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- Master of Social Work
Our Master of Social Work (MSW) offers you an outstanding postgraduate course of study, preparing you for professional practice in a diverse range of social work contextsView
The Melbourne School of Health Sciences is committed to making a meaningful contribution to the COVID-19 pandemic and assisting those affected. While precautions can help 'flatten the curve,' students can also help to 'raise the line' of health care capacity by applying for a number of paid 'SASH roles' that Victoria’s health services are establishing.News
It’s great to see commentary by Professor of Social Work, Cathy Humphreys published in The Age on 3 March, discussing her views on how the Clarke family murders highlight the failings of our custody system.News
Read the latest edition of the Social Work eNews by clicking here.News
Congratulations to Dr Bec Thornton and Dr Alicia McCoy.News
Welcome To Melbourne 2020News
After the success of last year’s inaugural Reunion Weekend we are delighted to present this year’s program. Reunion Weekend 2019 will take place on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November.News
Physical activity programs for prisoners like sport and organised runs isn’t about being soft on crime, it is about helping people rehabilitate for everyone’s sake.News
With the growing ageing population in Australia, more and more older people are being put into aged care facilities where a higher number of residents are living in environments that feel more like a hospital rather than a home. This vastly impacts the mental and physical well-being of some of the most vulnerable in our society. Studies show that smaller facilities that are more home-like are very beneficial. Dr Ralph Hampson, Senior Lecturer of Health and Ageing at the University of Melbourne, spoke to us about this.News
Ralph Hampson Senior Lecturer, Health and Ageing, University of Melbourne Article in The Conversation -September 24, 2018News
We need young kinship carers to interview and complete a survey about their experiences.News
Victoria honours Professor Cathy Humphreys for her work in ensuring the safety of women and children through her research into child and family welfare, domestic violence and child abuse, stability and quality for out of home care, developments arising from Victorian legislation on children, youth and families, and the impact of research on policy and practice.News
Professor Lou Harms and Associate Professor Lisa Gibbs from the University of Melbourne, chief investigators on the Beyond Bushfires project, have identified which social determinants help people bounce back after a traumatic event.News
A few years ago no one wanted to know about domestic violence. This deafening silence was something Professor Cathy Humphreys was determined to change.News
Leading research that impacts locally, nationally and internationally.
School Research Themes
The School has clustered the broad array of research activities in its five departments into six Research Themes which cross the boundaries of disciplines and settings. While each area is distinct, a common characteristic is a focus on disease prevention and the promotion and protection of health and wellbeing.View
The Department is committed to improving social justice through the development and use of evidence by undertaking meaningful, applied research that addresses some of society's most pressing social concerns. To that end, researchers use a broad range of methodologies – from large database analytics and quantitative enquiry, to qualitative research that draws upon the experiences of individuals, groups and communities – across five different research groups.View
Building on the strong reputation of the University of Melbourne as a research intensive university, the Department creates opportunities for its students to achieve research excellence and leadership. The Masters by research and PhD program provides training in diverse methodologies across a range of topic areas.View
Research in the Faculty
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is Australia's largest biomedical research faculty. We employ more than 1500 academic staff, 4000 honorary staff and 1500 graduate researchers undertaking world class research across a wide range of health and social issues in a diverse range of research settings. Researchers are located at key sites across Victoria, with more conducting research around the world. These renowned experts from every field can be found in labs, hospitals, affiliated research institutes and all across the wider community.Information and support tools for Faculty staff are available on the Faculty intranet.
The School educates graduate entry and post-graduate students through accredited programs tailored to workforce needs nationally and internationally, enabling them to be competent and effective health professionals who are work ready and eligible for registration.
Our graduate entry and post-graduate degrees are tailored to workforce needs nationally and internationally.View
Expand your horizons by studying a single subject via the Community Access Program (CAP). CAP provides the opportunity to enrol in a single Health Sciences subject to study for general interest or to enhance your career development.View
Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences offer an extensive range of scholarships and bursaries to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students.View
25th Anniversary of Physiotherapy Education at the University of Melbourne
This year the Department of Physiotherapy celebrates 25 years of excellence in physiotherapy education at the University of Melbourne.
Rich collaborative relationships that foster strong research and teaching.
In February 2007, The Social Work Department established a formal Alumni Association.View
We are grateful for the many ways in which our alumni and donors support the work of the Faculty.View
We have strong links with many of Victoria's most widely recognised social work bodies.View
Social work has a strong tradition of collaborative engagement. We have a strong alumni and we value highly our local, national and international relationships.View
Welcome to the Department of Social Work
Professor Lou Harms - Chair and Head of Social Work
Social Work, in the Melbourne School of Health Sciences, is a vibrant learning community which seeks to influence professional practice through high quality educational experiences for our students, the conduct of practice-based research and engagement.
The Victorian Institute of Hospital Almoners was established in 1929. This is generally regarded as the beginning of Victorian social work education.
Social work education at the University of Melbourne has a long and distinguished history.