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About Professor Mark Hughes

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

Mark Hughes is Professor of Social Work, based at the Gold Coast 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 London. He is currently Coordinator of the Bachelor of Social Welfare and Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying).
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 six 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 Editor of Australian Social Work. He is also engaged in a number of community activities related to LGBTI ageing.


Present Dean and Head of School, Southern Cross University School of Arts and Social Sciences


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Coolangatta QLD
Australia 4225
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