Dr Jenny Martin- RMIT University
Dr Pauline Meemeduma – UNICEF Consultant
Dr Phyllis Chee – Griffith University, Australia
Dr Brenda Clare – University of Western Australia (Fellow)
Michael Clare – Formerly Prof. of Social Work, UWA.
Norani Hashim – Deputy Director General (Operations), Dept. of Social Welfare
Prof. Dr Ismail Baba – UUM, Kedah
Amy Bala – MASW
Assoc. Prof. Dr Ling How Kee – UNIMAS, Sarawak
Assoc. Prof. Siti Hawa Ali – USM , Kelantan
Jenny Martin is currently associate professor of social work at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and chairs the University Appeals’ Committee. She has worked as a social worker in the areas of intellectual disability, mental health, child and family services, and mediation and conflict management. Her teaching and research is in these areas and in particular mental health and cross cultural workforce development. Recent research has been on the ongoing professional development needs of mental health social workers in Australia including supervision and issues around professional identity.
Dr Pauline Meemeduma is a social worker with 37 years experience. Pauline has extensive experience as a social work practitioner in the areas of child protection, child and family welfare and children with a disability. She has also an extensive career as a social work educator and academic, working for three Universities in Australia over the years, as well as heading a University social work department and designing a new competency-based social work course for AASW accrediationion for Murdoch University. Her work has a particualr focus upon child protection, social work practice competencies, social work education and cross-cultural social work practice. Pauline has extensive experience as an international consultant for UNICEF, National Governments, the Christian Brothers, the Good Shepherd Sisters and MASW. Pauline has worked as an educator, trainer, practitioner and advisor throughout the Asia-Pacific region in Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea and East Timor, as well as in Singapore, United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. Pauline in partnership with MASW and JKM has been extensivley involved in the design and development of the National Social Work Practice Competencies and the new Social Work Act in Malaysia. She is presently working with UNICEF/JKM on a pilot project for excellence in child protection practice. Pauline has a strong professional and personal commitment to the provision of competent and best practice social work practice and is often heard to say ” competent practice is the foundation of the social work profession- and we all have a role to play in our education of social worker students, in our agency practice and in our own individual practice to ensure Malaysia has available quality social work services”.
Phyllis teaches in the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. She is currently convenor of the undergraduate social work field education program. She has previously worked in Singapore as a social worker and also taught in Macau and Hong Kong. Her teaching and research interest is in the areas of social work student field learning and supervision, field supervisors’ training and creative university-agency partnerships in social work field education.
BRENDA & MICHAEL CLARE
(UPDATE: Withdrew due to illness – we wish them well and their workshop is now going to be conducted by Assoc Prof Jenny Martin who will also be a presenter in the first panel.)
Brenda has been a social worker, in England and Australia, since 1971, specialising in child protection and child placement. Between January 2001 and December 2010, she was on the staff of the UWA social work programme; she continues her links with UWA as an Honorary Research Fellow. In addition to her continuing research work for UWA, Brenda now works as an independent consultant, offering training in the areas of ‘best practice’ interventions, professional identity and staff supervision.
Michael was Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at UWA until 2010. He trained and worked as a primary and secondary school teacher for 5 years before studying Sociology at Sussex University. Subsequently, he studied Social Work at Sussex and worked as a social worker before being appointed as a Lecturer on the Social Work programme at Sussex – including 5 years as Course Director between 1980 and 1985 when he began his interest in professional supervision of practitioners and students. Mike and Brenda emigrated to Perth with their family in 1987; Mike took up a Lectureship in Social Work and Social Administration at UWA. Mike was Head of Department for 10 years working with colleagues in a range of local and inter-state agencies on research and consultancy projects – including Professional Supervision policy and practice Mike’s other research interests are in out of home care services, leaving care and, more recently, elder abuse.
Ismail Baba received his PhD from Barry University School of Social Work, Miami and M. Sc. in Social Work from Columbia University, USA. Currently, he is a Professor of Social Work Program at the School of Social Development, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM). His research interest includes psychosocial issues related to HIV/AIDS, social work education, and medical social work. He is a member of the National Task Force on Harm Reduction (NTFHR) Malaysia.
He was a former dean for the School of Social Sciences at Universiti Sains Malaysia from 2007 to 2011. He was the founder of the Community AIDS Service Penang (CASP) and was a Convener of AIDS Action Research Group (AARG) from 2006-2011 and was running the first National project on Needle and Syringes Exchange Program (NSEP) in State of Penang, Malaysia.
Amy Bala, currently the national treasurer of Malaysian Association of Social Workers (MASW), graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science (Social Development and Administration)from University Science Malaysia, Penang. Now retired from the Department of Social Welfare Malaysia, she is actively involved in both training and advocacy work.
Amy is committed to advocating social change through awareness and education. She participates actively in a variety of state and national level government and non-governmental advisory and policy committees to ensure professionalism in social work and quality child care programs. She also serves as an advisor at the Children’s Court, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
SITI HAWA ALI
Siti Hawa Ali is trained in the field of social work and social welfare policy. Currently she is holding a position of associate professor in the School of Health Sciences Universiti Sains Malaysia, chairing the elective courses and teaching subjects such as ethics, genders perspective in health, violence and society and coordinating a course on women’s health. Her ongoing research is currently concentrating on similar subject matters. As a trained professional, her practice base has been with the women NGOs particularly those handling the issue of violence against women and reproductive health, as well as coordinating One Stop Crisis Centre for the Hospital of Universiti Sains Malaysia, a service provided for people experiencing interpersonal violence.