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Professor Janice Pascal

B.Ed, BSW (Hons), Ph.D
Professor Head of Course Social Work
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences
First Nations Academy
About Me

I am a Professor and the Head of Course of Social Work in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences.  I am committed to social justice, improving rural and remote psychosocial and health outcomes, and developing curriculum and research projects that reflect my commitments to ethical practice. 


I am an experienced academic, both an active researcher and lecturer in social work and public health, and have worked in Australia and the UK universities for approximately 15 years. My background includes teaching, research, publications, and postgraduate supervision. For my full research and publication profile please see my Google Scholar account.

Universities Studied At

University of Melbourne (then Melbourne State College): B.Ed

La Trobe University, Bendigo campus: BSW (Hons), Ph.D

Universities Worked At

La Trobe University ( Bendigo, Australia)

Bishop Grosseteste University (Lincoln, UK)

Keele University (Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK)

Central Queensland University (Rockhampton, Australia)

Previous teaching

Postgraduate research methods, undergraduate research methods, statistics, epidemiology, individual and social determinants of health, communication and counselling skills, casework, social policy, integrating theory and social work practice, Field Education, and postgraduate supervision.

Professional Experience

Generalist counsellor in health care settings; Drug and Alcohol counsellor in health care settings. 

Professional Memberships

Across my career as I have been a member of the following professional associations:

AASW: Australian Association of Social Workers  (eligible)

OSWA: Oncology Social Work Australia

RSWAG: Rural Social Work Action Group

HCPC: Registered social worker in the UK (now Social Work England: eligible)

BOSW: British Oncology Social Work


As Professor and Head of Course of Social Work, I am primarily responsible for the leadership of the BSW staff team and ensuring students experience a high quality learning environment.  Equally, I am responsible for the ethical and innovative conduct of research; developing research capacity and income generation; as well as supervision of Master's and Ph.D candidates. 

Professional Interests

Oncology social work; psychosocial health and wellbeing; rural and regional health care systems, outcomes and inequities; social work practice in multidisciplinary settings; health policy.

Key Achievements

Completion of Ph.D whilst raising a family

Leadership of Social Work, and Health and Social Care programs, in the UK and Australia

International publications and collaborations

Mentoring Ph.D students and ECRs

Nomination for teaching awards

Attending graduation ceremonies for the next generation of social work and public health practitioners and researchers

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4409 Social Work
  • 4203 Health services and systems
  • 4505 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community
  • 4206 Public health

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Medical And Health Sciences

Public Health and Health Services - Health and Community Services
Psycho social cancer care

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