Hilary Gallagher Bachelor of Physics (honors) Diploma in Social Work, Master of
Social Work 

After graduating with an Honours degree in Physics from Heriot Watt University in
Edinburgh, Hilary worked in a number of social welfare settings around the world before
deciding to transfer to social work. Hilary then studied a Diploma in Social Work, the
professional qualifier at the time, concurrently with a Research Masters. Hilary is a
qualified social worker and has worked in health, disability, mental health and community
settings in Scotland and Australia. Her research and practice interests centre on field
education and social justice issues particularly with regards to people who have a
disability. Southern Cross University is piloting an online learning program across the
Masters of Social Work and Hilary is currently embedding this within the field education

Journal articles


Autism and the cognitive processing triad: a case for revising the criteria in the diagnostic and statistical manual (with Andrew Cashin, Claire Newman, and Mark Hughes), Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing (2012)

TOPIC: The next iteration of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is...



A university-community partnership: working together to increase placement opportunities for social work and social welfare students (with Joanne Williams and Matthew Seaman), Youth Affairs Network Queensland Conference (2014)

An evaluation framework for the use of a personalised online learning environment in a social work program (with Mark Hughes), Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development Conference (2014)

The online technology, Pebble+ was recently embedded in the curriculum of the new Master of...


An inter-university student hub (with Joanne Williams), Australian and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare association for Education and Research (ANZSWWER) 2014 Symposium (2014)

Electronic portfolios and personalised learning environments:opportunities and challenges in using online technology in a new social work programme (with Mark Hughes and Lester J. Thompson), Positive practice in hard times: social work fights back: 15th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference and 7th UK Social Work Research Conference (2013)

This presentation examines the rationale for embedding the recently released, online technology, Pebble+, in the...


Embedding a personalised online learning environment in a social work curriculum: opportunities and challenges (with Mark Hughes and Lester J. Thompson), EDULEARN13: 5th International conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Conference Proceedings (2013)

This presentation examines the rationale for embedding the online technology, Pebble+, in the curriculum of...