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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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Podcast episode 16: universal basic income- fixing inequality and mending our social fabric? An interview with Dr Ben Spies-Butcher

The notion of a universal basic income (UBI) is gaining increasingly favourable attention from both the the left and right of politics. Small and seemingly favourable trials have occurred in some countries. To find out more about UBI I spoke … Continue reading

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Podcast episode 15: Work- what is it good for? A conversation with Nick Smith, Professor of Philosophy at Macquarie University

I sought out Nick Smith for this conversation because of my interest in the future of work. Nick has recently co-authored a book entitled The Return of Work in Critical Theory According to the blurb, “The book presents a bold … Continue reading

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Podcast episode 14: ‘open dialogue’- a potential revolution in mental health care? an interview with Professor Niels Buus

There is growing  dissatisfaction with the care provided by state run mental heath services across the western world. This forms part of the context  for my conversation with Niels Buus,  the Professor of Mental Health Nursing at the Sydney Nursing … Continue reading

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Podcast episode 13: Can Facebook be a vehicle for democracy and social justice? An interview with social worker, Beni McKenzie

This episode is a conversation with Beni Mackenzie one of the founders of the Australian Social Work Changemakers Facebook page. The page was born of conversations amongst some social workers attending the 2013 AASW National Symposium. The purpose of the … Continue reading

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