Susan Young

Associate Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M256), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I graduated in social work from UWA in 1988, after having worked for the (now) Department for Community Development in remote and rural WA and Metropolitan Perth for 16years. During that time I developed an interest and gained experience in developmental processes with isolated and remote communities, Aboriginal groups and communities and families from varied backgrounds. Working from the (then) Head Office providing services to remote regions assisted me to develop training skills which were then employed in working with members of the voluntary sector, before coming to UWA to teach part time in the Social Work programme in 1994. I have spent some years also teaching in the rural and remote social work course at Edith Cowan University in Bunbury where I was able to extend and consolidate my interest in rural and remote social work practice. I am now involved across most areas of the social work course here at UWA with special interests in teaching community practice and social policy, and working with postgraduate students in their research.

Roles and responsibilities

Deputy Head of Social Work and Social Policy

MSW Coordinator

Funding overview

Professor Bindi Bennett, Associate Professor Joanna Zubrzycki, Associate Professor Susan Young, Dr Sera Harris, Dr Antonia Hendrick, Professor Donna Baines, Associate Professor Shayne Walker, 2023 'Utilising simulation to develop culturally responsive social workers', Australian Research Council Indigenous Discovery

Associate Professor D. Bessarab, Associate Professor Sue Green, Victoria Jones, Dr Katrina Stratton, Dr  J. Zubrzycki, Dr Susan Young  2014 "Getting it Right.  Creating partnerships for change. Integrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges in social work education.  Teaching and learning framework.' Australian Teaching and Learning Committee.

Dr Megal Paull, Debbie Haski-Leventhal, Kirsten Holmes, Judith MacCallum, Maryam Omari, Rowena Scott, Dr Susan Young  2015 'Volunteering to learn', Office of Teaching and Learning

Dr Susan Young, 2011 'Developmental child protection: working developmentally, working for safety, working remotely', Department for Child Protection.

Dr Susan Young, 2009 'Evaluation report, Communities for Children, Armadale' Communities for Children.

Jill Abdullah  & Dr Susan Young, 2007 '[Ninditj kartwarra] Nyuning kwop kenyark. "Anything is better than nothing"', Aboriginal Mental Health Programme, Wheatbelt Mental Health Service.  

Dr Susan Young 2006, 'What is the best modern evidence to guide building a community - capacity building - community development strategies', Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth (ARACY).

Dr Susan Young 2005, 'Literature Review: Child Abuse Healing Services', Department for Community Development.

Dr Susan Young 2003, 'How WA Government Policies and Practices Help Communities Protect Children: A Study of Work in the Department for Community Development', UWA Research Grants Scheme.

Dr Susan Young 2001, 'Creating cross-cultural practice.  Beginning social workers make sense of working with difference, University of Otago, New Zealand', Department of Community and Family Studies, University of Otago


My main areas of research are exploring community approaches to child protection both in WA and with international partners in New Zealand and Norway; examining the implementation of and evaluating Full Service Schools in WA with reference to the FSS movements in the UK and US; the contribution made by whiteness theory to social work and social policy theory and practice: and decolonising social work practice and the social work curriculum.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • Community practice and child protection
  • Counter oppressive practice
  • Cross-cultural social work
  • Social policy
  • Whiteness and social work
  • Full service schools
  • Rural and remote social work practice


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