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.

  • WC2001: Australian Women's Studies (Level 2; TSV)
  • WS3027: Social Welfare Practice with Children and Families (Level 3; 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
  • 2015 - Advisory Panel of the Year Award
  • 2013 - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2012 - JCU Award for Excellence - Partnerships and Collaboration

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 43+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Debra Miles from 1998 onwards.

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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/AM)
  • The Search for Counsellor's Professional Identity: A Singapore Study (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Understanding and Developing Appropriate Service Responses for Aboriginal Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Domestic and Family Violence Perpetrator Interventions - How Successful Are They? (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM)
  • 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/AM)
  • Social Adjustment Beyond Teenage Motherhood: Navigating Life Stages and Issues of Identity into Adulthood (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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