Dr Matra Robertson

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

Adjunct Lecturer


Phone: +61 2  9351

Fax: +61 2 9351 5027

Building.Room: A35.

Research interests

Social work and social policy

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


  • 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

  •  Life Member of the United States of America, Social Work and Hospice and Palliative Care Network.

Selected publications


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

Journal articles

  • Robertson, M. (2013). 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, . (2016). What can we learn from family caregivers about hope during a home death. In Palliative Care New South Wales Biennial State Conference. Palliative Care New South Wales Biennial State Conference, 13-15th October, 2016.
  • Robertson, M. . (2014). Communication about time. In 21st Hospice New Zealand Palliative Care Conference.
  • Robertson, M. (2014). ‘Dying Time: people in palliative care describe experiences of time’. In 10th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society.
  • Robertson, M. (2012). ‘The family can wait, I want to talk now!’. In 20th Hospice New Zealand Palliative Care Conference.
  • 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.