About

Abraham Francis is an Associate Professor in Social Work and Human Services at James Cook University in Australia.  He has worked with many NGOs and in the Corporate Sector as a social worker. Dr Francis has initiated and established many international research projects, supported several international field placements, and has been instrumental in establishing international partnerships and research collaborations with Universities and organisations in South Asia. He taught Social Work at the Delhi University in India and also worked as a senior mental health Social Worker with Country Health South Australia, before moving to Townsville to join James Cook University. Dr Francis is associated with many voluntary organisations, associations, professional bodies, and developmental projects both in Australia and India.

Dr Francis is passionate about working and researching in Strengths-based practice in mental health. He has extensively contributed to the literature on Social Work practice in mental health through his publications, convening conferences, establishing research networks and developing consortiums. His other research interests are in the field of communities, criminal justice, international social work, and gerontological social work.  His excellence in teaching has likewise been recognised on a number of occasions.  For example, in 2010, he was a recipient of James Cook University’s Inclusive Practice Award for his “exceptional support for students with a disability”.  In 2016, he received the University’s ‘Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning' for his “leadership and expertise in Social Work education in mental health that inspires and nurtures students to be competent, confident and compassionate practitioners”.

Dr Francis was one of the finalists at the 2018 India Australia business and community awards in the category of Community Services Excellence Award and Business Leader/ Professional of the Year. In 2018, Dr. Francis received the NAPASWI (National Association of Professional Association Social Workers in India) lifetime achievement for his outstanding contribution to Social Work Education.

Teaching
  • WS3513: Research Proposal Seminar (Level 3; TSV)
  • WS4503: Social Work and Mental Health (Level 4; TSV)
  • WS4514: Theories for Social Work Practice (Level 4; TSV)
  • WS5611: Professional Development for Social Work Practice (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
Interests
Professional
  • Community Work Professional Supervision
  • Mental Health in Higher Education: Conference organisor and Co-Chair of Australasian Mental Health in Higher Education (2017-2020)
Research
  • Mental Health: Current research project on COVID-19 and Mental Well-being of International Students in North Queensland
  • International Social Work, Criminal Justice Social Work, Mental health, Community Development
Teaching
  • Strengths Based Practice, Mental Health and Social Work Practice, Professional Development, Group Work, Communitiy work and Research
Experience
  • 2019 to present - Head of Social Work and Human Services, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2017 to present - Co-Chair - Australasian Mental Health in Higher Educaiton research, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2017 to present - Adjunct Faculty for MSW Programs, Prasanna School of Public Health (PSPH) (Manipal)
  • 2017 to 2018 - Associate Dean for learning and Teaching, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2016 to 2017 - MSW Course coordinator, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2006 to 2010 - Senior Mental Health social Worker, Govt.South Australia (Adelaide)
  • 1999 to 2005 - Lecturer, Delhi University (DELHI-India)
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Honours
Awards
  • 2018 - NAPSWI Life time Achievement Award
  • 2018 - The Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice Social and Community Practice Award
  • 2018 - IABCA 2018 Finalist ( India Australia Business & Community Awards)
  • 2018 - ANZSWWER (Australia and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research ) runner up for the Community Service award
  • 2016 - JCU Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2012 to 2013 - 2012 -JCU Award for Excellence - Partnerships and Collaboration
  • 2010 - Inclusive Practice Award, James Cook University
Fellowships
  • 2016 - A RESEARCH FELLOW AT THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WORK, STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY-South Africa
Memberships
  • 2018 - AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION
  • 2017 - International Association of Youth Mental Health (IAYMH).
  • 2017 - International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)
  • 2017 - Member of Australian & New Zealand Social Work & Welfare Education & Research association (ANZSWWER)
  • 2006 - Member of Australian Association of Social Work.
  • 2005 - Life Member of National Association of Professional Social Workers in India
Publications

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Current Funding

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Epilepsy Queensland Inc. - Consultancy

Improving access to disability information and supports in Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook Shires

Indicative Funding
$24,541 over 1 year
Summary
As an evaluator, JCU will work collaboratively with the project leader from Epilepsy Queensland and evaluate both the research process and outcome. During this participatory evaluation process, a number of activities will be undertaken such as field visits to Ingham and Charters Towers, Designing the evaluation process, meeting with community leaders, consumers and family members. The outcome of the evaluation will be documented as a report for the organisation, and based on the feedback received, strategies for improving access to disability information and supports in Charter Towers and Hinchinbrook Shires will be made available for consideration.
Investigators
Abraham Francis and Nonie Harris in collaboration with Muriel Lin (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Keywords
Disabilities; Community; Access to Health Care; Evaluation
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • Exploring Challenges faced by Domestic and Family Violence Service Providers when Working with Victims of Forced Marriage from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • A Feminist Analysis of the Settlement Experiences of Women from Diverse Countries of Africa who have Arrived as Humanitarian Entrants to Regional North Qld (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
Completed
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  • 1 collaboration
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