programme to prepare on-call social workers'. 4th International Conference on Practice Research, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
        • Mongta, S, Watt, N. 'Nothing about us without us: Evaluating an outpatient clinic for Aboriginal paediatric patients.' International Conference on Practice Research, Hong Kong. 
        • Nield, K, Schultz, J. 'Complex medical decision-making for a 12 year old BMT patient: Whose voice is the loudest?' National Bioethics Conference, Melbourne. 
        • Pearce, F. ‘Keeping life normal when living with serious chronic illness in your children’. 15th National MPS and related diseases conference.
        • Pearce, F. ‘After the shock of diagnosis, complacency sets in.’ National Bioethics Conference, Melbourne. 
        • Wiggins, A, Mifsud, J,  Peleg, T, Reardon, N, Kevat, A, Harrison, J. 'Screening for Psychological Wellbeing in a Metropolitan Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Service. 12th Australasian Cystic Fibrosis Conference.

        2016

        • Jordan B. Chair and symposium organizer. Ghosts or Angels? Researchers in the nursery - psychoanalytic thinking and the research process. World Association for Infant Mental Health Congress, Prague. 
        • Ferguson,L, Hunt,R, Jordan,B “And so everyone’s on standby a little bit….. a bit nervous”: stress related to parenting a baby with oesophageal atresia. Oral presentation World Association for Infant Mental Health Congress, Prague. 
        • Jordan, B, Sheehan, J, Muscara, F., Douglas, T, Anderson, V., Massie, J. Dimensions of Emotional Availability in Parent- Child Relationships in a Cohort of Infants and Toddlers Living with Cystic Fibrosis.  Oral presentation World Association for Infant Mental Health Congress, Prague. 
        • Jordan B, Beijers R, Janssen I, McGauran M., Franich-Ray C, Cheung M, de Weerth C.  Does surgery for congenital heart disease in early infancy affect mother-child synchrony in cortisol physiology? Poster presentation. 20th International Congress on Infant Studies, New Orleans
        • McGauran, M., Jordan B., Beijers R., de Weerth C., Janssen I., Franich Ray C., Cheung M
        • Jordan, B. Altered cortisol regulation and reactivity in pre-school aged children who had surgery early in life for congenital heart disease. Poster presentation. European Society of Paediatric Cardiology, Rome

        2015

        • Ashford, A, Jordan, B.,  Camilleri D.,  kennedy, A., Saffingna M , Changing the life chances for vulnerable babies and toddlers: investing differently and more effectively. ' Early Childhood Education Conference, Melbourne.
        • Jordan B. Invited Plenary speaker. “Interruptions and perturbations: the impact of critical illness and other life experiences on infant emotional and behavioural regulation and their relationships”. Playgroups Victoria State Conference, Melbourne.

          Jordan B Invited Plenary speaker  “Interruptions and perturbations: the impact of critical illness and other life experiences on infant emotional and behavioural regulation and their relationships”.  Goulbourn Valley Child First Alliance, The Next Generation Conference, Shepparton.
        • Jordan B. Invited Plenary speaker.  “Improving lifetime trajectories for vulnerable young children and families living with significant stress and social disadvantage: the Early Years Education Program randomised controlled trial. ARACY Longitudinal Studies Network Day seminar.  Attachment: What matters, what works and what translates? Melbourne

        • Pearce, F. 'Reflections….A Support System that may have lost it’s way’. National Bioethics Conference, Melbourne.
        • Hogan, D, Maughan K, Mutton H. 'Am I vulnerable enough?' National Bioethics Conference, Melbourne.

        2014

        • Jordan, B. 'A Bridge Too Far? Social Work and scientific institutions'. Oral presentation at the Third International Conference on Practice Research, New York City, USA.
        • Symeonides  C, Vuillermin, P,  Anderson, V, Lewis, A, Jordan, B; Ponsonby, A, 'Emotional & behavioural regulation in the first year of life: what does this mean as a predictor of early childhood mental health; preliminary analysis of early data from the Barwon Infant Study', Poster presentation 14th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Edinburgh, UK.
        • Franich-Ray, C., Bright, M., Anderson, V., Northam, E., Cochrane, A. & Menahem, S. & Jordan, B  'Parents of infants with congenital heart disease- depression and anxiety one month and one year Post discharge from hospital following their infant's surgery' Poster presentation 14th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Edinburgh, UK
        • Lloyd-coombs N  & JordanB, 'Ensuring the voices of highly vulnerable infants and their parents are represented in the infant mental health evidence: why do overburdened parents and their infants engage with and stay engaged in research?' Oral presentation at 14th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Edinburgh, UK.
        • Jordan, B. Convenor and Chair of Symposium "From therapeutic alliance to research alliance: High-risk infants, their parents and the research relationship' at the 14th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Edinburgh, UK.
        • Jordan, B. Convenor and Chair of Symposium "From therapeutic alliance to research alliance: High-risk infants, their parents and the research relationship' at the 14th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Edinburgh, UK.
        • Jordan B, Said I & Oakley E., ' Infant crying and feeding problems presented to a tertiary paediatric hospital  Emergency department' Poster presentation at the  12th International Infant Cry Workshop, University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
        • Robyn Clark*, 'From knowledge to "know-how": Supporting responsiveness and resilience in bereavement practice'.Australian Grief and Bereavement Conference, Melbourne, March 2014.
        • Nicola Watt* 'What do you say to someone when their child has just died? Identifying training needs of Social Workers providing bereavement care in a paediatric hospital.' Australian Grief and Bereavement Conference. Melbourne, March 2014.
        • Angela Richards*, Helen Stewart*, Dr. Clare Delany "What is the Doctor saying? What are the parents hearing?: Insights from social work dilemmas in paediatric oncology". Body in Mind Psychiatry Conference, Melbourne, March 2014.

        2013

        • S. Connolly*, K. Maywood, T. McClellan. "Assessing Family Violence in a Paediatric Hospital: findings from practice based research".  Health Social Work Directors' Group Research Symposium, Melbourne, October 2013.
        • Eszter Perenyi*. "I have a voice too!' Listening to children in a paediatric hospital". 7th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Los Angeles, June 2013. 
        • Sarah Connolly*. "Improving services to children at risk: innovative workplace based education in an acute paediatric setting".  7th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Los Angeles, June 2013. 
        • Sarah Connolly & Leanne Foster*. "Ready, Set, Move - Leading Change Management for Social Workers during a Major Paediatric Hospital Relocation". 7th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Los Angeles, June 2013.   
        • Alys Manguy*. "The impact of social context on acute trauma care: considering the case of paediatric transport accident survivors". 7th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Los Angeles, June 2013. 
        • Brigid Jordan*. "Advances in medical technology, toxic stress in early childhood and the role of paediatric social work". 7th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Los Angeles, June 2013.
        • Brigid Jordan*. "Maternal and infant distress in presentations to the Emergency Department of a quaternary paediatric hospital". 7th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Los Angeles, June 2013. 
        • Brigid Jordan* "Measuring outcomes in other paediatric health populations".  PROMIS Workshop, Australian and New Zealand Children's Haematology Oncology Group (ANZCHOG) 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting, Melbourne May 31 to June 2, 2013.
        • Brigid Jordan* "Infants and hospitalisation from an infant mental health perspective".  Invited Plenary Speaker at the Australian and New Zealand Children's Haematology Oncology Group (ANZCHOG) 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting, May 31 to June 2, 2013.

        2012

        • Brigid Jordan*. Invited Keynote Address "Childhood in the 21st Century: Advances in medical technology, toxic stress in early childhood and the role of paediatric social work". Social Work and Children in the 21st Century Conference, Brisbane, November 2012.
        • Lisa Bolger, Trish Mundy, Brigid Jordan*. "The Social/Emotional Health of Two Groups of Vulnerable Infants". (QEC Conference 2012 - Connecting with Families: Through Community, Culture and Collaboration, Melbourne, November 2012.
        • Candice Franich-Ray, Vicki Anderson, Samuel Menahem, Elisabeth Northam, Andrew Cochrane, Brigid Jordan*. "What do parents report feeling when they are told their baby has a serious heart condition?" QEC Conference 2012 - Connecting with Families: Through Community, Culture and Collaboration, Melbourne, November 2012.
        • Nichola Coombs, Jeff Borland, Janet Williams-Smith, Brigid Jordan*. "Creating Infant Mental Health Informed Childcare and Evaluating its Impact: The Early Years Education Research Project (EYERP)". QEC Conference 2012 - Connecting with Families: Through Community, Culture and Collaboration, Melbourne, November 2012.
        • Clare Delaney, Helen Stewart, Angela Richards*. "What is the Doctor saying? What are the parents hearing? Insights from social work dilemmas in paediatric oncology." Joint Meeting of IPOS 14th World Congress and COSA's 39th Annual Scientific Meeting, Brisbane, November 2012.
        • Jeanette Conrick*. "Adopted Women as Mothers: the preliminary findings of a PhD research study". 10th Australian Adoption Conference, Melbourne, October 2012.
        • Sarah Connolly*. "Responding to vulnerable children in hospital: Delivering ongoing education and training to paediatric social workers". 12th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, July 2012. (Poster Presentation).
        • Lyndal Hickey*. "Family Intervention following Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury". Social Work Trauma Symposium, Melbourne, July 2012.
        • Clare Delaney, Helen Stewart, Angela Richards*. "Ethics and Communication in Paediatric Oncology-based Social Work Practice". Allied Health Victorian CCC Cancer Care Symposium, Melbourne, May 2012.
        • Brigid Jordan*. Convenor and Chair of Symposium titled: "From psychotherapy in the kitchen to psychotherapy in the creche: Psychoanalysis, social vulnerability and randomised trials". World Association for Infant Mental Health 13th World Congress, South Africa, April 2012.
        • Natalie Beattie, Lynette Joubert, Brigid Jordan*. "The Experience of Fathers in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit". World Association for Infant Mental Health 13th World Congress, South Africa, April 2012. (Poster Presentation)
        • Brigid Jordan*, Candice Franich-Ray, Vicki Anderson, Elisabeth Northam, Andrew Cochrane, Samuel Menahem. "Crying behaviour in babies who have undergone neonatal cardiac surgery". World Association for Infant Mental Health 13th World Congress, South Africa, April 2012. (Poster Presentation)
        • Candice Franich-Ray, Vicki Anderson, Samuel Menahem, Elisabeth Northam, Andrew Cochrane, Brigid Jordan*. Hearing your baby has a heart condition: What do parents report feeling when they are told. World Association for Infant Mental Health 13th World Congress, South Africa, April 2012.
        • Brigid Jordan*, Candice Franich-Ray, Vicki Anderson, Elisabeth Northam, Andrew Cochrane, Samuel Menahem. "Characteristics of mother-infant relationships following neonatal cardiac surgery". Federation of Asian and Oceania Perinatal Societies and Perintal Society Australia and New Zealand 16th Annual Congress, Sydney, March 2012.
        • Nicola Watt*, Elizabeth Loughlin. "We're not alone" - An evaluation of a Parent-Infant Education group". Building Bridges - 2nd Asia Pacific Prader-Willi Syndrome Conference, Sydney, March 2012.

        2011

        • Sarah Connolly*. "Working with vulnerable children - ongoing education and training for hospital social work staff". Dept of Health Vulnerable Children Forum, Melbourne, 2011. (Poster Presentation)
        • Jeanette Conrick*. "The Mental Health Experiences of Adopted Women as they become Mothers: findings from a pilot study". AASW Mental Health Conference, Melbourne, October 2011.
        • Brigid Jordan*, Candice Franich-Ray, Vicki Anderson, Elisabeth Northam, Andrew Cochrane, Samuel Menahem. "Crying behaviour of infants who participated in cohort study on the impact of neonatal cardiac surgery on infants and their families". International Cry Research Conference, The Netherlands, June 2011.
        • Brigid Jordan*, Candice Franich-Ray, Vicki Anderson, Elisabeth Northam, Andrew Cochrane, Samuel Menahem. "Predictors of Mother Infant bonding difficulties in infants who have cardiac surgery". Australian Association for Infant Mental Health & Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists National Conference, Perth, May 2011.
        • Bronwyn McFadyen, Louise Harms, Louise Johnston, Peter Anderson, Nadia Badawi, Cheryl Evans, Rod Hunt, Brigid Jordan*, Kaye Spence. Exploring the impact factor of family care-giving following neonatal surgery: Caring for infants with surgically correctable congenital anomalies of the abdomen and airways. Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ 2011), 15th Annual Congress, Hobart, April 2011. (Poster Presentation)

        2010

        • Brigid Jordan*. Keynote Address "When psyche and soma collide: the impact of neonatal illness on infant emotional development and the infant parent relationship". Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Annual Conference, Gold Coast, August 2010.
        • Sarah Connolly*. "Everyone's business:  developing an integrated model of care to respond to child abuse in a paediatric hospital setting". 6th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Dublin, June 2010.
        • Sarah Connolly*. "From devastation to rebuilding: Case vignette following the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Disaster". 6th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Dublin, June 2010.
        • Jeanette Conrick*, Julie Langdon. "Marrying Brief Therapy with Traditional Psychosocial  Assessment in a Paediatric Emergency Department". 6th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Dublin, June 2010.
        • Jeanette Conrick*. "The Mental Health Experiences of Adopted Women as They Become Mothers: Findings from a Pilot Study". 6th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Dublin, June 2010.
        • Candice Franich-Ray, Brigid Jordan*, Vicki Anderson, Elisabeth Northam, Andrew Cochrane, Samuel Menahem. "Trauma reactions in parents of infants who have had cardiac surgery - is there a relationship with their infant's development?". World Association for Infant Mental Health 12th World Congress, Leipzig (Germany), June 2010.
        • Brigid Jordan*. Convenor of Symposium titled: "Whose Rights count? Negotiating practice, policy and legal dilemmas regarding infant parent contact when infants are in out of home care". World Association for Infant Mental Health 12th World Congress, Germany, June 2010.
        • Brigid Jordan* and Robyn Sketchley. "The contribution of infant mental health to a public health model for the prevention of abuse and neglect of infants". World Association for Infant Mental Health 12th World Congress, Germany, June 2010.
        • Bridie Keating, Lyndal Hickey*, Meisha Clark, Louise Harms. "The Impact Of Caring For A Child With An Acquired Brain Injury On Care-Giving Members Of A Family". 8th World Congress on Brain Injury, Washington DC, March 2010. (Poster Presentation)


        * Key Social Work Department contact for the project

        Publications 

        2020

            • Connolly, S. “Paediatric social work during COVID-19: The Melbourne experience”. Social Work Focus. Summer 2020-21 Vol. 

            • Manguy, A.-M., Joubert, L., Oakley, E., & Gordon, R.  Using existing data to explore practice issues and improve service responses: Application of Clinical Data Mining (CDM) methodology in a health care context. In L. Joubert & M. Webber (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Practice Research
              (1st ed.). Routledge.
               
            • Manguy, A.-M., Oakley, E., Gordon, R. & Joubert, L.  Acute psychosocial care of families in paediatric resuscitation settings: Variables associated with parent emotional response. Australasian Emergency Care, in press.

            • Southwell, J. “High risk family violence and COVID-19: Paediatric hospital social workers’ reflections on Victorian Lockdowns, information sharing and firearms”. Social Work Focus. Summer 2020-21 Vol. 5 Issue 4.

            2018

            • Manguy, A.-M., Joubert, L., Oakley, E., & Gordon, R. Psychosocial care models for families of critically ill children in pediatric emergecy department settings: A scoping review. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 38(1), 46-52.  

            2017

            •  Marie Manguy, A, Joubert, L, Oakley, E, Gordon, R. (2017) "Psychosocial Care Models for Families of Critically Ill Children in Pediatric Emergency Department Settings: A Scoping Review. 


             2016

            • Connolly, S. Working with Vulnerable Children in the paediatric hospital environment: approaches to continuing professional education". Social Work Focus, Autumn 2016, 1(1).

            • Manguy, A.-M., Joubert, L., & Bansemer, L. Psychosocial service needs of pediatric transport accident survivors: Using clinical data-mining to establish demographic and service usage characteristics. Social Work in Health Care, 55(8), 595-613.  

            • Stewart, H., Clark, R.  "The active witness: Social work care of children and families at the time of child death". Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement, Vol 18, No.3, Summer 2015: 64-67 

            2015

            • Douglas T, Jordan B, Priddis L , Anderson V,  Sheehan J, Kane R, Massie J, , Branch Smith, C ,Shields L., Protocol for a study of the psychosocial determinants of health in early childhood amongst children with cystic fibrosis. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Early view online published 10 Feb 2015

            • Kosta L, Harms L., Franich-Ray C., Northam E, Cochrane A, Menahem S., Jordan B"Parental Experiences of their Infant's Hospitalization for Cardiac Surgery" Child Care Health &Development. Early view published online 4 Feb 2015.

            2014

            • Ronda Johns*  (PhD Thesis)  "Conceptualising Child Neglect To Inform Practice In Family Services Agencies".
            • Jordan, B*., Franich-Ray, C., Albert, N., Anderson, V., Northam, E., Cochrane, A., & Menahem, S. "Early Mother-Infant Relationships after Cardiac Surgery in Infancy", Archives of Disease in Childhood. Published Online First: 17 March 2014
            • Jordan B,  TsengYP,  CoombsN,  KennedyA, and  BorlandJ, "Improving lifetime trajectories for vulnerable young children and families living with significant stress and social disadvantage: the early years education program randomised controlled trial" BMC Public Health, 14(1): 965.

            2013

            • Jordan, B*., Franich-Ray, C., Albert, N., Anderson, V., Northam, E., Cochrane, A. & Menahem, S. "Maternal Report of Infant emotional well-being following their Infant's Hospitalisation for neonatal cardiac surgery". Infant Mental Health Journal, 34(4), 259-266.
            • Bright, M., Franich-Ray, C., Anderson, V., Northam, E., Cochrane, A., Menahem, S., & Jordan, B*. "Infant cardiac surgery and the father-infant relationship: Feelings of strength, strain, and caution", Early Human Development, 89(8), 593-599.
            • Franich-Ray, C., Bright, M., Anderson, V., Northam, E., Cochrane, A., Menahem, S., & Jordan, B*. "Trauma Reactions in Mothers and Fathers following their Infant's Cardiac Surgery", Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38(5), 494-505.
            • Miron, D., Bissaillon, C. Jordan, B., Bryce, G., Gauthier, Y., St-Andre, M., Minnis, H. (2013). Whose rights count?  Negotiating practice, policy and legal dilemmas regarding infant-parent contact when infants are in out-of-home care. Infant Mental Health Journal, 34(2), 177-188.
            • Stock, A., Chin, L., Babl, FE., Bevan, C., Donath, S., Jordan, B. (2013). Postnatal depression in mothers bringing infants to the emergency department. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 98(1), 36-40.

            2012

            • Connolly, S. (2012). Everyone's Business: Developing an Integrated Model of Care to Respond to Child Abuse. Social Work in Health Care, 51(1), 26-52.
            • Jordan, B. (2012). Therapeutic Play within infant-parent psychotherapy and the treatment of infant feeding disorders. Infant Mental Health Journal, 33(3), 307-313.

            2011

            • Fisher, J., Rowe, H., Hiscock, H., & Jordan, B., Bayer J., Colohan A., Amery V. (2011).    Understanding and Responding to Unsettled Infant Behaviour. A Discussion Paper for the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth. Available from: http://www.aracy.org.au/publications-resources/command/download_file/id/158/filename/Understanding_and_responding_to_unsettled_infant_behaviour.pdf
            • Jordan, B. (2011). Focusing the lens: The infant's point of view. Discussion of "Brief interventions with parents, infants, and young children: A Framework for thinking". Infant Mental Health Journal, 32(6), 687-693.
            • Jordan, B., Sketchley, R., Bromfield, L., Antcliff, L. & Lamont, A. (2011). Practice Guide 2: Infants at Risk of Abuse and Neglect. The Benevolent Society, Sydney, NSW.
            • Hill, A., Jordan, B., Coombs, N., Williams-Smith, J. and Borland, J. (2011). Changing life trajectories: the early years education research project. Insights, Melbourne Business and Economics, 10, 19-25. Available from: http://insights.unimelb.edu.au/vol10/03_Hill_Borland.html
            • O'Callaghan, C., & Jordan, B. (2011). 'Music therapy supports parent-infant attachments touched by life threatening cancer'. In J. Edwards (Ed.), Music Therapy and Parent-Infant Bonding (pp. 191-208). Publisher: Oxford University Press.

            2010

            • Conrick, J., & Brown, T. (2010). Adopted women become parents: A pilot study. Children Australia, 35(4), 31-36.
            • Jordan, B., Sketchley, R., Bromfield, L. and Miller, R. (2010). Infants and their Families. Best Interest Case Practice Model Specialist Practice Resource. Victorian Government Department of Human Services, Melbourne, Australia.


            Celebrating our history: Kath Dawe memorial lecture

            The Royal Children's Hospital Social Work department has hosted a number of Kath Dawe Memorial Lectures.

            Miss Kath Dawe was the head of the Social Work Department at the Royal Children's Hospital from 1962 to 1976. She left a legacy of innovation in many areas of hospital social work, however she will best be remembered for her outstanding contribution to the conceptualisation of the issues of child abuse.

            Her death in 1999 led past and present social workers at RCH, and her colleagues in the broader social work community to reflect on the contribution she had made.  To honour her memory a series of lectures were given by distinguished social workers from 2000-2012.

            Past Lectures:

            • 2012  "Parents and end-of-life decision making: narratives of relationships and responsibilities", Jane Sullivan, PhD Candidate, Centre for Health and Society and Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne.
            • 2008  "Beyond the Chaos: Working with children and their families after traumatic events", Professor Grace Christ, School of Social Work, Columbia University New York
            • 2006  "Research into action: Collaborating with women and children to improve practice in responding to family violence", Professor Cathy Humphreys, Alfred Felton Professor,  Child and Family Welfare, The University of Melbourne
            • 2004  "Inspiration and innovation in the development of child abuse prevention: a practitioner speaks", Janet Dean, Community Infant Program, Boulder Colorado.
            • 2002  "Everyday terrorism: Domestic Violence and its affects on children", Assistant Professor Virginia Walther, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York
            • 2000  "Looking Back to see ahead: enduring insights and emerging understandings in relation to vulnerable children and their families", Associate Professor Dorothy Scott, School of Social Work, The University of Melbourne