Dr Matra Robertson

MSW(Sydney), PhD(Sydney), BSocSc(Sydney)

Adjunct Lecturer


Phone: +61 2  9351

Fax: +61 2 9351 5027

Building.Room: A35.


  • Highly Commended for clinical Research-Allied Health, by the St Vincent's Clinic Foundation, St Vincent's Hospital, 2010

  • University of Sydney Postgraduate Award, 2009

  • Ogilvie Palliative Care Bequest, University of Sydney, 2008

Professional and community roles

  • Clinical Specialist, Community Palliative Care Social Work, Sacred Heart Palliative Care Service, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney

Selected publications


  • Robertson, M. (1992). Starving in the Silences. Sydney: New York University Press, University College London and Allen & Unwin.

Journal articles

  • Robertson, M. (in press). Experiences of time: A qualitative inquiry into experiences of time as described by palliative care inpatients. Palliative & Supportive Care. DOI:10.1017/S1478951513000886
  • Robertson, M. (2010). Book Review: 'Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care', By Margaret Reith and Malcolm Payne. International Journal of Social Welfare, 19(1), 124–125.
  • Robertson, M. (2009). Listening: A psychosocial intervention in an end of life case of trauma and emotion in a residential care facility. Journal of Social Work in End-Of-Life and Palliative Care, 4(3), 214–228.
  • Robertson, M. (2008). Suicidal ideation in the Palliative Care Patient: Considerations for Health Care Practise. Australian Social Work, The Journal of the Australian Association of Social Workers, 61(2), 150–167.

Conference papers

  • Robertson, M. (2011). Researching the experience of emotion for people using palliative health care. In Death Down Under.
  • Robertson, M. (2010). Challenging Talk. In 18th International Congress on Palliative Care. Montreal, Canada, 2010.
  • Robertson, M. (2009). Researching emotions of hope/hopelessness in palliative care. In 9th International Conference on 'The Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal'. University of Durham, United Kingdom, 2009.