Practice Meets Research

5th International Conference on Practice Research (ICPR2020)

Department of Social Work, The University of Melbourne

25th - 27th May 2020

Welcome from Professor Shitij Kapur
Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Health)

Marie Connolly


We are delighted that the Practice and Research Conference in 2020 will be coming to Melbourne. In hosting this conference our aim is to bring together practice researchers to collaborate, innovate, and celebrate practice research. Gathering together at an international conference such as this presents us with many opportunities to deepen understanding, build new knowledge, and contribute to policies and practices that respond to our most pressing social concerns. We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Melbourne!

Professor Marie Connolly
Chair and Head of Social Work
School of Health Sciences  |  Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne

Our Faculty

For more than 150 years, the University of Melbourne has contributed to the health and wellbeing of our society. The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) is renowned for its work on internationally competitive research issues and for its exceptional graduates in all areas of health, medicine and biomedical research.

MDHS is Australia’s largest and leading biomedical research faculty and attracts more national competitive funding than any other Australian university. The Faculty employs more than 1900 members of staff, attracts more than 8000 students each year and comprises six schools; 32 departments, centres and institutes; and 88 courses.

The Faculty has 43,530 current alumni from 97 countries around the world.

The Department of Social Work at the University of Melbourne is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

South Lawn at the University of Melbourne
Alan Gilbert Building

About the Department of Social Work

The Department of Social Work, offers entry to professional practice masters degrees to graduates from a range of prior study areas. The delivery of entry-to-practice programs at the masters level is in line with the leading social work schools internationally, and increases the global portability of graduates. 

We offer a range of postgraduate coursework programs that seek to prepare social workers for advanced practice.

Our students are offered opportunities for broader development through teaching and learning activities within the discipline and the University.

We focus on clinical and professional research in health, mental health and child and family practice.

Parkville Campus

The Parkville campus provides easy access to cafes, shops and services; libraries with extensive collections; as well as cultural and sporting facilities. Nearby Lygon St is home to a huge variety of cafes and shops while the northern end of the University is adjacent to the popular Princes Park.


The City of Melbourne

Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria, and is the second largest city in Australia with a population of more than 4.5 million people and a metropolitan area of 9990.5 km2. The Economist Intelligence Unit has rated Melbourne the world’s most liveable city for six consecutive years, based on its education, entertainment, health care, research and development, tourism and sport.

The City of Melbourne is home to residents from 180 countries who speak more than 233 languages and dialects and follow 116 religious faiths. The Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Taungurong, Dja Dja Wurrung and the Wathaurung people of the Kulin Nation are the traditional owners of the land now known by its European name of Melbourne.

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