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Assoc. Prof. Joanna Zubrzycki Name: Assoc. Prof. Joanna Zubrzycki
Associate Professor (Social Work)
+612 6209 1159
+612 6209 1174
Organisational Area
Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Allied Health (ACT)
Building 300 - Blackfriars Building (127 Phillip Avenue, Watson ACT 2602)-Level 1-Room 300.1.15
Biographical Information

Dr Joanna Zubrzycki is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the Canberra campus. She graduated with honours in 1986 from the UNSW and completed her PhD in 2004.  As a founding member of the Social Work staff, Dr Zubrzycki has been involved in developing the social work academic programs at ACU. This includes undergraduate and postgraduate social work degrees as well as courses in leadership, human services management, supervision and cross cultural practice. She is also an experienced PhD supervisor, and has supervised 10 students to completion. 

 Dr Zubrzycki has been the recipient of a number of research grants and has collaborated with national and international researchers. Her main areas of focus are social work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and social work with refugees and asylum seekers. She engages in national and international community led and collaborative research projects and publications in these fields of practice.  In 2011 one of these publications, co-written with 2 Aboriginal colleagues, won the Australian Journal of Social Work Norm Smith award for the best research publication and remains, at 9,000 downloads, the most read Australian social work journal publication.

This work also informs a range of teaching and learning initiatives. From 2011 to 2013 Dr Zurzycki led a national Office of Learning and Teaching project which developed the first national social work framework for embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges in Australian social work education ( Impacts from this project include the development of the AASW Practice Guidelines and the National Health Curriciulum Framework.  She has also developed curriculum and taught social work at the UNSW and Sydney University and have been a visting scholar in New Zealand, Canada, the USA and Poland.



Current publications

Books and Major reports

Zubrzycki, J., Green, S., Jones, V., Stratton, K., Young, S., Bessarab, D (2014) Getting it Right: Creating Partnerships for Change. Integrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges in social work education and practice. Teaching and Learning Framework. Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, Sydney.

Zubrzycki, J. (2009). Personal and Professional Boundaries in Australian Social Work: A Study of the Self in Practice. Saarbrucken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.

Book Chapters

Bessarab, D., Green, S., Zubrzycki, J., Stratton, K., Jones, V., Young, S. Getting it Right: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges and Practices in Australian Social Work Education, Chapter 8 in M. Hart (Ed.) (2017) International Indigenous Voices in Social Work Education. Cambridge Scholars Press. 

Zubrzycki, J & Crawford, F (2012). Collaboration and Relationship Building in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Work. In B. Bennett., S. Green., S. Gilbert. & D. Bessarab (Eds.) Our Voices: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Work. Palgrave Macmillan

Zubrzycki, J. (2011). The integration of Aboriginal worldviews in social work practice and education and better social justice outcomes for Australia&rsquos Indigenous people: A post apology opportunity. In P. Kriese., & P.Osborne (Eds.). Social Justice and Education: International Perspectives. Rodopi, USA.

Zubrzycki, J & Bennett, B. (In conjunction with an Aboriginal reference group) (2006). Working with Aboriginal Australians. In E. Wing Hong Chui & J. Wilson (Eds.). Best Practice in the Fields of  Social Work and Human ServicesAnnandale, NSW: Federation Press.

Refereed journal articles (2011-2018 only)

Bennett, B., Redfern, H., Zubrzycki, J (2017) Cultural Responsiveness in Action: Co-Constructing Social       Work Curriculum Resources with Aboriginal Communities. British Journal of Social Work. 1- 18.         

Nelson, D., Price, E., Zubrzycki, J. (2017) Critical social work with unaccompanied asylum &ndashseeking young people: Restoring hope, agency and meaning for the client and worker. International  Social Work. Vol 60(3) 601-613.

Zubrzycki, J., Shipp, R., Jones, V. (2017) Knowing, Doing and Being: Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Collaboration in Cancer Services. Qualitative Health Research. DOI:10.1177/1049732316686750

Nelson, D., Price, E., Zubrzycki, J (2014) Integrating human rights and trauma frameworks in social work with people from a refugee background. Australian Social Work. Vol. 67, Issue 4, 567-581.

Young, S., Zubrzycki, J., Green, D., Jones, V., Stratton, K., Bessarab, D. (2013). Getting it Right: Creating Partnerships for change. Developing a framework for integrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges in Australian Social Work Education. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 22(3-4), 179-197

Simpson, L., Reid, I., Zubrzycki, J., Jones, V. (2011). A good way of doing business! Working Together to Achieve Improved Outcomes for Aboriginal People in NSW Cancer Services. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal. March/April, Vol. 35 (2), 12-15

Young, S., & Zubrzycki, J. (2011). Educating Australian Social Workers in the Post-Apology era: the potential offered by a whiteness lens. Journal of Social Work. Special Australian and New Zealand edition. 11 (2) 159-173

Bennett, B., Zubrzycki, J., Bacon, V. (2011). What do we know? The experiences of social workers working alongside Aboriginal people. Australian Social Work, Special Edition, Social Work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Vol. 64, No.1  20-37



Refer to research profile presented in Biographical section. 



Professional Memberships

Dr Zubrzycki is an active member of the Australian Association of Social Workers. This has involved being a past President of the local ACT Branch of the AASW, reviewing journal articles for the AASW Journal, Australian Journal of Social Work, being a member of the AASW Code of Ethics Advisory Committee and providing key input in the development of the Association's Practice Standards. 



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