BiographyLiz practised as a health social worker for 12 years, specializing in women’s health. She has taught since 1994 and established the new School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work in 2008. Liz was a founding member of the Social Workers Registration Board, chaired the Board’s Education and Practice Standards Committee, is a past vice-president of the ANZASW and was awarded Association life membership in 1990.
Liz is on editorial advisory boards for Australian Social Work , International Social Work, Health Sociology Review and the Asian Social Work and Policy Review and is a reviewer for a number of professional journals. Liz is co-editor with Sue Gair of James Cook University of the journal Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education and edited a special themed issue on critical reflection. Liz has guest-edited journal special issues on social work education (2006) and health social work (2010) for Social Work Review; health and wellbeing for Social Work Education (2011) and on supervision in social work for Australian Social Work (2012). Liz has published articles on social work education, supervision and professional issues in journals in New Zealand and overseas.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Liz has long-standing interests in critical perspectives on social work education, professional supervision in health and social care, the sociology of professions, the professionalization project of social work, and media framing of social issues and professions. Liz is currently involved in several research projects: moral panics and media framing of child abuse and family violence; a public perceptions project; a study of migrant professionals and she is a member of a newly formed group exploring international research on professional supervision.