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Podcast episode 25: from female naval commander to mental health social worker- a conversation with Suzanne Smith

From humble beginnings in the Royal Australian Navy, Suzanne Smith rose to a number of Naval Base leadership roles, being the Commanding Officer of HMAS Harman,  the Commanding Officer of HMAS Penguin, and Officer in Charge of the Royal Australian … Continue reading

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Podcast episode 24: working with interpreters – a conversation with researcher and anthropologist, Hilde Fiva Buzungu

Hilde Fiva Buzungu is both an anthropologist and an interpreter.  She is currently in Australia as a visiting PhD Research Fellow from Norway, writing up her research on social work with families where one or both parents have limited proficiency … Continue reading

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Working in the pre-creative space: a conversation with legendary social worker, Norma Tracey

Social worker Norma Tracey is 80 years old and still working. She is an important part of the history of hospital social work in Australia- but has also done much more. Her remarkable career began in 1960 as a Family … Continue reading

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The risks of falling in love: reflections on vicarious trauma- a guest blogpost by Kristin Holzapfel

Kristen Holzapfel is a long-term Canberra resident and author of“Selfless: a social worker’s own story of trauma and recovery” (available at www.kholzapfel.com) I had a podcast conversation with Kristen earlier in the year, and it’s a pleasure to host this piece on my … Continue reading

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Podcast episode 22: Supervision: nourishing and flourishing your professional self- a conversation with social workers, Pam Cohen and Marie Heydon

The topic of this podcast is supervision and how we can do it better. I talk with two expert educators in the field, Pam Cohen and Marie Heydon. Pam Cohen was the senior staff supervisor at St Vincent’s Hospital in … Continue reading

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Podcast episode 21: hope, politics and power in palliative care: a conversation with social worker, Julianne Whyte

My guest on this podcast has lived most of her adult life in a small country town. But it wasn’t the life her parents had mapped out for her. She was born into a prominent, conservative, Irish-Italian Catholic family in … Continue reading

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Podcast episode 20: vicarious trauma, mental illness and burnout on the frontlines of social work- a conversation with social worker, Kristen Holzapfel

My guest on this podcast is Kristen Holzapfel, and the subject of our conversation is a book she wrote entitled Selfless. It is a story of Kristen’s work on the frontlines of social work- particularly in child protection. After several … Continue reading

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Podcast episode 19: domestic violence- intimate partner terrorism and love: a conversation with social worker, Adele Sheridan-Magro

Adele Sheridan-Magro, my guest in this podcast, came to social work later in life. Her first degree in sociology was undertaken in her forties: specialising in women and gender studies. She was particularly taken by post-stucturalism, including the theorists Foucault, … Continue reading

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Podcast episode 18: research and clinical practice in oncology social work- a conversation with Kim Hobbs

Kim Hobbs has had a long career in oncology social work. She is now a clinical specialist social worker in gynaecological cancer at a large teaching hospital in western Sydney. Building upon a solid base of clinical care, Kim advocates … Continue reading

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Podcast episode 17: the power of making art- telling a story in one place- a conversation with art therapy lecturer, Catherine Camden-Pratt

Dr Catherine Camden Pratt is a Lecturer in Art Therapy in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University. Catherine’s clinically-led teaching is informed by her private art therapy practice in which she works mainly with women, … Continue reading

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