Associate Professor Dr Mark Hughes BSW(Hons)(JCU), PhD(UQ) 

Mark Hughes is a social work and social welfare academic, based at the Gold Coast Tweed
Heads Campus. He completed his undergraduate degree at James Cook University in 1988 and
his PhD at the University of Queensland in 1996. He has worked as a social worker in
Australia and the UK, and previously held academic positions at the University of
Queensland, the University of New South Wales, and Goldsmiths College, University of
London. He is currently Coordinator of the Bachelor of Social Science. 

Mark’s research interests centre on ageing, care-giving and aged care service delivery,
including social work and human service practice with older people. His PhD research
investigated conflict, violence and abuse in care-giving relationships involving older
people, while his earlier honours research looked at dementia and care-giving. In the UK
Mark researched the transitions of older people through health and social care systems,
including the use of multi-disciplinary panels in gate-keeping entry to residential aged
care. In Australia Mark has researched privacy in aged care, educational initiatives to
facilitate reflective practice with older people, and the ageing experiences of lesbian,
bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people. The latter program of research has
included studies on sexual identity expression in health and aged care settings, social
workers’ capacity to discuss sexual identity in assessment activities, LGBTI people’s
concerns about ageing and accessing services, and the care networks of older lesbian and
gay people. 

Mark has also researched and published more widely on social work and human service
practice, and social work education. He is co-author of five books, including Social Work
and Human Service Practice 5th Edn (with Ian O’Connor, Jill Wilson and Deborah
Setterlund), Organisations and Management in Social Work (with Michael Wearing) and Older
People, Ageing and Social Work (with Karen Heycox). He has also published a wide range of
refereed journal articles, and is on the Editorial Board of the Australian Social Work
journal. Mark is an active member of the Australian Association of Social Workers, the
Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers, and the Australian Association of
Social Work and Welfare Education. He is also engaged in a number of community activities
related to LGBTI ageing. 

Journal articles

Embedding a personalised online learning environment in a social work curriculum: opportunities and challenges (with Hilary Gallagher and Lester J. Thompson), Australian Association of Social Work & Welfare Education Symposium (2013)

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

 

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

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

 

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End-of-life care for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people (with Colleen M. Cartwright and Tania Lienert), Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care (2012)

There is little understanding in Australia of the special issues faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual...

 

Books

Organisations and management in social work: everyday action for change (with Michael Wearing), School of Arts and Social Sciences (2013)
 

Studying for social work (with Eileen Baldry, Linda Burnett, and Ian Collinson), School of Arts and Social Sciences Papers (2011)

This essential guide to study skills takes social work students through every step of their...

 

Older people, ageing and social work: knowledge for practice (with Karen Heycox), Older people, ageing and social work: knowledge for practice (2010)

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'Essential reading for practitioners, educators and researchers within the general field of social work with...

 

Social work and human service practice (with Ian O'Connor, Jill Wilson, and Deborah Setterlund), Social work and human service practice (2008)

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The changing context of social work and human service practice means that now more...

 

Organisations and management in social work (with Michael Wearing), Organisations and management in social work (2007)

"What role does social work play in human service organizations? How do social workers experience...

 

Book chapters

Sexuality and social work, Social work: contexts and practice (2013)
 

Advocacy: an overarching approach (with Jill Wilson), Case management for community practice (2009)
 

Role of the interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary team (with Annette James, Geoffrey Mitchell, Michelle Bissett, Lee Zakrzewski, Anthony Wright, Susan Balandin, and Michelle Lincoln), Chronic illness and disability : principles for nursing practice (2008)
 

Conference publications

Discussing end of life caer planning with LGBT people (with Colleen M. Cartwright), Grey Expectations: Ageing in the 21st Century: 46th Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference (2013)
 

Electronic portfolios and personalised learning environments:opportunities and challenges in using online technology in a new social work programme (with Lester J. Thompson and Hilary Gallagher), 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...

 

Getting published in Australian social work: sharing tips and resources (with Bruce Lord and Joshua Pitt), Making connections: learning & leadership in social work: AASW national symposium (2013)
 

Health and wellbeing of LGBTI seniors in New South Wales (with S Kentlyn), Grey Expectations: Ageing in the 21st Century: 46th Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference (2013)
 

The use of ePortfolios to facilitate students’ understanding of diversity (with Hilary Gallagher), AASWWE 2012 Symposium (2012)
 

Other

Older people and transitions in care: report to the London Borough of Greenwich (with Deborah Mayes and Pat Le Riche), School of Arts and Social Sciences Papers (2000)

Research study looking at decisions about placement of older people into long term care in...