- WS2510: Interpersonal Practice (Level 2; TSV)
- Women and Gender issues, International Social Work, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Social Work Practice
- Human Rights, Women Studies, Counselling/Interpersonal skills
- Research Disciplines
- Social Work (1607)
Debra Miles has worked in the tertiary education sector in Australia since 1995 teaching across a wide array of undergraduate and postgraduate subjects in professional social work and women’s studies courses at James Cook University and Charles Darwin University. She is currently the Director of the Women’s Studies Research Group. Her teaching foci include human rights and social work practice. Deb’s research has focused on feminist social work practice particularly in child protection, women’s services, violence against women and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Her current research projects include technology in social work education; internationalisation of social work education; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their experience in field education.
- 2015 - Advisory Panel of the Year Award
- 2013 - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
- 2012 - JCU Award for Excellence - Partnerships and Collaboration
These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.
- Journal Articles
- Jones P, Rowe S and Miles D (in press) Beyond practical preparation: a critical approach to preparing social work students for international experiences. International Social Work,
- Nickson A, Gair S and Miles D (2016) Supporting isolated workers in their work with families in rural and remote Australia: exploring peer group supervision. Children Australia, 41 (4). pp. 265-274
- Babatsikos G and Miles D (2015) How parents manage the risk of child sexual abuse: a grounded theory. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 24 (1). pp. 55-76
- Gair S, Miles D, Savage D and Zuchowski I (2015) Racism unmasked: the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in social work field placements. Australian Social Work, 68 (1). pp. 32-48
- Zuchowski I, Savage D, Miles D and Gair S (2013) Decolonising field education: challenging Australian social work praxis. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 15 (1). pp. 47-62
- Jones P, Miles D, Francis A and Rajeev S (2012) Working towards eco-social justice: reflections on an international, cross-institutional social work collaboration. Asian Journal of Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, 2 (6). pp. 146-158
- Miles D (2011) Relationships, power and emotion in feminist organisations. Outskirts: feminisms along the edge, 24. pp. 1- 12
- Miles D (2009) With Women, For Women: the experiences of women as workers in feminist organisations. Lambert Academic Publishing, Koln, Deutschland
- Book Chapters
- Jones P and Miles D (2012) Reaching out to the region: developing a blended pedagogy for social work education at a distance. In: Effectively Implementing Information Communication Technology in Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific Region. Nova Publishers, New York, NY, USA, pp. 247-263
- Crawford C, Miles D and Plumb D (2011) Women-only space facilitating empowerment. In: Eco-social Justice: issues, challenges and ways forward: voices from De Novo '11. Books for Change, Karnataka, India, pp. 110-125
- Khan A and Miles D (2011) "Talk to me, not my illness": relevance of human rights and social justice in child and adolescent mental health intervention. In: Eco-social Justice: issues, challenges and ways forward: voices from De Novo '11. Books for Change, Karnataka, India, pp. 307-326
- Conference Papers
- Miles D, Jones P, Gopalkrishnan N, Francis A, Harris N, Howard E, King J, Zuchowski I, Dhephasadin Na Ayudhaya P and Puthantharayil G (2016) Contested concepts of 'partnership' in international student exchange programs. Proceedings of the 37th HERDSA Annual International Conference. In: HERSDA 2016: 39th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Annual International Conference: the shape of higher education, 4-7 July 2016, Freemantle, WA, Australia
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 31+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Debra Miles from 1998 onwards.
- Current Funding
Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.
Menzies School of Health Research - Ext_Source: NHMRC Grant 1078927 CRE IQI
Strengthening community-led partnerships to improve Indigenous health and well-being
- Indicative Funding
- This project aims to strengthen community-led partnerships (CLPs) to improve Indigenous health and well-being using CQI processes. The seed funding will be utilised in bringing together leaders of existing community-led partnerships, and visits with leaders of other identified CLPs, with the aim of identifying and documenting the strengths of existing community-led partnerships, and exploring how CQI processes can improve, support or accelerate best practice in community-led partnerships.
- Komla Tsey, Cindy Woods, Ines Zuchowski and Debra Miles (College of Arts, Society & Education and The University of New England)
- Indigenous Health Services; Interagency relations; Health Services; quality Improvement; Indigenous Populations
Office for Learning and Teaching - Innovation and Development Grant
International Social Work Student Exchange: Facilitating Good Practice in Australia and Asia Pacific
- Indicative Funding
- $388,000 over 2 years
- Using collaborative and inclusive processes, this project will draw on data from Australian social work education providers and their international partners, to document and analyse current international student exchange practices, highlighting key issues and constraints. Merging this data with a critical literature review, the project will synthesise the knowledge created to develop transferable best-practice models in international student exchange. Focusing on enhancing relationships with the Asia-Pacific, this project aims to document, analyse, develop and disseminate exemplary practices in international social work student exchange. The project will contribute significantly to the development of mutually beneficial international student exchange programs and will support Australian tertiary educators to integrate evidence-led, transferable, good -practice principles into core curricula.
- Debra Miles, Nonie Harris, Peter F Jones, Abraham Francis, Narayan Gopalkrishnan and Ines Zuchowski in collaboration with Hurriyet Babacan, Julie King, S Rajeev, Piyachat and Linda Briskman (College of Arts, Society & Education, The University of New England, Queensland University of Technology, De Paul Institute of Science & Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University and Swinburne University of Technology)
- Social Work; International student exchange; Internationalisation; Social Work Education; Curriculum Design
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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.
- Women's Experiences of the Family Violence Intervention Order Process Across Rural, Regional and Metropolitian Victoria (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Re-visioning Child Protection Management Embedded in Family Empowerment (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Domestic Violence Perpetrator interventions - how successful are they? (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Exploring the Lived Experiences of Indigenous Australian Child Protection Workers Who Work Within a Statutory System that is/was Responsible for Historical Harm to Indigenous Communities. (PhD, Primary Advisor)
- "Sentencers" attitudes of women in the criminal justice system and an insight into perceptions about aboriginal women in Australian jurisdictions. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Social work field education with external supervision (2015, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Towards a decolonizing practice: a qualitative inquiry informed by non-Indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders working together (2015, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Unravelling Foster Care and Finding Family Support (2015, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Women serving in the Royal Australian Navy: the path towards equality 1960 to 2015 (2016, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- Exploring Peer Group Supervision in Virtual Teams in Rural and Remote Australia;; (2016, PhD, Primary Advisor)
- What makes a good foster carer?: the views of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience (2013, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Shift Happens: Transformative Learning in Social Work Education (2017, PhD, Primary Advisor)
The map shows research collaborations by institution from the past 7 years.
Note: Map points are indicative of the countries or states that institutions are associated with.
- 5+ collaborations
- 4 collaborations
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- 1 collaboration
- Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)