Episode 13 – Sexual Justice as Social Justice with Dr George Turner.

Hello friends,

On episode 13 you’ll hear an engaging conversation with Dr George Turner discussing the intersections of social work, sexual health, social justice, research and language. There’s lots to get you thinking, so we hope you enjoy!

Speak with you soon.


Episode 12 – Social Work in the Pacific, Cultural Humility, and Decolonising Social Work Research & Practice with Associate Professor Dr Jioji Ravulo.

Hi All,

Here is episode 12 of the Social Work Discoveries Podcast.

On today’s episode you’ll hear from Dr Jioji Ravulo who is very interested in the space of practicing cultural humility and decolonising social work research & practice. Jioji works closely with Pacific Islander peoples & communities both here in Australia and abroad, and is very passionate in creating a better world through the social work research that he undertakes.

We hope you enjoy our conversation.


Episode 11 – Street Art, Researching Men & Boys, and Social Determinants of Health with Dr Neil Hall.


Hi Friends,

On today’s episode we follow up with Dr Neil Hall.

We heard from Neil last episode for the 1 year anniversary of the podcast, and we are very happy to have him back on the podcast for today’s social work research discussion.

Today, Neil and I explore his research work with a street art project in the Blue Mountains (one hour’s drive west of Sydney, Australia). I also spend some time asking Neil about his perspectives on conducting research in the area of Men & Boy’s Health.

You’ll hear Neil discuss his thoughts on a Social Determinants of Health perspective for health and welfare, as well as get an insight into what drives him to conduct the social work research that he does.

We hope you enjoy! Thanks for listening.


Episode 01 (Remastered & Extended Edition) – Social Work and Participatory Action Research with Dr Neil Hall.


Hi Friends,

To help us celebrate the one year anniversary of the Social Work Discoveries podcast, I’ve uploaded a remastered and extended edition of the very first episode of the pod.

On this episode you’ll hear all about Social Work Research & Participatory Action Research with Dr Neil Hall from Western Sydney University.

A special thanks to my co-producers on today’s episode – Georgie Butler & Jeevan Thangarasa (Western Sydney University social work students). Thank you for such fantastic and creative help!

Will speak with you all again soon.


Episode 10 – Eco-social work research and practice with Dr Susan Bailey & Chris Panagiotaros.

Hello Listeners,

This episode was recorded with Dr Susan Bailey from the University of Western Australia and Chris Panagiotaros from Western Sydney University. We talk all things Eco-Social Work, Environmentalism, Grief and Loss Theory, and Participatory Action Research.

We recorded this episode at the 2018 International Social Work, Education, and Social Development Conference held in Dublin, Ireland.

We hope you enjoy the conversation!


Episode 09 – Prisoner perspectives, ethnography, ethics, and the criminal justice system with Dr Maggie Hall.


Hi Friends,

Following up from our last conversation on the criminal justice sector, I really wanted to invite Dr Maggie Hall onto the podcast to continue this investigation into social work, research and the intersections with the criminal justice system here in Australia. And she really has delivered some fantastic insights and ideas! So buckle up and get ready for a straight-talking chat with Maggie, who will delve into prisoner perspectives, ethnography, ethics of practice and research in the criminal justice sector. We hope you enjoy.


Episode 08 – Social Work Research in the Youth & Criminal Justice sector with Professor Brian Stout.

Hello Listeners,

In episode eight of the social work discoveries podcast we hear from Professor Brian Stout, who was happy to share some really important insights and discussion on the role of social work within the youth and criminal justice system around the world, and the intersections with research. He gives some critical perspective on why social workers are needed in this sector of welfare work, and also gives a vision for the ongoing education of social workers in coming years.

We hope you enjoy our chat.


Episode 07 – Understanding social work for the elderly, and researching violence & abuse against older women with Dr Jane Mears.


Hello there!

This is episode 7 of the Social Work Discoveries podcast.

In this episode I talk with Associate Professor from Western Sydney University – Dr Jane Mears – all about the role of social work in the context of aged care and how social workers can better highlight the needs of the elderly in Australian society. We discuss Jane’s social work research with older women who have experienced abuse and violence, and how her research has helped to create awareness of this ‘invisible’ cohort of our community.

I hope you find it helpful.


Episode 06 – Visual communication mediums and Phenomenology in Social Work with Dr Sonia Tascón.


Hi Social Work Discoveries Family,

Here’s my conversation with Dr Sonia Tascón. If you’re interested in finding more about integrating art, film and other visual mediums in your social work practice or research, then this is the podcast for you! We also delve into the interesting philosophy of phenomenology and it’s use in social work research.

And exciting news! Sonia has a new book which investigates all these topics and much, much more, and is soon to be released by Routledge (book publishers). So, if you like what you hear and want to find out more, stay tuned for an update on the book release date.

With love,


Episode 05 (Part 2) – Researching disability, violence, sex and language with Denise Beckwith.


Hello friends,

Here’s the second part of my conversation with Denise Beckwith. We hope you found it interesting and helpful.

Please share with your friends. And always feel free to reach out and say hello on twitter or facebook – @swdiscoveries – I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Here’s the ‘Silent Tears’ website – http://silenttears.com.au/