Dr Ines Zuchowski has extensive work experience as a social worker in social welfare practice, exposing her to a broad range of interventions and fields of practice. Research has been an integral part of Ines’ professional social work practice. Over the years, Ines’ work in this area has attracted three Queensland Domestic Violence Prevention Awards and an Australian Violence Prevention Merit Award.

Ines is senior lecturer Social Work and Humans Services at JCU and a research fellow at the Cairns Institute. She completed her PhD in 2015 focusing on ‘Social Work Field Education with External Supervision’. Ines has published widely, with a particular focus on field education and social work education. Her social work practice experience and research interest are particularly centred around, child and youth welfare, violence prevention, professional development of supervision, social justice and human rights, women’s issues and field education for social work students.

Ines is currently a collaborator in the following research projects:

·        Social Work placements in GP practices

·        E-placements during Covid-19;

·        Supervision in field education;

·        Peer-led Research with the TAIHS Lighthouse

·        Social work academic engagement and involvement with industry partners.

  • WS3515: Professional Skills for Social Work Practice (Level 3; TSV)
  • WS5517: Foundations for Social Work Practice (Level 5; TSV)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's wellbeing
  • Child Protection
  • Domestic and Family Violence
  • Field education / WIL
  • Gender and Equity
  • Industry-led research partnerships
  • Professional Development and Supervision
  • Social Work Education
  • Social Work in General Practice
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2022 - James Cook University, Inclusive Practice Award
  • 2018 - JCU Rising Star
  • 2017 - Australian New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER) Best Abstract Award in the theme "Research for Change"
  • 2016 - Australian New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER) Social Work Educator Award
  • 2013 - Editor’s Choice Article, Advances in Social Work and Welfare Journal
  • 2010 - James Cook University, FAESS Sessional Teaching Award
  • 2009 - James Cook University, Inclusive Practice Acknowledgement Award
  • 2003 - Queensland Domestic Violence Prevention Award for ‘Healthy Relationships’ Video Education Package
  • 2001 - Queensland Domestic Violence Prevention Award for ‘Non-Violence’ Video Education Package
  • 1999 - Australian Violence Prevention Merit Award for ‘Embracing Peace’ Education Kit
  • 1997 - Inaugural Queensland Domestic Violence Prevention Award for ‘Beyond Violence: Schools Address Domestic Violence’ Program
  • 2018 to 2023 - Cairns Institute
  • 2013 to 2023 - Australian New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER)
  • 2011 to 2023 - Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • 2017 to 2019 - Australian New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER) General Committee Member
  • 2013 to 2017 - Australian New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER) Field Educaiton Representative
  • 2012 to 2013 - Member of Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Field Education Reference Group

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.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 85+ research outputs authored by Dr Ines Zuchowski from 1996 onwards.

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Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

North Queensland Primary Health Network - Grants Program

Social Work student placements with Primary Health Providers Pilot

Indicative Funding
$143,154 over 2 years
The overall aim of this project is to develop, implement and evaluate a field education placement module for social work student placement in General Practice clinics in North Queensland. The project will include the development of module for social work student placements in Primary Healthcare in consultation with general practice Social work students on their 500 hours placement will be placed in General Practices for field education, internally supervised by a task supervisor and externally supervised by a social work supervisor. Students could be either in their first or second placement, in either the Bachelor of Social Work or the Masters of Social Work (Professionally Qualifying) degree. The evaluation of project with consideration of student experience and outcomes as well as General Practice staff experience and feedback. A sustainability/transition plan that identifies other possible funding sources for continuation of the project will be developed.
Ines Zuchowski (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Social Work placements; Primary health care providers; Curriculum Development

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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.

  • Children and Young People in out of home care, connectedness and incarcerated parents. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • How do Social Workers in the Emergency Department respond to sudden and unexpected death (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Women working in White Collar Professions and their Experiences of Domestic Violence in North Queensland; Help-Seeking Behaviors and Outcomes. (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Experiences, Enables and Barriers for Aboriginal Women aged 16 years and over who have Experienced Sexual Assault in North West Queensland accessing Acute and Ongoing Therapeutic Care (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Field education for eco-social work practice ready graduates (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) as Indicators of Victimisation of IPV in Adulthood. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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