Associate Professor Janet George

BA(UNE), MPhil(HK), PhD(Sydney)

Honorary Associate Professor in Social Work and Policy Studies


Phone: +61 2 9351 6888

Fax: +61 2 9351 3783

Building.Room: A35.727

Research interests

Social work and social policy

  • Ageing and end-of-life
  • Social policy
  • Social work in health care


Health policy, ageing, social development, social work education

Professional biography

With a first professional qualification in pharmacy and University teaching, followed by postgraduate qualifications in sociology and social policy, the focus of professional life has been research, publication and teaching in the fields of social policy, social development and social work education, primarily at The University of Sydney. During seven years residence in Hong Kong, researched at The University of Hong Kong and taught at City Polytechnic (now university) of Hong Kong. For fifteen years served on committees of the Asian and Pacific Association for Social Work Education (including President 1993-97) and the International Association of Schools of Social Work, as an elected Board member 1990-94 and 1998-2002 and Vice-President (Asia-Pacific) 1994-97. Research and teaching interests centred on health policy, notably published in States of Health: Health and Illness in Australia, 3 editions, co-authored with Alan Davis and numerous journal articles and presentations in the fields of social policy, social development, human rights, social work education and issue-based learning, social work and health care, ageing (including presenting the inaugural Celia Weisman lecture at the International Federation of Social Workers Conference, Adelaide, 2004). Administratively, served as Head of the Department of Social Work, Social Policy and Sociology 1997-2000 (inclusive).


  • 2009 Asian and Pacific Association for Social Work Education Outstanding Award


Professional and community roles

  • University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee (2002 - 2011)

  • Chair of ISAA-NSW Chapter (2006 - 2012)

  • Secretary, Cardiomyopathy Association of Australia Ltd (2007 - present)

  • Member, NSW Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing (2008 - 2011)

  • President, Independent Scholars' Association of Australia (2010~2013)

  • Immediate Past President, Independent Scholars' Association of Australia (2014~current)

  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board of the Independent Scholars Association of Australia (ISAA)

Current projects

  • 'Career, family and social change in 1960s Australia: An historical analysis of collected correspondence’

Selected publications

Book chapters

  • George, J. (2016). Cultivating wellbeing: Gardens and health in colonial New South Wales. In G. Poiner & S. Jack (Ed.), Gardens of history and imagination: Growing New South Wales Sydney: Sydney University Press.